Blue Ladies Now Yellow

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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CapeCoaler
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
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Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Fri. Feb. 06, 2009 11:31 pm

Blue flames have changed to mostly yellow with the new load of Centralia Coal.
Not from wood and the flames are the same as before just not Blue.
No diesel smell and not oiled to my knowledge.
I know they are a broker.
Just wondering what in the coal makes the Yellow flame.
Heat seems to be similar or better as compared to the last load from Centralia Coal.
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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ShawninNY
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Stove/Furnace Make: Waterford/penn royal in garage
Stove/Furnace Model: 1994 Erin
Location: Suffolk County , New York

Post Sat. Feb. 07, 2009 7:05 pm

i have been useing free coal from unknown origin,Multiple sources all put in one pile, some parts of the pile burn a really deep blue some parts burn light blue and my last batch has been burning yellow I did notice on some pieces there seems to be alot sulfur, some of this coal is very old , so im going to take a guess a say more sulfur more yellow flame!

CapeCoaler
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Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Sat. Feb. 07, 2009 7:16 pm

I found the answer!
The batch before was laced with a bit of diesel to keep the coal loose.
This batch did not, had the better trucker but it was 'oiled'.
This oil is the cause of the Yellow flame.
This driver also dumps the water before weight out.
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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coal berner
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1986 Electric Furnace Man 520 DF
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Stove/Furnace Model: DF520
Location: Pottsville PA. Schuylkill County PA. The Hart Of Anthracite Coal Country.

Post Sat. Feb. 07, 2009 8:17 pm

CapeCoaler wrote:I found the answer!
The batch before was laced with a bit of diesel to keep the coal loose.
This batch did not, had the better trucker but it was 'oiled'.
This oil is the cause of the Yellow flame.
This driver also dumps the water before weight out.

Yellow Flames are from the High Volatiles low carbon coal burning off Poor Grade coal. The Blue Flames are From High carbon low Valatiles coal the good Quality stuff . Even with out the oil poor grade high volatile coal will burn Yellow .
J.C.

Heating house & water with a 1986 electric furnace man DF520 using buckwheat Anthracite coal

CapeCoaler
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Location: Cape Cod, MA

Post Sun. Feb. 08, 2009 1:25 am

So....
Lower BTU per lb?
The Coal seems to put out the same amount of heat at the same air settings.
Will the burn times be shorter?
What should I be looking for?
Is Superior letting new customers buy ful 23 ton loads yet?
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
Most of all I do have common sense and a practical application of logic.
Oh, add humor, on the dry side, along with a wee bit 'o sarcasm.

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