considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

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considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: mof1964 On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:03 pm

hello,
I am in need of about 7 tons of buckwheat coal. My usual hauler is having mechanical issues with his equipment. I am looking to a new hauler and he hauls Blaschak coal. I have been using Direnzo. I guess I'm looking for some feedback as to the current quality of the Blaschak coal. Is the sizing good for all sizes?
how is the ash content? I get minimal ash currently with Direnzo.
I need to move on getting the coal. I only have about 2 weeks worth left and the new hauler I'm looking at is available for about a week or so and then he's gone for spring gobbler season.

Please advise.


Mitch
mof1964
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coal Chubby

Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:14 pm

I never had a bad bag of Blaschack and have burned a lot of it.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:19 pm

Never had a problem with Blaschak. Go for it!
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:13 pm

Relax,Mitch! You've been around here since 2008,so you've seen a lot of Folks make the mistake of moving fast and regretting it. You know: "Act In Haste,Repent In Leisure" You've got the money others want. I like your position. If it was me,I'd figure it this way: I've got to figure that you might be able to find some bagged Blaschak available to finish off your Season easily. Try it out first. See how it performs for you. Don't get 7 tons of it. I've seen Direnzo's have a Rabid,Cult Like Following here. Sounds like good stuff! The Guy you've been doing your Cartage Business with is Broke Down. He knows you. Ask how long he expects to be down. Is he or has he been a Hoser in the past? If he's good,stay on board with him and don't Panic Shift to another Hauler with another brand and Turkey hunting on his mind instead of Business. If you have to,call DiRenzo's and take 1 minute explaining that you Love their Coal,Your hauler's Down for A Long One,And Do They have a list of Folks that would haul 10 tons to Your Place. To hell with it. After this Winter and now the problem you've encountered,I'd start an Overlap Stocking Program on Your Property that will keep you ahead of whatever Winter Demand,Availability and Potential Future Budget Shortfall Problems that you might encounter. Of course,it's you're money to outlay,so it's up to you. Good Luck,my Proactive Friend ! Hat's Off to you ! :clap: :yes:
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:36 pm

Aside from my last bags being wet coal .. I have had only the issues of improper sizing on occasion (nut coal being closer to pea ~ which in itself can be an issue on cold days).
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: tsb On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:08 pm

Wait and get the Direnzo !
Try Shawn Himmelberger 610-587-9176 / 570-773-0386
tsb
 
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:11 pm

Blaschak burns fine, but will produce about twice the ash of Direnzo's current coal.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: Dennis On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:32 pm

I got a load of Blaschack and was the worst crap i've ever burned.I got a 1/2 ton of Direnzo and was great.I used up the Direnzo and got another load of Blaschack and it was better than the first load of Blaschack,but not anywhere as good as the Direnzo.
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: padon On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:59 pm

I have been very happy with Direnzo coal. I am getting six more tons this week. I would contact the breaker. I know the person delivering my coal left his name at the breaker.
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:15 pm

When I switched from Kimmel's to Blaschak back in '09 or so, it was like I was burning an incredible new fuel - the burn characteristics were night and day different. Powdery ash, LOOOONG burn times, and lots of heat out of the Mark III. The minute I had the money for a truckload of pallets, I got the WORST crap ever. Just my damn luck. The coal was decent - still better than Kimmel's any way I sliced it - but, this batch of nut was mixed with ROCKS! Had many many frustrating nights clearing jammed grates at midnight when I should've been sleeping. Must've been 5 or 6 pallets like this. Felt like the torture would never end! Those 5 - 6 were mixed, so the torture lasted through 2 seasons. The stoker boiler came just in time ....

This was my first season running a stoker on Blaschak rice. No problems at all, aside from the aforementioned sizing issues. I found 3 consecutive bags out of well over 200 with nut to stove sized chunks mixed in. Was so big they just spun and spun on the paddle, instead of getting mashed and breaking something. Fine with me. I just put them in layers of newspaper and wacked them with a hammer. Voila! Instant rice. ;)

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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: mof1964 On: Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:07 am

I would love to wait for my normal guy to get his truck up and going but it's going to be awhile till that happens. He needs a motor for his truck.
He has no problems with me looking for someone else to get me the coal. I will use him again in the future when he's running, just can't wait too long.
Has anyone used any of the haulers that Direnzo has recommended?
I really would rather have the Direnzo even if it costs me more money.
mof1964
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Coal Chubby

Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:19 am

Call Direnzo, I'm sure they have a list of local haulers that can take care of you.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: tsb On: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:43 pm

Try Shawn Himmelberger 610-587-9176 / 570-773-0386

Or is he the one that is down ?
He hauls Direnzo for me !
tsb
 
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: confedsailor On: Sat May 10, 2014 3:57 pm

Got a 1.2 ton pallet of Blashak Pea from Burntime in Central CT for last season, Seemed to burn very ashy and quick, not like the Susquehanna Pea, (Flemings Hardware, Preston Ct) id used before. However, on a lark, swapped over to Blashak Nut from the Norwich Agway. The stove seemed to love it, much less ash and longer burn. But bag to bag its like rolling dice. I have a feeling since they are reclaiming coal they are getting a fair amt of sh.....ingle in with the coal. I'll be endeavoring to go straight Susquehanna this coming year, as i know what its gonna do bag to bag.
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Re: considering buying Blaschak coal for 1st time -- yes or no?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun May 11, 2014 10:14 am

Beginning of this past season, blaschak waas really awesome compared to my previous years of burning them. Little ash and a high heat output per pound. My last 2 ton load however was back to lots of ash. Always had good high heat output but the ash content varied dramatically this year.
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