300 Tons of Unprocessed Coal

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Post Thu. Aug. 25, 2011 9:26 pm

glenn harris wrote:Just needs a bit of help gathering information on what it would take with the current equipment he has or if other equipment may be necessary.
He may have the stuff to crush and size it but the problem is separating the rock from it. That process will be costly and dirty. Let the breaker do the processing and just peddle the coal is my advice. :)

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Post Thu. Aug. 25, 2011 9:38 pm

Menzies cones and specific gravity.

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Post Thu. Aug. 25, 2011 9:51 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:Hmmm....
Menzies cones and specific gravity.
Yep, they are described pretty well in this forum. Do a search.

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Post Fri. Aug. 26, 2011 8:18 am

glenn harris wrote:A business aquaintance of mine owns a sand and gravel company and is looking at expanding his business with coal. So the 300 or so tons would be on a somewhat regular basis.
Just needs a bit of help gathering information on what it would take with the current equipment he has or if other equipment may be necessary.
Any advice towards that end would be great!


I have a lot of sand and gravel companies in my area. Processing sand and gravel differs greatly from coal. He has the equipment to handle the coal but not to process it. Also, If he gets into processing, he will need a completely different set of environmental permits. The process to clean the coal requires a large amount of water and that water has purified before being released to the enviroment. I recommend he take a trip to a breaker and take a tour before he gets too involved.

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Post Mon. Aug. 29, 2011 6:37 pm

If you can get some high recovery coal,deep mined or stripped, in the 70% recovery range or better you can proabably make a fairly decent product with the equipment on hand. You'll have to pick off the rock by hand and don't be afraid to let some bone mixed in with the feed going to the crusher. You'll proabably end up with pretty decent coarse coal and fairly respectable finer sizes. The problem is going to be finding high recovery raw coal. The going rate for hi recovery coal is 60.00+/- on the low end too 80.00+ on the upper end. now when you figure in trucking and processing costs and losses from rock and boney coal it might pay just to strike up a buisness relationship with a Breaker and buy prepared coal at a discount and resell it. Plus not running coal through a Heavy Media system your not going to have a premium product, maybe something in the 130.00 to 140.00 dollar a ton range.

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Post Thu. Sep. 01, 2011 3:04 pm

First of all, if you are going to buy coal like that, expect prices to be not so cheap because you are going to have to compete with China. Rumor has it that they keep buying all the coal on the ground, and I am told that is why coal prices are higher. The other thing is, if your idea is to buy someone elses raw coal and run it thru your own beaker or gravel machine, how much profit do you expect to make doing that? All the hard work of mining it and getting it out of the ground is already done. Running it thru a breaker is easy. You can't charge much just for that, and I really don't think that you are going to be able to buy raw coal from the miners cheap enough for you to jack up the price after cleaning, sorting and breaking it and still stay competitive with your prices. I just don't see how it would be worth your time. If you want to get into the coal business, get your own mining machines and get a permit. Then you could sell to China yourself!

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