mikeandgerry wrote:I believe that they use mineral oil on coal.
Petroleum oils stink in storage, filthy up your bin through migration, create a fire hazard, and smoke in your coal burner while the excess volatiles cause all the new coal control problems of bit.
For the short transfer problem you have, use water misted on your coal. Otherwise, buy the coal with the mineral oil on it already.
If you spray a light amount of oil, it will make NO difference in the way the fire burns, and you will not have the "new coal control problems of bit". What do you think mineral oil is??? mineral oil is petroleum oil, and a lightweight motor oil, even used motor oil produces no "stink in storage" the migration of oil film is exactly
what you DO want- you want to be able to spray a light amount of oil and have it migrate to coal that hasn't come into contact with the direct oil spray, additionally, if you have a masonry coal bin, if it migrates to the bin walls it will prevent acidic moisture attack against the masonry walls or floor of the bin.
As far as the idea about anti-freeze i would recommend highly against it. anti-freeze is highly toxic and will not burn, rather it will produce highly toxic vapors that if inhaled can produce deadly crystals in the brain; petroleum oils however, are "meant" for burning and burn with the coal just fine.