First ever coal delivery

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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 5:27 am

nepacoal wrote:
Tue. Oct. 10, 2017 4:26 pm
My coal is usually very wet when delivered. Was yours? If so, the coal in the bottom will be soaked if there are no drain holes in your barrels. I would not recommend ever using wet or even damp coal in your hopper
Wet coal should not be accepted.

Clean, dry, serviceability ... that's the rule for fuel.

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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 6:07 am

My coal is delivered 6 tons at a time and usually comes right out of the breaker after being washed. I actually prefer it wet or damp on delivery to my basement coal bin. No dust whatsoever. It drains into my floor drains for several weeks and is good to go. I always set aside 1000 pounds or so to last me while it dries.

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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 9:18 am

Hopefully I'm not underestimating how much water is going to be at the bottom of those barrels. I really don't want them to drain out onto the floor (no drains plus I'd like to keep the floor somewhat clean). Worse come to worse I guess I'll be dragging half empty barrels back out to the driveway.

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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 10:00 am

If you've ever bought a truck of gravel or dirt, it is also wet. Its part of the game.

If it does get wet towards the bottom, you can always take a pale or several pails out to let them dry before using them. For whatever its worth, if coal is bought earlier in the year it will be drier by fall/winter too. In barrels is going to be tougher to dry it.


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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 10:12 am

Once the level gets down in the barrels where it becomes difficult to shovel out, you should be able to tip the barrels on their side. Then just use a curved digging shovel.

Paul

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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 10:17 am

brandonh98 wrote:
Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 9:18 am
Hopefully I'm not underestimating how much water is going to be at the bottom of those barrels. I really don't want them to drain out onto the floor (no drains plus I'd like to keep the floor somewhat clean). Worse come to worse I guess I'll be dragging half empty barrels back out to the driveway.
Stop by an appliance store and raid their dumpster for large pieces of card board like washing machine, or refrigerator shipping boxes. That's what many antique car owners use under their cars to catch oil drips.

The water will soak into the cardboard and evaporate, living the coal slurry dust stuck to the top surface of the cardboard. Recycle it at the end of the heating season and just get more free card board next year. ;)

Paul

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Post Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 6:59 pm

Thanks for the ideas Paul. I have access to plenty of cardboard so that's not a bad option.

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