Producing Coal Oil

Producing Coal Oil

PostBy: kootch88 On: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:12 pm

I was watching For a Few Dollars More last night after all the CLint Eastwood discussion got my juices flowing. In one scene he was spreading coal oil all over the place before lighting it. Have any of you guys ever tried to produce coal oil and if so, how did you go about doing it?
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Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Lehigh

Re: Producing Coal Oil

PostBy: BigBarney On: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:17 am

Years ago coal oil was what is now kerosene.

Many people had coal oil lamps and heaters.

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Re: Producing Coal Oil

PostBy: kootch88 On: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:40 am

There is actually a derivitive of coal oil that is different than Kerosene, which is a byporoduct of refining crude. I did some internet searching and they say coal oil is a distilled product.
kootch88
 
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Lehigh


Re: Producing Coal Oil

PostBy: billw On: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:31 pm

I did a little internet reading yesterday when I saw this post. South Africa is currently the largest producer of coal oil. It seems it takes a huge investment in equipment to go from a solid fuel to liquid fuel. From what little I read they are injecting steam into the solid fuel to convert some of it into a liquid. Nazi Germany was making oil out of coal during WW2. I don't think it's very economical or doable at an individual level. To bad, there are a lot of tinkerers here that would be building miniature plants and running their vehicles. :)
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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 520
Stove/Furnace Model: GOODBYE OIL COMPANY

Re: Producing Coal Oil

PostBy: BigBarney On: Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:37 pm

Here is an article referring to coal oil lamps and this is the same information

I got years ago from an Elderly Southern Gentleman who always called kerosene

coal oil and I asked him why and thats what he told me.Coal oil replaced whale

and animal fats in lamps in the early 1900's.

http://geography.about.com/library/misc/uckerosene.htm


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