Can coal become to dry to burn?

Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: jimbo On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:01 pm

:? I had a guy tell me that an old timer he knows used to make sure his coal was always wet before he put it in the stove. He said they would mist it with a hose to keep it damp. Maybe it was for dust controll dont know. But him telling me that got me thinking that maybe you can get it to dry.
Can it become to dry?
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: WNY On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:20 pm

I don;t thin so!! It doesn't absorb moisture, it's only for dust control. I have mine oiled when delivered, there is virtually no dust at all. Stored inside, outside, wet, dry, it should burn the same.
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:27 pm

jimbo wrote::? I had a guy tell me that an old timer he knows used to make sure his coal was always wet before he put it in the stove. He said they would mist it with a hose to keep it damp. Maybe it was for dust controll dont know. But him telling me that got me thinking that maybe you can get it to dry.
Can it become to dry?


No
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:06 pm

Yes! If your coal has been dry for over 6 months you should immediatly give it to someone on the Forum and buy new stuff.
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: efo141 On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:09 pm

I had a guy tell me the the same thing. He said wet the coal before you use it . He dident know why but said it burned better.
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:15 pm

Not sure if it's and old myth or has any truth to it but you will hear that from a lot of old timers. Having said that I'd venture to guess any benefit of having it damp is probably be negligible if it were true but i really don't know. I have a old placard here from Van-Wert which states you should keep it damp but it doesn't say why. Keeping it damp is not an issue other than possible surface rust that may occur in some stoves on parts like that hopper...

3.Avoid using dripping wet fuel. Damp fuel is desirable.....


This is pretty old and may be the entire manual... :lol:

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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:08 am

I'll bet most of the "old timers" were taught how to run a coal burner by there mom.......... and mom didn't want any dust around. So wet it or else. :)
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:29 am

Richard, what exactly is a "kindle pac"?
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Re: Can coal become to dry to burn?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:22 am

No idea, I'm assuming its something like a coal mouse but with very small pieces of wood? This placard is not from my furnace, i found it in a friends basment and he gave it to me. The reason for not starting it with wood is it's possible for a unburned piece to get stuck in the mechanism which will cause it to break. We use wood anyway as its the easiest to use. Just have to make sure the pieces are not that thick and we always use split 2x4's which are very dry and easily burn up.
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