Coal Breaker Froze?

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 11:18 am

I just came back from my coal supplier and he could only give me a ton of pea coal (Blachshak) . Said they should of got couple more loads but things are froze up at the breaker .
Anyone else run into this?

Mac

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 11:26 am

Cold weather always makes things tough in the breakers...which is why they really urge people to buy their coal in the summer.

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 11:36 am

Rob R. wrote:Cold weather always makes things tough in the breakers...which is why they really urge people to buy their coal in the summer.
I burned 5-6 ton so far and my plan last summer was to build a silo hopper or a bin to hold 12-15 ton and buy once a year... I need to find some 6 ft steel drain pipe to build a hopper.

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 11:45 am

I'd imagine washing coal during frigid weather is problematic.

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 11:53 am

It's even a problem hauling coal, I've had loads freeze even when running a hot box. Not good putting your bed up & having almost nothing come out. :o

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 11:55 am

What's a hot box?

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 12:02 pm

You've probably seen them, what they do is direct the exhaust thru the hollow square tubing in the bed & the exhaust comes out the back of the bed. Normally works pretty well until it gets real cold & windy like now.

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 12:11 pm

Interesting. Never knew such a thing existed. Thanks!

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 12:25 pm

Even with a Hot Box unit, hundreds of COLD miles makes it stick to the sides, so they throw a little rock salt on the edges...scrape the edges with a square point....and off they go to the next destination. Right now is not a good time to play with the coal pile, and the weather should moderate soon, however if you have a Cat 325 out back, the frozen coal will be no match. You can get it loaded, dumping it is another story.......OR if you have a heated shop, no big deal. It has to be deadly for the breakers, making an already hard job MUCH harder....and more costly. :idea:

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Post Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 5:44 pm

Common, they use a lot of water and as you can imagine that can get very problematic when it's 0 out.

Even for delivery it's PITA, for example you need to be prepared to run the whole load into the bin. Once you stop those little bits of coal freeze on the chute and it will no longer run. You get frozen crust over the top if it's not covered which is really the worst part especially with the rice. You have to remember out has to out that little hole onto the chute, always had steel shovel for this time of the year to bust up the frozen chunks.

Bottom and the sides weren't that bad as long as the coal was reasonably clean and wasn't sopping wet. With the SS bottom you could usually give it a few good whacks with the shovel and it would just come off in sheets, otherwise you had to scrape it off.

I once took a delivery to Mildred in weather like this, Mildred is near Lopez which is the coldest place in PA. I got I off the stock pile so it was only minimally damp and already froze to some degree. By the time I got there and started unloading about 1 ton came out on it's own. There was tunnel about 2 wide from the back of the truck to the front of the truck, like a half a dozen donuts of donuts and you're looking through the hole.

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