blue83camaro wrote:In order to get the heat output from soft coal you must burn it hot enough to ignite the gases, the same as wood. So if you slow the burn it smokes a lot and the smoke is unburned gas or wasted heat.
That's another good point, many coal customers with large furnaces like mine burn year round. Couldn't do it with soft coal. In the summer you can look in the firebox on my furnace and it doesn't even look like anything is burning.