Coal Bin Location (Is this Dangerous)

Coal Bin Location (Is this Dangerous)

PostBy: Rich On: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:04 pm

:?: Coal Bin Location (Is this Dangerous)

I'm new to the coal heating scene. My question is I have my Coal bin inside basement in small room aprox. 12' x 12' x 9'H. I also have a Gas fired Boiler that is used for heat. (water filled radiators). Is this potentially dangerous to have them both in the same room? The Boiler is about 8 years old. My Coal bin is about 80% closed accept access & fill hatch. The Bin & Boiler are about 6 to 7 feet apart. Should I be concerned about combustion? Thanks for helping a Newbie.

Bin is empty now But I plan on filling if it's safe to do so.
Rich
 

PostBy: BinghamtonNY On: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:19 pm

I think you'll be OK. Doesn't coal need to be like 800 degrees to even start burning? If it was me personally I would'nt be worried
BinghamtonNY
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Magnum Stoker

PostBy: Rich On: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:27 pm

800 degrees... I'm not sure. Ijust want to be safe. I was mainly concerned about coal dust combusting after filling bin if my boiler kicks on soon after filling. Thanks for the reply.
Rich
 


PostBy: BinghamtonNY On: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:30 pm

Did'nt think about the dust. Good point! They usually wet it down pretty good so it's not too dusty but you never know. I guess if you know when the delivery is coming you could shut down the boiler for that time period. Then wait for the dust to settle before you fire it up again. Just to be safe I guess.
BinghamtonNY
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Magnum Stoker

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:24 pm

I know this is a concern in mines and technically I guess under the right conditions that would be possible....... but...... I've never heard of this happening in a home. If there really was a concern for that possibility you would havve heard about it.

If it eases your fears any we have a gas water heater right near our coal bin and it's been like that for 25 years. I would assume you would need a very dense amount of dust in the air for it to be a hazard, far more than you're ever going to make simply moving the coal once a day or even the amount created during delivery.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: Rich On: Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:03 pm

Great thanks for the replies :)
Rich