coalstoves wrote:Modern day regulations will all but end deep mining in the area, most of the operations will not be able to financially bring themselves to comply this is sad and nobody wants to see it happen but time marches on . As it is now the bulk of deep mining is restricted to the less desirable home heating product produced from the Lykens veins which while high in BTUs is more suitable for industrial application rather than home heating .
Strip mining however continues to grow and in some of the most premium veins of anthracite . Given technology like Reading and Blaschak use, computer programs control all aspects of the plant operation, maintaining consistent quality product .
The raw coal as it comes from the stripping pits contains foreign matters - such as stone, shale, wood and dirt. These impurities are removed by passing the coal through a modern series of mechanical operations in which water and magnetite serves as a flotation vehicle. There are three main processing systems that produce nine different sizes of anthracite coal two of which are
Course Coal Heavy Media Vessel - cleans and produces Stove, Nut, Pea and #1 Buckwheat sized coal
Heavy Media Cyclone - cleans and produces - Rice, Barley and #4 sized coal
After the washing and cleaning, the coal is separated into various sizes over different types of vibrating screens.
I know Blaschak coal is sold around many parts of the country their coal has never ever disappointed me and I don't think they would chance their reputation on an inferior product and Reading has a long rich history in the coal bizz I would hope they valued a good reputation also but a bad ton of coal in the basement bin is a real pain in the ass to undo so I just might stick to Blaschak after reading what others have reported .
You Better look at the link below Because If the lykens veins are not suitable for home heating You better stop using Blaschak because they are in Lykens 1 threw 7 veins In Columbia county and in Northumberland county they are in The Orchard The Primrose The Rough The Holmes The Mammoth Top split The Mammouth Bottom split And The Skidmore In Schuylkill County They are in The Little Tracy The Primrose to the little Buck Mountain And by the tons of coal they are pulling out of the 7 lykens veins 99.502 Tons way More Then all of There others 43.862 tons For Northumberland county 4.547 ton in Schuylkill county so I am wondering what coal are you getting From Blaschak That would be the
And as far as Reading you might want to look at the Refuse link for them aswell as the Surface mining link And look at the number of tons you will never know what you find in that stuff along with the size http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate ... urface.htmhttp://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate ... refuse.htm