After months of continuous burn, I ran out of "good" coal. I went out and got a 1/2 ton of strip mine coal local, figuring it would last me until I got a delivery.
It burned, but never got hot. In my Mark II I'd have the vent open 4 turns, and a roaring fire, but only get a temp of 270 degrees. I blew thru that 1,100 pounds in 10 days and was cold the whole time.
The yard was too muddy for delivery, and my truck was down, so a friend took me to where he buys his rice coal, deep mined, and I got a 1/2 ton there to try.
THAT IS WHERE THE NIGHTMARE STARTED.
This burned hot, but made clinkers of various shapes and sizes. It also made slag that was too hard to break up with the grates, and too large to fall thru. There would be enough slag to cover the grates and snuff the fire within 48 hours. I have a piece here, and when tapped on the desk it sounds like metal, and I can't brake it by hand.
Every other night I'd have to dump what was left of the fire, use a poker to knock the slag off the grates, and start a new fire.
I was lucky to let the fire go 6 hours without it needing major attention.
Yesterday, with my truck on the road again, I went to Summit Anthracite based on J.C.s recommendation and got 1/2 ton. I'm going to burn the last 2 5's of the [email protected]
coal and clean the stove out before I try the new coal.
I'm calling in for a delivery next week. I'm not even going to play, I'm just getting 2 tons from Superior Coal. Sure, the red ash doesn't blend when I fill potholes in my driveway - but I never had any trouble with the fire.
Next year I'll have enough for the entire winter before fall, so I don't have to play this game again.