Dancing Blue Flames

Dancing blue flames

PostBy: wawrd1 On: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:25 pm

I have been burning Ohio bituminous coal and wood mixed in an outdoor wood boiler with success for a couple years now. I have noticed that at reload time I have blue and sometimes green flames dancing in the coal (as in hot coals) bed. I wonder if it’s a phenomenon associated with the wood coal mix or if it is primarily coming from the coal. I know the Anthracite guy's have laid claim to the term "Blue Ladies". I can’t help but call these flames the "Blue Biddies” :lol: . Any coal burners got any ideas on the blue/green flames?
Other Heating: Natures Comfort 325G Outdoor wood/coal boiler

Re: Dancing blue flames

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:36 pm

You'll get green flame with copper in the fire. Could be some wire mixed in the with coal? Wouldn't be the first time I've seen or heard of that happening. ;)
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Dancing blue flames

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:06 pm

I have also gotten blue/green flames with the oxford coal. It burns with a yellow flame at first then after a bit it will have a few dancing green flames then they will turn bluish. I figured it was just CO(burns blue) and some hydrocarbons(burns yellow) blue and yellow make green.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: combustioneer model 77B
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker/Ohio bituminous