Anyone Else Notice a Drop in Blaschak Quality Control?

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Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 3:11 pm

I burned the stuff for 3 straight seasons without a problem. Figures the year I decide to drop a stack of bills on 14 pallets it ends up loaded with rocks. :mad:

Started noticing an increase in wood last season, but at least I could shake the stove without it walking across the floor & making my coil plumbing leak. :x
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Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 3:40 pm

Sorry to hear you got "rocked". Hopefully it is just the pallet you're currently burning.

Maybe someone will trade you some Kimmel's for the Blaschak. ;)

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Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 5:06 pm

Its only my second year burning, but yes, Ive got more wood and some white rock I didnt have any of last year. Size varies a lot more too. My ash is knocked down with a slicer (Surdiac stove), so at least it doesnt plug anything. I have to pick them out by hand but its not hard to do. It seems to burn good so I cant complain much.
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Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 8:31 pm

My bulk Blaschak pea has wood chunks scattered throughout the load, and I encounter them often. I originally tried to fish them out when I saw them, but now I just ignore them unless they are large. I can't recall seeing even one chunk of wood in my lesser priced Stockton coal.
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Post Sat. Mar. 03, 2012 11:46 pm

I have not seen rocks(but the 983 is not that fussy) but some bags seen more like pea then nut but overall it's good :) Keepaeyeonit
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Post Sun. Mar. 04, 2012 5:52 pm

Besides the 3+ l s of water in every bag, my rice is also full of small stones and slate.
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Post Mon. Mar. 05, 2012 5:19 am

Keepaeyeonit wrote:I have not seen rocks(but the 983 is not that fussy) but some bags seen more like pea then nut but overall it's good :) Keepaeyeonit
I've seen the same thing in my bagged nut; lots of smaller pieces and fines. I'm seeing more wood, too, but that's not concern in the Harman Mark II. I just burn it up. Lisa
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Post Mon. Mar. 05, 2012 6:24 am

Blaschak isn't the only brand with problems. I am seeing lots of wood in my bagged Nut Size Kimmels and the nut is more like 75% pea size as well. I haven't seen any rocks or shale though. The wood and the size doesn't bother my Chubby, though it bothers me since I paid for nut and basically received pea size.
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Post Tue. Mar. 06, 2012 4:28 pm

Bought two tons of Blaschak bulk nut in August 2011. The pieces are a little larger than prior years but the size is pretty consistent throughout the load. There are some fines but not more than past deliveries. I have noticed some wood, maybe one piece every 100 pounds. The wood is the size of the nut coal and burns so it does not concern me. Have not seen any rocks yet this season. Most of the ash is powdery white with an occasional mineral skeleton or clinker.

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Post Thu. Mar. 08, 2012 6:01 am

Same here, like burning range coal except no consistent ratio. Every bag is a mystery, therefore so are my stove temps.

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Post Thu. Mar. 08, 2012 8:30 pm

I have been burning Blaschak for 4 years and this year there is more wood in the bagged pea. I have had many more puff back explosions this year than before so maybe the quality is off even though the ash is pretty clear of clinkers.

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Post Fri. Mar. 09, 2012 1:06 pm

I get mine in bulk and haven't noticed many rocks, but a lot of wood and a tremendous amount of fines and smaller than nut sized pieces. I've burnt about 2 tons so far and after the first ton I've had to start sifting the fines out. I'll bet that I have sifted out at least 10 five gallon buckets full of rice sized or smaller and the worst is still in the bin! Anybody want some rice coal?

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Post Fri. Mar. 09, 2012 4:09 pm

Dumped another f***ing fire last night. Getting real sick of this *censored*!! :mad3: Pipe is just pissing water everywhere. Stack is getting loose in the chimney, & all the cracks in the mortar reducing draft. What pain in the ass! Boy I'll be glad when this friggin winter is done with!!

I've had the varying size thing going on since I started burning 7 years ago. One bag is nut, next bag is range, next might be nut ... or might be pea. Happened with Kimmel's too. Nut burns soooo much better with my setup. But like I said before - that's no shock considering all the miles traveled, plus bouncing & smashing over the shitty roads the state can't seem to find money to fix.
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neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

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Crimes and Punishment."

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Post Fri. Mar. 09, 2012 4:55 pm

Smitty,

Sorry to hear of the issue.

I just hauled 6.5 tons of their rice in. Shovelled it off, so I got a decent look at it. Although it's smaller than it should be imo [they all size it small, I bet = $], I have not seen one rock or stick.

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Post Fri. Mar. 09, 2012 8:39 pm

I think the size of the screen needed for rice probably filters alot more crap out than with nut. I would imagine they'd spend extra time with it too, just to make sure it's clean. People would be raising holy hell if they had all these rocks going into their stokers, busting augers & everything. :shock:

I just wonder why the hell it changed so dramatically this year vs. years prior? :wacko:

My ol' man bought nut coal from the same place - same brand - just at a different time of year, and he hasn't had any problems whatsoever. :confused:
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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