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SWPaDon
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Post Sun. Feb. 28, 2016 1:40 pm

Berlin wrote:For the most part, the emissions are dependent on the chemical makeup of the fuel. Otherwise, stoker stoves will have higher particulate - fly ash emissions, whereas hand-fired stoves would have higher CO emissions.

I wouldn't lose sleep over any of it; if anyone does, then, perhaps, coal burning (or anything burning) isn't for you.

I just don't believe that anyone is going to make a successful argument in coal's favor to those that hate coal or dislike it by throwing another type of coal under the bus as "bad". It's two sides of the same coin, they're far far more similar than different as are their emissions.

My point is - if you want to stand up for coal , for home use or otherwise - you don't feed the premise - you disagree with it entirely, otherwise you've lost the argument before you've begun.
Thank you for this post, Berlin. I think it should be made a sticky and required reading before posting.

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Post Sun. Feb. 28, 2016 1:47 pm

Berlin wrote:For the most part, the emissions are dependent on the chemical makeup of the fuel. Otherwise, stoker stoves will have higher particulate - fly ash emissions, whereas hand-fired stoves would have higher CO emissions.

I wouldn't lose sleep over any of it; if anyone does, then, perhaps, coal burning (or anything burning) isn't for you.

I just don't believe that anyone is going to make a successful argument in coal's favor to those that hate coal or dislike it by throwing another type of coal under the bus as "bad". It's two sides of the same coin, they're far far more similar than different as are their emissions.

My point is - if you want to stand up for coal , for home use or otherwise - you don't feed the premise - you disagree with it entirely, otherwise you've lost the argument before you've begun.
Its similar to politicians trying to get people who want to carry firearms to attack each other ... open carry v. concealed ... I don't play that game either. Its a common ploy used by politicians - to get people who actually support an issue to attack each other. Many fall for this trick ... don't be one of them.


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Post Mon. Feb. 29, 2016 8:06 pm

Thanks Berlin. Over the years I've heard all kinds of wild claims about how clean coal, or isn't, depending on who you listen to.

Good info to know.

Paul
So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.

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