mcrchap wrote:Why would you ever want to buy soft coal? It's by far more dirty and gassy than anthracite.
Much less $$, higher btu's, and less ash. In a stoker it's smoke-free. In a hand-fired stove it will produce visable smoke from the chimney, but it's no dirtier to handle or burn indoors than anthracite. I've had numerous long-time anthracite burners switch to bituminous after trying some- even for almost the same price! Why? as i mentioned, more heat, less ash, and most importantly to most people - if they're away and their boiler or stove goes out, when they return home late at night they don't have to sit around for a few hours and baby it; they can get a few pieces of scrap wood burning and load it up with bituminous, burn it hot for a few minuites and then fill the boiler/furnace and go to bed.