Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

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Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: kodb On: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:38 pm

Thought I would chime in now that I'm about a 6+ weeks in with the GlenBurn/Mallard Contracting coal. I bought directly from the breaker and had trucked in. Very easy to deal with- friendly folks and probably the easiest transaction yet when buying bulk coal. Net cost on site including trucking ended up being about $200/ton for a triaxle full.

The coal itself looked clean but I had far more fines than I would have expected towards the bottom of the pile (which is what I am burning now). I did not see any other extraneous debris. The coal color was "duller" and less shiny than the old Harmony. Size looked very uniform (other than the fines noted) and feeds fine in the stoker boiler.

MUCH MUCH more ash (about 60% more) when compared with the last of the old Harmony I finished burning in November. I am running a LL220 Boiler and with the new fans (Thanks Matt & Dave) and with lots of additional patient counsel by Matt on tuning the system the boiler is keeping pace although it has to run flat out to do so when temps are <5*F and the house temp can't keep up once <-5*F. I am finding a fair amount (maybe 15% total volume of ash) of unburned stuff/rock/partially consumed coal in the ash despite getting the "complete burn" with about 1.5" of ash on the end of the feed ramps. With the very cold temps we have had the last couple of weeks I am burning about a full bin (300-320 or so lbs/24hr period) which is consistently yielding about 36-38 lbs of ash (after tare for the ash pan) so roughly about 12% real world number ash content for this load of buck.

If I was using the old Harmony as a standard and a "10" this would probably be a 7.5 with points off for increased ash and the fines found in this load. Disclaimer would be this is the first coal I've used other than old Harmony after Greg (LsFarm) and Coalberner hooked me up with that when I started burning coal right up front.

I would rate the transaction and business end an easy 10 and would gladly do buy from them again if based only on this part of the interaction.

HTH somebody here
Bob
kodb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line 220K

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: jaygem28 On: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:00 pm

Got a ton of reading coal during the last arctic blast and found it could not keep up even after I set the damper to unknown ranges. Got a half ton from mallard since then.then comes this new arctic blast... mallard coal has performed very well with heat. Fines are terrible yet and ash is something I will have to get used to. Burns hot. Dirty coal. Lots of ash. Harmony I will miss you.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: pea thru nut. anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
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Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:11 pm

I'm about 3/4 through the 1.5 ton, yes, more ash and bone, more fines, but it burns hot and the EFM seems to like it. Will go back again.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

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Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: lewis On: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:00 pm

There may be better (Cleaner) choices available in a 2 mile radius.
    Atlas Coal Company but nobody's reporting much about it
    Helfrick Mid Valley Hot long burning but a good bit of ash
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Stove/Furnace Model: Old Model Magnum

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:04 pm

I'm open to suggestions, Mt. Carmel is a 2 hour drive for me, I can get coal closer to home, so quality and price matter.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: Anthracite Ed On: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:51 pm

Picked up a ton of nut about two weeks ago, Soo many fines in it I had to screen it and wash it with the garden hose
Not too much fun washing coal in the driveway in January, Not going back, Gonna try Direnzos next time
Anthracite Ed
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark II
Coal Size/Type: UAE Classic Deep Mined
Other Heating: Electric Heat Pump
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Stove/Furnace Model: Mark II

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: BigJohn On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:07 pm

I changed from Glen Burn-Harmony to DiRenzo. Its like night and day. The Harmony coal was full of fines looked like mud. DiRenzo burns hotter and clean with a lot less ash. I think the DiRenzo coal I got is better then the old Harmony Mine coal. It was hard to change from Harmony since I can see the mine from my house. But I'm glad I did.
BigJohn
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Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:23 pm

I think I am going to give DiRenzo a try this coming year as well. What was there price for rice again?

Thanks,
Glenn
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Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby, Hitzer 354 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Nut
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Defiant 1927 2in1

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: BigJohn On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:50 pm

I paid $180.00 per ton at DiRenzo
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Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:54 pm

Ouch. Never mind, won't be doing that. Shame sounds like they have good coal.

Thanks again,
Glenn
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Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby, Hitzer 354 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Nut
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Defiant 1927 2in1

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: roadking On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:24 pm

Tried rice coal from Atlas Coal size on the small size more like barley with a lot of fines, but it did burn well good heat plenty of ash. Next load was from Glen Burn (Mallard) rice seems like a mix of buck and rice burning well same amount of ash as Atlas. At this point old Harmony is gone for good
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Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: grobinson2 On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:30 pm

roadking wrote:Tried rice coal from Atlas Coal size on the small size more like barley with a lot of fines, but it did burn well good heat plenty of ash. Next load was from Glen Burn (Mallard) rice seems like a mix of buck and rice burning well same amount of ash as Atlas. At this point old Harmony is gone for good



I shed a tear each time I scope some more UAE rice into my coal bin. With this cold weather my stash will be gone by the end of the winter. :(
grobinson2
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: (2) EFM 520's
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coalbrookdale Darby, Hitzer 354 Custom
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Nut
Other Heating: Vermont Castings Defiant 1927 2in1

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:30 pm

You guys need to keep that Direnzo's a secret. You are going to ruin a good thing. ;)
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 700. Van Wert 1200.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: EFM 150, Keystoker 150
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: lewis On: Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:01 am

roadking wrote:Tried rice coal from Atlas Coal size on the small size more like barley with a lot of fines, but it did burn well good heat plenty of ash. Next load was from Glen Burn (Mallard) rice seems like a mix of buck and rice burning well same amount of ash as Atlas. At this point old Harmony is gone for good


I generally feel the Helfrick Mid Valley coals a bit smaller sized also on both the Rice and Pea I got ?
lewis
 
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Stove/Furnace Model: Old Model Magnum

Re: Mallard Contracting CO.INC the new UAE.

PostBy: steveyrock On: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:38 am

Number 2 fuel oil burns pretty clean and consistent no matter where it comes from.

Electric heat is even less hassle and all you have to do is turn up the thermostat.

Gas heat is good too as far as convenience and predictability is concerned.

Moving to a warmer climate is good but then tornados or hurricanes might have to be considered.

No ash pan emptying or other labor intensive problems that burning coal creates with any of these heat sources for those concerned about to much ash,stones,fines,dirt,dust.

Just throwing out some solutions to the ash pan weary or those who feel they don't get their monies worth when buying coal anymore. I doubt we will ever see the great coal with all the good characteristics that OLD HARMONY was.

I have burned rice coal from six different breakers and each had their own problem and it's called work but I never got what I would say BAD COAL from any of them.Some I liked some I didn't but they all heated my home without much issue.I had to lug out ashes with all of them,some a lot some a little less.Some of those breakers get coal from several strip mines so who knows were the hell it came from? One time it's great the next not so great.Colder winter and I got alot of ash too.
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