Poll: What Size of Anthracite Coal Do You Primarily Burn?

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For those of you burning anthracite, what size of coal do you primarily burn?

Egg
0
No votes
Stove
2
2%
Nut
31
38%
Pea
13
16%
Buckwheat
7
9%
Rice
27
33%
Other
2
2%
 
Total votes: 82

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lsayre
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Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
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Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 9:41 am

Given that (in Ohio at least) some anthracite coal dealers carry only nut and rice (and none that I'm aware of carry pea in bags), I'm quite surprised to find that (so far at least) the percentage of those primarily burning pea is higher than I had imagined. Those who fail to offer pea seem to be completely missing out on a fair portion of the business segment.
Last edited by lsayre on Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 9:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Richard S.
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 9:47 am

As this poll develops my predictions will be:

42% Rice
38% Nut
15% Pea
5% Buck
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- Albert Einstein

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lsayre
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Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
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Location: N/E Ohio, between Medina and Wadsworth

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 9:50 am

Richard S. wrote:As this poll develops my predictions will be:

42% Rice
38% Nut
15% Pea
5% Buck
Richard, is this the breakdown that you experienced when you were delivering coal?
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 9:54 am

DeReinzo nut. Couldn't be happier!
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Rob R.
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 9:55 am

lsayre wrote:Given that (in Ohio at least) some anthracite coal dealers carry only nut and rice (and none that I'm aware of carry pea in bags), I'm quite surprised to find that (so far at least) the percentage of those primarily burning pea is higher than I had imagined. Those who fail to offer pea seem to be completely missing out on a fair portion of the business segment.
My local coal dealer stocks only rice and pea. I guess he figures that covers all of the stoker customers and some of the hand fired guys.

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Keepaeyeonit
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Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump
Location: Northeast Ohio.

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 10:52 am

Larry,I know Bylers in Middlefield carries Blaschak pea because I have gotten it before but I found stove size(Mammoth) at Warner Bros so I'm going to get some next week.Keepaeyeonit
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Richard S.
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 10:58 am

lsayre wrote:
Richard, is this the breakdown that you experienced when you were delivering coal?
Less pea customers but I also had a lot of range customers which is nut and pea mixed. ;)
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 1:02 pm

I can't beat the heat with 'nut in the Vigilant, but a month from now it will be, can't beat the 14 - 18 hour burn with pea!
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joeq
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 5:40 pm

michaelanthony wrote:I can't beat the heat with 'nut in the Vigilant, but a month from now it will be, can't beat the 14 - 18 hour burn with pea!
My good buddy just left. He was a wood burner for approx. 30 yrs. Been trying coal in a couple "downgraded" stoves for maybe 5 yrs. He currently has a Nashua brand combo stove, (wood/coal) that he's been fighting. His stove is bigger than mine, and he burns nut size. (Sometimes wood). He laughs at me when I tell him people on this site say they successfully have burntimes running 15-20 hrs "UNATTENDED". He totally refuses to believe this is possible. Without any poking or stoking between intervals. He's not a stupid man, and I myself don't personally know of anyone either. But I hear it enuff times on this forum to believe there are stoves that'll do this.
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Keepaeyeonit
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Location: Northeast Ohio.

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 6:04 pm

Joeq,I reloaded the stove at 4:00AM with it running over 600* did a shake down and reloaded it at 7:55PM(the time stamp on the pic is off 1HR)with 50# of nut now my 983 will hold 100+ lbs of coal.The stove did run 16HRS at those temps untended and the only one home that was my father and he's not allowed to mess with it. I know its hard to believe but some stoves will and If the outside temps are 40* and above I goto a 24HR shake and reload.Keepaeyeonit
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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 6:16 pm

Man, that looks like one "serious" bed of coals burning KY. I can believe it. Just haven't been fortunate enuff to experience it. (Someday)
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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rberq
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Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Nut
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators (fuel oil); propane
Location: Central Maine

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 6:21 pm

joeq wrote:He laughs at me when I tell him people on this site say they successfully have burntimes running 15-20 hrs "UNATTENDED". He totally refuses to believe this is possible. Without any poking or stoking between intervals.
In mild springtime weather, I would set my Harman Mark I to about 180 degrees, and I could leave it 48 hours totally untouched, then shake/poke/reload and leave it another 48. True, cross my heart and hope to die. :) For reasons I don't understand, my DS Machine doesn't do well for more than 24 hours at the most.
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turbine
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Coal Size/Type: nut , stove
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC 2000
Location: Prince George, Va.

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 6:24 pm

2 inch bed of nut at bottom, a layer of large sized stove . Then top it off with 2-3 inches nut angled deeper in back of stove. Get it glowing between layers. I have achieved a 14 hr. burn at 1/3 air without a shake. This may be a nothing special answer ; but I'm still new at this. Where do I get my "I love anthracite" bumper sticker. :D

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Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 6:49 pm

This same friend wants to experiment with rice in his stove. In the mornings, when the coalbed is practically out, he wants to see if it'll lite off quicker, with the smaller rice coal, than the nut he usually burns.
I got coal in my Christmas stocking. (Yey!)
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Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek
Location: Junction of PA-OH-WV

Post Sun. Feb. 16, 2014 8:01 pm

lsayre wrote:Given that (in Ohio at least) some anthracite coal dealers carry only nut and rice (and none that I'm aware of carry pea in bags), I'm quite surprised to find that (so far at least) the percentage of those primarily burning pea is higher than I had imagined. Those who fail to offer pea seem to be completely missing out on a fair portion of the business segment.
All the anthracite dealers that cater to the Amish community (PA and OH) carry Pea coal in bags and in bulk.
Coalway and Bosler Bros. don't sell bagged pea?
Keepaeyeonit wrote:Larry,I know Bylers in Middlefield carries Blaschak pea because I have gotten it before but I found stove size(Mammoth) at Warner Bros so I'm going to get some next week.Keepaeyeonit
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