gerry_g wrote:When someone else mentioned "I paid $80 for a 40# bag of "activated carbon", and stated it was marked as "pulverized anthracite." that was a inaccurate in that it was just pulverized anthracite. Who the heck would pay that price to grind anthracite? It was almost certain activated carbon derived from carefully selected and processed (or it wouldn't be activated) then tested from an anthracite base. That is it only thing I can fantasize that explains it's cost. It most likely had the same outside size as the anthracite used to make it, but activated carbon must be very porous which anthracite is not. The Japanese dominate the "fish tank" market (which started the activated carbon discussion) and happen to usually "activate" coconut shell charcoal.
coaledsweat wrote:Like it or not gerry, coal is the second largest source of activated carbon on the planet after wood. Prove me wrong.
gerry_g wrote:Please at least read! I stated it "was a inaccurate in that it was just pulverized anthracite". Activated carbon is a form of carbon processed to be riddled with small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.
Coal is not processed carbon or riddled with low-volume pores. It certainly can be the source of the carbon.
coaledsweat wrote: please explain how that is different than any other source of carbon be it wood, coconut or pecan shells.
Lightning wrote:Please, live long and prosper.. Agree to disagree.. Its just coal ash. If some wanna put it in the garden then great, you ain't gotts to eat the veggies. If you don't wanna put it in yer garden, please then put it somewhere else.. Maybe its hazardous, maybe its not... I don't think it matters anymore at this point..
Sorry just tryin to break the ice er I mean put my ash out over the bank..
Its all good....