Blue Coal?

Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:31 am

while poking around old centrailia I found and "procured" this interesting piece.. guess it weighs 45# or so
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Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:15 pm

That looks like the stuff that oozed out of the Kimmels bags I used to buy. Will NOT come out of anything it stains - be it concrete or your clothes. Basically rust. Must be alot of iron in that coal.
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Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:44 pm

Follow this link http://www.sbiii.com/fulthrtl/ and scroll down, read about Blue Coal.
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Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: Cap On: Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:13 pm

SMITTY wrote:That looks like the stuff that oozed out of the Kimmels bags I used to buy. Will NOT come out of anything it stains - be it concrete or your clothes. Basically rust. Must be alot of iron in that coal.


We used to camp here 40.585777,-76.496987 when we were teenagers. There was an abandoned coal mine on the mtn. A stream of rusty water looking just like the crud on that rock flowed from that tunnel. Quite nasty. But fun times on the side of that mtn.

Cool stuff John. Blue Coal, an amazing marketing tactic!
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Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:57 am

Everybody seems to think the blue was paint. I still think it was blue chalk, like chalk-line chalk. Maybe they mixed it with water to spray it on like the photo shows. That would mean it was pigment ( blue chalk)and vehicle (water); as opposed to vehicle, pigment and binder ( anything from linseed oil to latex), which is what paint is defined as.
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Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: Meade On: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:02 pm

Good day all.

I happened on a road side coal loading station, in the Swatara Gap area of NEPA last summer. Since we were four rock hounds out for a day of fossil collecting, we decided to have our photo's taken in front of the "antique" structure.

While exploring a bit (I collect odd and iridescent Anthracite) I happened on a "stripe" of bright, solidly iridescent blue coal. Clearly NOT paint, or applied, but through and through. It laid in the form of a "river", coming down from one corner of the structure of metal and wood, and widening as it descended some 3-4" to grade level. It seemed to only be the top/surface area, not the underlying, or nearby piles. I gathered as many samples as were to be had, eagerly, since this is the only time I've found it in blue.

I've read the thread, but am searching for scientific data on what causes iridescence, and any other colors. Also, I would love to have contact with those who might have other color samples to share.

Thanks in advance,
Meade
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Re: Blue Coal?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:16 pm

Meade (I love the stuff and made a batch or two when I kept bees ;) )
Check your PMs -I sent you one
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