What do I have here?

Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: jpete On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:04 pm

It's pretty hard.

I just put the big piece in for now because I really don't want to dig it out if it all goes wrong. :D
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:40 pm

This just in......a glow has been reported in the sky on the east coast. reports are that the Iranians have somehow set off a nuclear reaction in a coal stove. Details at 11........ :shock:

Kevin
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:42 pm

jpete wrote:This stuff doesn't appear to be even a little magnetic.

I think I might throw a small shovel on top and see what happens.


LOL, that's the coal burner equivalent to "Hey fellas, watch this..."
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:50 pm

Followed by "Here, hold my beer!" :lol:
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: jpete On: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:54 pm

I think the experiment is over.

The large piece has been in for a couple hours and while just about glowing red on one half, nothing like "burning" is occurring.

I took it out of the stove and within 10 seconds, it looked exactly the same as it did before I put it in the fire.

Whatever this stuff is, it doesn't give off any BTU's!
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:36 am

I'm assuming it's still real hot when you take it out?

My only guess is someone had the worlds largest gas grill... That's the closest thing I can think of those things look like and the only reason I can think someone might have large quantity of it. That would also make sense if it's larger older home where wealthier family might have lived.
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:44 am

Any concrete in that house, especially on the second floor?

A little googling suggests pumice would be used in concrete for both it's insulating value and light weight. :idea:
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:49 am

Apparently pumice has been used to insulate chimneys, as well.
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:55 am

Is any of it stamped with:Pompeii Pumice Co."? :fear:
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:04 am

Don't know if there is concrete on the second floor.

It is certainly light weight. It's hot for a few minutes but not enough that it would make a good heat storage device.

Not sure if it's pumice. I thought pumice was softer and more crumbly. I took this out of the stove and whacked it on the concrete floor to try to crack it and I didn't even break a piece off. It's pretty tough stuff.
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: samhill On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:29 am

Looks like coke that we used in the steel making process, you have to have a pile of it & a lot of flame & air to get it started, we used to use a NG pipe & air hose. Once you get it going good it will melt down a 55/gal steel barrel to a ash bucket height in a few days. The rule of thumb was the bigger the better, needs lots of air flow they make it in coke ovens now with Bit but the best was the old Bee Hive Oven Coke.
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:10 pm

Took some to my coal supplier this morning and he says it's coke too.

They used to have one customer that still burned it but he dropped out several years ago.

He told me it doesn't smell when burned but I tossed an inch or so on top of my fire and went out to unload the half ton of nut I picked up and had to keep looking around for an asphalt truck.

It definitely smells like someone is having their driveway seal coated.
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:21 pm

Wow. I'm good! :D

I said it acted like space shuttle tile!

Discovered by accident to have superior heat shielding properties when combined with other materials, coke was one of the materials used in the heat shielding on NASA's Apollo program space vehicles. In its final form, this material was called AVCOAT 5026-39. This material has been used most recently as the heat shielding on the Mars Pathfinder vehicle.


http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/ ... el%29.html
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:01 pm

And there you go ! At the old U.S.Steel Lorain Works the guys used to make what they called "Salamanders" that were a simple vertical length(about 4')of thick-wall pipe fabbed up with legs and a grate open to the bootom. Loaded with coke,it was like a little jet engine,turning that pipe cherry-red. I remember on a sunny day you'd see little diamonds in the air. They called it Coke-Breeze. Helluva Soot!
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Re: What do I have here?

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:23 pm

Hambden Bob wrote:And there you go ! At the old U.S.Steel Lorain Works the guys used to make what they called "Salamanders" that were a simple vertical length(about 4')of thick-wall pipe fabbed up with legs and a grate open to the bootom. Loaded with coke,it was like a little jet engine,turning that pipe cherry-red. I remember on a sunny day you'd see little diamonds in the air. They called it Coke-Breeze. Helluva Soot!


Now that I do recognize.

When I took the big piece out of the stove and smacked it on the concrete, a bunch of "sparkles" came out. But only the first time so I didn't think much of it.
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