Broad Top Coal

Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: Short Bus On: Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:30 pm

Oh ya one last Idea, not that I've ever been involved in this kind of crap.

Remove the thumb form your local excavator and replace with a half round seciton of screen pivoted on same pin as bucket. Scoop bucket full of material from ground, extend thumb control, covering bucket with screen, extend dipper and shake out screened material.
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Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only

Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: LDPosse On: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:00 pm

Looks like I need to work on my welding and fabrication skills.... I don't think I'm up to the task with my WWII era Marquette, stale 9010 welding rod, and misc pieces of scrap metal. No heavy equipment, either.

Also, if anyone has a Square D QO 200amp service panel, about 100 feet of service entry cable, conduit and several rolls of THHN they are looking to donate to a good cause, PM me :D HAHA I'd also come pick up any unwanted skid-steers with my Prius.
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Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine, Warm Morning
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Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: Short Bus On: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:00 pm

The Marquette will throw a good arc, but newer units use less power and have some features that make it eazier to control.
I had a friend that would grab that unit and TIG weld with it, just beautiful, he was a true welding artist.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Kewanee boiler with Anchor stoker
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut / Sub-bituminous C
Other Heating: Propane wall furnace back up only


Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: LDPosse On: Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:05 pm

Well I figured I'd post an update.

I've been working at sorting this ROM coal. My setup is about as primitive as it gets!

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So far, I've been ending up with about as many fines as I am good lump coal. I am using 3/4" mesh, I will need to screen again with something smaller to get the smaller, but still usable coal out. Here's some I sorted out today :

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This stuff really does burn great in a hand fed stove. It seems to have a lower FSI than the coal I got in MD, which was a 9 coke button. The downside with the broad top coal, is that it does not tolerate being handled too well. The coal is fairly friable. The other problem is that this stuff has alot of slate attached to it. I will probably have my 32 gallon trash can filled with slate by the time I'm done sorting through it.

Not sure if I'll stick with the broad top coal or not. The MD coal is almost as hard as anthracite, and tolerates handling without turning to dust.
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Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine, Warm Morning
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Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: Oldkingcoal On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:45 pm

Okay LD, I have to ask. Do you still have the contact info for the mine in Broad Top?
I like to experiment with different types of coal too and had looked into the Broad Top Field and could not find any active mines, guess you really did your homework! Last time I was driving back from Ohio I picked up a ton of some ROM bit from the New Lexington area, (think its high vol). Think it would do well as fireplace coal but really spikes up after a new load of fresh coal. Otherwise, it’s nice, no shale etc, only problem is that I have to break it up by hand. I read that “Nut and Slack” article you posted, think I will give that a try once I start off the heating season.
Thanks,
Paul
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Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: LDPosse On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:50 pm

Paul -

The company is

Ferlitch Construction
(814) 937-1999

The owner's name is Paul Ferlitch. That is his cell number. He is hard to get ahold of. I would suggest leaving a voice mail and giving him a few days to a week to get back to you. The mine is not normally open to the public, so you need to arrange a time to get coal. Just be advised, he will probably have you on the phone for an hour or more talking about coal, lol.

I don't know that the mine has an address, but attached is an image of where it is located. You can see the entrance road if you zoom in further with whatever mapping site you use.

I would highly suggest avoiding the run of mine, I ended up tossing out nearly half of what I got. There was alot of shale still attached to the coal.

Good luck!
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Re: Broad Top Coal

PostBy: Oldkingcoal On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:58 am

Thanks for the good intel and thanks for the heads up on “the talker”. I have an uncanny knack for finding those types of people wherever I go! I like talking about coal too, so no problem. $80 for house coal that has been prepped is still a good deal, I paid $75 for ROM at Oxford (it was very nice for ROM though).
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