Kimmel Coal Quality

Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: siblay On: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:11 pm

Checking to see if anyone can enlighten me about/ vouch for the quality of Kimmel. I saw a post on here from 2006 that pretty much summed it up as hit or miss, but that they might be opening a different mine and bagging a little better quality product.
We have an outlet locally that has some pretty decent pricing, but you can't burn a price.
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Markl

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: Adamiscold On: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:34 pm

This is the only post I've read on their coal.

Researching is a pain in the butt
Stove/Furnace Make: Chubby Sr. Old School

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: beaglady On: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:51 am

We burn Kimmel coal from time to time and have had no problems with it. DH usually gets coal at the breaker, but when we run out, the local convenience store has Kimmel and it works fine.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:58 pm

It's still hit or miss, depending on what and where they have been buying thier coal from, or if they have been pulling only from their own mines..

Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: traderfjp On: Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:29 pm

Mike said he picked up several bags last month and reported great results. I don't know if they get all their coal from their own deep mines so in essence it's a gamble but in all fairness many of the breakers are running out of rice so they could be buying their rice from another source too.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:31 pm

Kimmel's is all I have ever used -- it's all that's available here without driving 40 miles (not happening -- I like to overload to save trips! :lol: ).

I've never had a problem with the way it burns (nut coal), but in the past, I have had several pounds of trash out of 3.5 tons: Once had a grapefruit-sized boulder in the bag, I've had smaller rocks jam my grates open requiring more than one cleanout, I've had sticks, roots & what looked like pieces of railroad tie (don't care much about those -- their light & they burn) & once had a ball of dried mud bigger than a grapefruit with a few rocks inside & weighing about 10 lbs, in one bag. I've also found strands of electrical wiring ( those burn/melt ). This was all in one season! When I picked up that load it was loose bags. I didn't have a bigger trailer at the time & a 2500# skid would have blown out the tires as soon as the forklift set half the weight down! I think the kids working there were handing me stuff out of the rejected/returns pile. Now I just buy sealed pallets & count the bags as I stack them in the basement.

Last season, I had not one piece of anything out of 4 tons.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: traderfjp On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:41 pm

I've been burning Kimmels coal over the last few weeks and it seems to burn well. I have no unburnt coal in the pan and it seems to burn hot but maybe not as hot as what I was getting from my dealer.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: SemperFi On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:59 pm

I have burned Kimmel nut from time to time with no major complaints. They do have the best packaging of all of the bagged coal I have used. I tend to use bulk as I can get Reading for $218 a ton -vs- bagged Kimmel at $280. Kimmel burns to ash better than Reading but from what I can see it dosent burn as hot. I have never had a true show stopping clinker burning Kimmel.
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: H.F. hopper 90k btu

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: muradsay On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:58 pm

I burned Kimmel's for six years, from a local farm store dealer here in western Maine, then we hit a year with so much dust and grit in the bags that we had to sift EVERY BAG through 3/8ths mesh hardware cloth, just to seperate the trash from the nut coal. It appeared they stopped washing it and even sorting it, as the lump-size was all over the place as well. The next season I declined to use Kimmel's and found a dealer who was selling Blaschak's and it has been excellent product.

I'm nearing the end of four tons this season, went looking for more Blaschak's but not I picked up a single bag of Kimmel's to see if they had improved. NO, they are bagging the same gritty stuff that required sifting. I was losing about 10 to 12% percent by weight from every bag...not to mention the colossal pain in the butt of sifting it all.


muradsay, in western Maine, where snow just reached the level of a moose's butt.
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings
Stove/Furnace Model: Vigilant Coal II

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: traderfjp On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:07 pm

After burning about 3 tons I can tell you that there rice coal has 0 debri in it. Go figure.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: the snowman On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:45 pm

I have had mixed results burning Kimmels. I burned a quarter ton early this winter and found the bags to have a lot of fines which amounted to a couple of pounds per bag. I have had a few bags that were perfect. Nice sized coal and little fines. I have a hand sifter set up due to the fact that all of my Blaschak needs to be cleaned, so it was no real problem cleaning the Kimmels. The Kimmels does have considerably more fines compared to Blaschak. Even the Kimmels stove coal has a lot of fines in each bag. I agree that it is a hit or miss with Kimmels.

the snowman.
the snowman
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:58 pm

My brother in law and I bought a 22 ton load of Kimmel and he reports that it is burning great. I have not burned any as I do not have a stoker yet. :(
The snow here is also up to a mooses butt.

Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:35 pm

How does that compare to the "tall Indian's butt", or the 'nuts on a giraffe'? I'm thinking the Giraffe has em beat. I've seen a Moose REAL close and too personal (Man they don't smell too good!) and it's hard to believe an Indian could be that tall, however in downtown Skowhegan, ME, there is a REAL tall wooden Indian...also one in Freeport as I remember.
I'm still laying down the gold on the Giraffe!
You need to replace the old Memco, and get a stoker..........
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA130's,260's, AHS130&260's,EFM900,GJ & V-Wert
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Franks,Itasca 415,Jensen, NYer 130,Van Wert
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska, EFM, Keystoker, Yellow Flame
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska, Keystoker-2,Leisure Line
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska, Gibraltar, Keystone,Vc Vigilant 2
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Ford, Jensen, NYer, Van Wert,
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwoods
Coal Size/Type: Barley, Buck, Rice ,Nut, Stove
Other Heating: Oil HWBB

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: TimV On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:15 pm

Seems like a majority of the posters on this topic are worried about a little dust or under/over sized pieces.
Your burning a hand feed stove so I gotta ask is it really that much of a major problem?
If it was a stoker and you got chunks clogging the works maybe but picking the bag apart because of dust sounds like way too much time on your hands.Chunks of stove coal wont hurt a hand fired nor will a little dust
Some of the best coal I used this winter was stuff hand bagged in used bags and it was dusty ,dull had pieces of wood in it but burned as good as any I have used. It started fast and burned well.
I have found it all burns so I don't worry about it. next time try another
The only problem I had all winter was some soaked coal that was full of water but even that dreid and burned fine.
As to Kimmels being this or that I would get a few bags and try it.
I am using mostly Blashak nut bulk and it 100% every load even from diferent delivered loads to my dealer.
All bagged Blashak I used was also 100%
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Older Ashley Cabinet ( pre US Stove gobble up)
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Energy King 480 EK
Coal Size/Type: Warm weather smaller coal. Cold weather larger coal.
Other Heating: Oil Furnace Backup when repairs are needed
Stove/Furnace Make: Energy King Furnace
Stove/Furnace Model: 480 EK

Re: Kimmel Coal Quality

PostBy: paulsferg On: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:55 pm

first season burning coal.bought 22 tons of kimmels,burning in a efm problems at all.lit it once 2 months ago.dont have anything to compare it to.but so far so good
Stove/Furnace Make: efm520
Stove/Furnace Model: efm520