Well guys, I figured I would post a review on two different places where I bought rice coal this year.
My 1st ton of coal was bought here due to the price of $150 a ton (Pickup).
Route 901/Sunbury Road
When I arrived here I noticed there was no scale. When it came time to be loaded, they loaded my trailer up with a ton of rice coal which consisted of two scoops with a larger skid loader. The coal looked smaller then rice and like it was a little dirty but I figured that was no big deal. It was free and clear of foreign material. As it was unloaded I saw more and more of fines and after looking at it almost looked like the rice coal was mixed with barley as that’s how small some of the pieces were. (See Picture Above) The coal did burn without any problems, but I was getting a lot of fines out of my DF520 every night when I would open the fines cleanout lever, a lot more than I ever saw before and I was burning more of it. The previous coal I used (stuff that was there when I moved in the house) burned very nicely and I would put a 5gal bucket of coal in the barrel a day to keep it topped off and had 1-1/2 to 2 bushels of ashes every 7 days. With this latest load, there were days where I would be putting 1-1/2 to 2 buckets a day and would have between 2 -1/2 and 3 bushels of ashes every 7 days. I’m guessing that it was just burning that fast because it was smaller and the stoker ran longer to keep up to temp. With all of this said, this would be the last I would try this coal. Everyone was very nice at the place and I have no complaints about them, just their product. They said they mine their own coal but could not give an ash percentage.
After doing some searching around on here I decided to try the place below as they wanted $170 a ton (Pickup)
328 E Main St.
When I arrived here they did have a scale and I got loaded directly from the storage bins inside the breaker via a chute. The coal looked a lot more of what rice was supposed to be and was not very wet at all. It was mostly just damp and looked very clean and free of foreign material. (See Picture Above) The guy was very nice at the breaker and was helpful and informative with the questions I asked. He said they mine their own coal and they are running 11% ash now. The stoker has been burning the new coal for a week now and I can definitely notice a difference in the heat output of this new coal. The stoker doesn’t run as long to come up to temp and I am back to my (1) 5gal bucket of coal per day to keep it topped off. The fines and ash are back down to being around the same amount as the first coal of the season was. If it keeps burning good, I will be definitely going back there again.
Hope this was helpful!!