BeerMonley wrote:i just shook down the first load and the ashes are mostly red, is this normal? did i just get a different quality of coal than i got before or a different kind?
BeerMonley, do a search on "red ash" and "white ash". You'll find a lot of threads dealing with the difference in BTU content, ash content and clinker-ing. I had one load of coal from the same dealer I always uses that burned with a red flame. It wasn't as hot as the coal I usually get from him but it wasn't drastically different.