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I have been burning Ohio bituminous coal and wood mixed in an outdoor wood boiler with success for a couple years now. I have noticed that at reload time I have blue and sometimes green flames dancing in the coal (as in hot coals) bed. I wonder if it’s a phenomenon associated with the wood coal mix or if it is primarily coming from the coal. I know the Anthracite guy's have laid claim to the term "Blue Ladies". I can’t help but call these flames the "Blue Biddies” . Any coal burners got any ideas on the blue/green flames?
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- Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
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You'll get green flame with copper in the fire. Could be some wire mixed in the with coal? Wouldn't be the first time I've seen or heard of that happening.
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- Coal Size/Type: pea stoker/Ohio bituminous
- Location: Clarksburg, ohio
I have also gotten blue/green flames with the oxford coal. It burns with a yellow flame at first then after a bit it will have a few dancing green flames then they will turn bluish. I figured it was just CO(burns blue) and some hydrocarbons(burns yellow) blue and yellow make green.