What Size Does This Appear to Be? Buck or Pea?

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CasualObserver
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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 6:36 pm

See the photos. All coins in the photo are US Quarters. Sometimes they are blown out for being too bright against the black coal.

What size does this coal appear to be? Buck or Pea?

Found the chart at the end and it got me to thinking. Always used rice in the past.

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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 6:45 pm

I'm gonna vote for pea, looks to big for buck.
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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 6:53 pm

I'm gonna vote Buck with a few pieces that could pass for pea lol

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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 6:55 pm

I say it's pea.
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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 7:22 pm

Well....it's supposed to be buck and I have 22.5 tons of it.

Next question....Keystoker KA-6...what's the chance this feeds through it fine? That's the $3600 question right now :P

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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 7:25 pm

I was just gonna ask what size its suppose to be haha.. It looks like buck with some small pea size mixed in to me.. I dunno how it will do in your burner, you can probably make adjustments to make it work just fine... :)

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Post Mon. Mar. 24, 2014 7:34 pm

It PROBABLY will work fine. Make a screen to filter out the biggest pieces and keep your finger and toes crossed. :shock:
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Post Tue. Mar. 25, 2014 7:28 am

CasualObserver wrote:Well....it's supposed to be buck and I have 22.5 tons of it.

Next question....Keystoker KA-6...what's the chance this feeds through it fine? That's the $3600 question right now :P

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I vote 22 ton of Pea with some Buck sprinkled in.

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Post Tue. Mar. 25, 2014 8:37 am

Looks like buck to me, with some pieces at or over the high side of the range. I have gotten buck from four different breakers, but sadly I did not take pictures of everything. These are all the reference pictures I have.

First pic is buck from Reading, second is buck from Kimmel's, third is larger pieces pulled from the Kimmel's buck.
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The average dimensions of a given coal size can be different from breaker to breaker, and there is a certain % allowed for under and oversize material. The buck I got from Reading was smaller on average than the buck from Kimmel's, and the buck I got from UAE was smaller yet. The buck I got from Direnzo was right in the middle of the range, and very consistent.

The good news is that the coal you got appears very clean, and free of fines. It should burn fine in the KA-6, but you will probably have to run a longer & more frequent timer cycle in the warm weather than you did with rice.

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Post Wed. Mar. 26, 2014 8:29 pm

Even though it's large for Buckwheat, I would say it is Buck. It looks to me as if it is grindings, because of the Pea length pieces that you have. Even though they are long, the thickness could be the same as Buck. They just dropped through the screen longway's.

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Post Thu. Mar. 27, 2014 9:26 am

grimmy wrote:Even though it's large for Buckwheat, I would say it is Buck. It looks to me as if it is grindings, because of the Pea length pieces that you have. Even though they are long, the thickness could be the same as Buck. They just dropped through the screen longway's.
I was thinking that's possible too. When I measured them, the vast majority had two dimensions in the range of buck and the third side was up 1" long. Like elongated buck sized coal if that makes sense. It looks very nice and as Rob mentioned has very few fines. I am going to try to burn it over the next couple days when I can be home to babysit the feed mechanism on the Keystoker and hopefully not have to many fire outs before I get it right. Keystoker suggested I increase the feed by about 4 turns to start testing due to the large size of the coal.

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