"range" anthracite

"range" anthracite

PostBy: italia899 On: Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:37 pm

Hello all,

I am deciding which size anthracite to use for my Brunco Hearthglow fireplace insert. I believe it requires nut size anthracite but I read in a coal faq about the use of range anthracite (a mixure of nut and pea).

Since I'm new to anthracite burning I was wondering if range anthracite was a little more controlable and user friendly. Also, if I decided on range, I'm assuming I'd tell my supplier to give me half nut and half pea. Thanks in advance for the help and everyone's help on my past questions.
italia899
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Brunco
Stove/Furnace Model: Hearthglow

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:44 am

I have many customers that use range. Basically the pea acts as a damper, if control is your goal then it's ideal. You won't get as much heat out of it though in the short term. For example I have a customer that burns about 15 tons a year in 5 ton installments. He usually gets range the first load, nut the second and range the last. He also prefers to have more nut than pea in it for the range loads.

My suggestion is you get the nut and purchase a few bags of pea and try a few combinations. FYI most stoves that burn nut will also burn straight pea.

On a final note avaialbility of range is going to depend on your supllier. It's not avaialable at the breaker as a size. In my case I load each seperately but in the same compartment. It thoroughly mixes as it's being offloaded.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: FedFire47 On: Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:28 am

Just like the admin said. Nut will burn hotter and faster and pea will burn slower and cooler. It all depends on what you are looking for. Before I got my furnace and was using a shaker stover I used to put a layer of rice on top of the pea to slow down the process so I didn't have to keep relighting it everyday. It all depends what you are looking for but just keep in mind it takes time to get it the way you want it. I have had my funace going on 4 years now and I still make minor adjustments here and there. Too bad they didn't have the freakin tweakin site like for your computer LOL.
FedFire47
 


PostBy: italia899 On: Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:48 pm

I love the idea of having control however I just read that pea tends to go through the grates when its still red on some stoves. I don't want to waste fuel. My grates are about the size as a Hitzer 503 insert. I have a Brunco Hearthglow Insert
italia899
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Brunco
Stove/Furnace Model: Hearthglow

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:19 pm

That shouldn't be a big problem unless the spacing in the grates is very large. You may have some that falls through but that's going to happen no matter what size you are using. And in most cases it's going to be just about spent anyway. As I suggested get a few bags....
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite