Wheelo wrote:So a neighbor who lives about a mile away, every time I drive past his garage, I see a steady plume of yellowish looking smoke belching out his chimney pipe. It kind of has a coal smell to it, and being that we both live less than 5 miles from a mine that sells lump coal, I can imagine he's getting the same stuff I am. My smoke looks rather dark grey, and clears up shortly. Not this cat, his is ALWAYS yellow, and never clears up! I'm just curious, and not bothered at all by the smoke. I've just never seen anything burn like that.
yellow sounds like sulfur sounds like lignite or bituminous perhaps ? people can burn some strange stuff though. the old guy that lived next to my mother in law, had a big old coal hot air furnace as main heat for his old stone foundation 100 year old farmhouse. he also had a beagle dog for just a few years. in the winter he brought the beagle inside and it would live in the house, and do its business in the basement. the old guy would shovel you know what into the hot fire to get rid of it. talk about some strange smells in that neighborhood during winter. fortunately the dog didnt live long, the homeowner moved in with their kids for assisted living. but yeh people will burn some stuff in house furnaces that isnt just coal or wood, especially in country rural areas. my grandmother used to take the entire bag of trash and papers from the kitchen and just toss it on top of the furnace fire to burn it. no food or rubber or tin cans, but everything else. it was a common way to get rid of the trash. if someone in the family got a rabbit, squirrel, grouse, etc. small game hunting, thats where the hides and guts went too, in the winter time. her pet parakeet died one day, guess where the parakeet corpse went. you guessed it. in the kitchen cook stove and cremated. my brother's neighbor is burning green wood and trash in his basement woodburner right now, and the smoke from that will gag you 200 feet away. plastic food containers and food trash in the furnace makes for some smoldering putrid smoke.