I live in the center of the NE PA Anthracite area; I'm surrounded by it. You can pick it up virtually anyplace, it is all over the ground; besides being mined nearby.
Oil is getting way too expensive; we are going to make our own outdoor furnace to burn wood and anthracite, which will be hooked into the existing forced hot air venting system. My husband knows how to create an outside setup for wood burning; but, from what I have been hearing, anthracite burning requires something a bit different, because it needs alot of air in order to burn. So....I could use any ideas, tips, info on burning anthracite; plans, on how to construct a furnace ( burner? )
I'm new to the Forum, and have not yet read every topic, but I will get to it. Buying one is completely out of the question, because my husband is Retired on a low income; so, we have to make it ourselves ( he is very skilled ( masonry, stone work, metal work, heating, air conditioning, electrical, mechanical, electronic, etc, etc. ) so this will not be a problem for him to construct.
We are not originally from this area, and have never been around coal heating, have never used it, so know basically nothing; other than that anthracite burns cleaner, hotter and longer, than other coal.