wlape3 wrote:Joe in NH wrote:wlape3 - Was your Blaschak bagged? I burned about 3 tons of bagged Blaschak pea coal last year and I am up to about 4 tons of nut coal this year. I had a problem with some wet coal but thought this had more to do with the dealer storing it outside where the water off the roof ran right onto the pallet. It was late winter and we had to hammer the bags out of the ice. I have never found a rock using bagged Blaschak. I was wondering if their loose coal might not get the same level of quality control. Joe
All coal is kept wet to control dust and the potential for dust explosions. When I used to get pea coal it would dry out in my outside coal bin. Now that I live in upstate NY (as opposed to Berks, PA) I have to get it bagged and it never seems to dry out in the "Santa Claus" bags from Blaschak. At least the Kinney coal comes in a fiber bag which drys out over time.
The coal is wet to keep the dust down Anthracite dust is not explosive. And by the way there coal is put into 4 huge
drying hoppers before it goes into the bagging plant. They use a big Losch coal fired Hot air furnace to dry the coal . The coal is Rotated from one hopper to the next until dry before it goes inside to the automatic bagger and Pallet loader .