Coal Trade?

Coal Trade?

PostBy: AGSurfer11 On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:00 am

I have about a ton of nut coal that I picked up from a nice gentleman who had burned coal for about 30+ years but decided that the time had come to give it up. He listed the coal for free on craigslist, all I had to do was show up, shovel it out of the bin, and it was all mine.

So, of course, I went and picked up the coal. As previously stated, this is nut coal. The only hitch is that I have a Surdiac that loves burning pea coal, but hates nut coal. My Surdiac has a gravity fed hopper and I have tried adding a little bit of the nut in here and there, but it seems to clog up the hopper, so much so that it has put the fire out on several different occasions. I've also tried opening the front door and piling a couple lumps of the nut coal on top of the coal bed, but it doesn't seem to fully burn when placed there.

In any event, I was hoping to test the waters to see if there was anyone here on Long Island (preferably in mid- to eastern Suffolk County) interested in "trading" about a ton of nut for a ton of pea.... I know some stoves can burn both, seems my stove is not one of them. I've read of others who like to mix the two and make their own range coal, which is what I had planned on but it just doesn't seem to be working out... I've also considered "breaking" the nut coal down into smaller pieces so that it's closer in size to pea coal, which is what I will do if I have no takers.... Any other thoughts / suggestions?
AGSurfer11
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac - Baronet 720

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:35 am

start bustin it was free. do a bucket full a day hell it will be fun. all u need is a hammer,bucket and a couple cold beers...
buffalo bob
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: AGSurfer11 On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:53 am

Cheers to that Bob! :cheers:
AGSurfer11
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac - Baronet 720


Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:20 pm

One piece at a time? Well, you'd be earnin yer free coal that's for sure.. :lol:
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: AGSurfer11 On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:36 pm

Beer, fresh air, the sound of the wind through bare branches and steel obliterating some black rocks....

I suppose I could think of worse ways to spend my time. :D
AGSurfer11
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac - Baronet 720

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:43 pm

One Man's Hell could very well be another Man's Heaven! I've seen worse solutions! toothy
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Lightning On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:48 pm

Some of the pieces are likely pea size. What about screening first then breaking just the bigger pieces. At least that way you wouldn't need to inspect every piece and decide if it needs broken.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:48 pm

Don't forget the ski,.....I mean safety goggles :D
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:51 pm

And the Neighbors will have hours of cheap,mindless entertainment!
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Dirty Steve On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:33 pm

Build a mini coal breaker. Scrap yard holiday and you might be in business. Something in an old clothes dryer comes to mind :)
Dirty Steve
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Oil- Off line
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:30 pm

Lightning wrote:One piece at a time?


He's got a ton to process.....

Please hold his beer while he

lays a tarp on driveway,
spreads the coal out on the tarp,
then drives a vehicle of choice over the coal on the tarp while playing 'sledgehammer' on his ipod. :D
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:12 pm

I bet you could find a cheapo stove to hook up and burn that ton. On any given day there is 3 or 4 $100.00 stoves around me that I could scoop for fifty and squeeze all the btu's out of that ton with out lifting a hammer! ;)
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: AGSurfer11 On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:08 am

Tarp and a truck = a poor man's coal breaker.

Sounds like a home run to me, thanks for the great ideas all. :up:
AGSurfer11
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Surdiac - Baronet 720

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:12 am

Putting the coal between two sheets of plywood and driving over it might work as well.
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Coal Trade?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:53 am

dont forget to wear your goggles while you're driving/breaking - cant be too safe ya know!!

:)
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite