I am a new coal user. I bought a Hitzer EZ Flo 503 Fireplace Insert Coal Stove that was used for 2 years after 2011 and then idle until now. I cleaned it, replaced some fire bricks and repainted it with Satin Black Stove Bright Paint. It Looks great.
I have read conflicting accounts about Anthracite Coal Ash Disposal in Maine. I could use some under my walk way bricks to keep them level or some in my 100 foot driveway now covered with 3/4 reclaim that is five years old. I am concerned about whether the ash is toxic to a nearby vegetable garden if the snowblower picks it up and throws it as I clean the driveway. I also read conflicting reports about adding it to my compost. Some claim a respirator is always needed when handling Anthracite ashes and others say just close your mouth and watch the wind direction.
I will be burning Blaschak Bagged Nut Coal from Southern Maine Renewable Fuels, 354 Gray Rd, Windham, ME 04062, (207) 892-3702, http://woodpellets4me.com/
My trash is hauled by me to a rural Town Transfer Station. I expect to use about 3 tons of bagged anthracite based on my prior wood pellet stove needs. I understand I can use the old Blaschak bags to hold the ash.
Any thoughts and how to use (especially with gardens) and dispose of the excess Anthracite ash is appreciated.
Cumberland County, Maine