Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

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Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: engcogod On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:33 pm

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).

Mammoth Materials
Route 901/Sunbury Road
Minersville PA

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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.

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After doing some searching around on here I decided to try the place below as they wanted $170 a ton (Pickup)

Gale Mining
328 E Main St.
Tamaqua, PA

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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!!
engcogod
 
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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:06 pm

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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: LDPosse On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:11 pm

Great review, nice pics! It's too bad Mammoth seems to have sizing issues with their rice coal.

What color ash is the coal at Gale Mining?
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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:13 pm

Did you get a look at the buck-size coal at Mammoth?

I have always heard good things about the coal from Gale Mining.
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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: engcogod On: Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:41 am

Did you get a look at the buck-size coal at Mammoth?


I personally didn't get a look at the buck, but a buddy of mine is burning it and he seems to like it. He originally tried a load of rice coal from there and wasn't too happy as it seemed undersized. I do know they also sell a "Hybrid Mix" which is Buck and Rice mixed together.

What color ash is the coal at Gale Mining?


The ashes are more of a white-ish with a little bit of yellow color. I am getting a few small clunkers but there is no slate or anything in the ashes that I can see. The coal is burning very evenly and all the way. The stuff I got from Mammoth before did have slate in the ashes as I got gray/dark gray pieces.
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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: fifthg On: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:41 pm

Gale now has their top quality coal bagged,palletized and shrink-wrapped.It is on special introductory pricing rate of $200/ton for nut,pea,or buck and $210/ton for rice.Their bagging system puts the coal in a bag right in the breaker,it never hits the ground or is rehandled,and has to be the cleanest,truest to size in the business.
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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:11 am

I drive by the Blaschak bagging plant several times a day. The building where they keep the palatalized bags is full to the ceiling, end to end, side to side. Their coal piles are huge and they are still adding. It's also going out in railroad cars everyday. I can get mesmerized watching the huge front end loader filling up the rail cars. :drool:
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Re: Rice Coal Reviews for the Year

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:58 am

Got a TT load of rice from Gale and did some gentle heating with my AnthraKing and this is looks to be my favored stoker/fuel combination. Waiting for SHTF time for a final judgment on this but I know my stove well enough to know this Gale/LL is going to be good. The jury is out on my hand feds which will burn nut.

I can get mesmerized watching the huge front end loader filling up the rail cars. :drool:


Do I sense a free operator for our farm? :)
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