My Coal Bin is Thirsty

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Post By: Lightning » Mon. Dec. 25, 2017 9:54 pm

I've been having an issue with coal dust this heating season. It seems that as I take coal from the bottom of the pile I have a coalvalanche occur at this point as I start getting into the bin.

Coalvalanche - coal avalanche, (verb) a mass of coal falling rapidly down the side of a pile

So, to remedy the plume of dust resulting from the coalvalanche I've been giving it a little sprinkle once a week with the garden hose. Just enough to make the top few inches damp. I've been blowing a lot less black out of my nose so I think it's working lol. Thought I'd pass it along.

It makes the coal sparkle too :lol:
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Post By: lincolnmania » Tue. Dec. 26, 2017 1:51 am

has it been a while since the bin was emptied?
i will get my rice coal oiled next time, i never tried it that way but i hear it helps keep down the dust.
i do notice that the furnace filters come out black now lol. i got a bunch on clearance at home despot.

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Post By: Lightning » Tue. Dec. 26, 2017 10:20 am

No, the bin hasn't ever been completed emptied, but I do empty the spot directly under the coal chute door every year where fines and small pieces tend to be concentrated.

In an attempt to be fruitful I've tried waste motor oil to coat the coal with. It worked but made my basement smell like an auto mechanics garage lol. I don't recommend it.

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Post By: Jfreethy » Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 7:56 am

The oiled coal I've used in the past has had basically no dust. Also it dose no dry out.

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