Aquaii Boiler and Metallurgical Coal

aquaII boiler and metallurgical coal

PostBy: blue_chopper On: Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:24 pm

hello all im new here just got a older aquaII outdoor wood/coal boiler that I cant seem to get much info on. it has grates in it but no shakers. im wanting to burn coal and I ran 1 40lb bag of anthracite in it and it didnt go too bad. we have bit. local in nwpa and metallurgical coal. has any of you ever heated with the metallurgical ? any info on the stove and metallurgical coal would be great.
Stove/Furnace Make: AQUAII Alaska channingIII
Stove/Furnace Model: 500

Re: aquaII boiler and metallurgical coal

PostBy: NOPEC On: Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:58 pm

the bituminous will smoke and stink badly. it will also weld itself together into a big lump that you will need to tend. I tried it because it was cheap and available. i'll cut wood before I burn bituminous again. metallurgical coal is coal suitable for making into coke: lower in ash and lower in sulfur. I've never burned it. if your boiler doesn't have shakers, are you sure it's "coal ready"? I've seen other outdoor boilers that came with wood grates by default but had optional shakers.
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon SF-260 Boiler
Stove/Furnace Model: no-name Lowes woodburner

Re: aquaII boiler and metallurgical coal

PostBy: Berlin On: Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:25 am

I'm not familier with your particular boiler, however, bituminous coal will have different burning characteristics than wood or anthracite coal. It can be used to heat a home efficiently and without any more mess than any other fuel, anthracite included provided you have a decent setup. The 'fusing and melting together' that the previous poster mentioned is a characteristic of coals with a high Free Swelling Index FSI (or "high coke button" ranked 1-8, 1=less prone to swelling and 8=cakes and swells together tightly and strongly); there are bituminous coals with high swelling index which make it a real pain to heat with them and bituminous coals (most of them) with low swelling index. Metallurgical coal is a very high swelling coal, which is the last thing you want to burn; it might be higher in BTU's and lower in sulfur but it's not even close to worth it. sulfur content is not important for home heating, if you don't want to smell any sulfur outside ever, you shouldn't be burning bit coal; there's not any discernable difference between lower sulfur bit coal 2% and higher sulfur bit coal 5%.

When looking for good coal for home heating and hand firing concern yourself with these qualities:
Ash fusion temperature- the highest you can find
Ash content- the lowest you can find
Coke button or FSI the lower the better (less than 4 is ideal)

you won't find everything you want in a coal but try to get as close as you can to the above and you'll have decent bituminous coal.
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