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Post by NoSmoke » Thu. Mar. 05, 2020 5:08 am

As for the smell of coal, we did not have many coal burners here in Maine, so I just like the smell over wood smoke.

It is interesting because there are certain areas I often drive through where I know from the smell, the person burns coal in that neighborhood.

Hard or soft coal: I do not care, I just like knowing there are other smart people around! I learned at about 6 years old that firewood sucks!

 
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Post by Ultralume » Sat. Dec. 19, 2020 10:46 pm

I live in the Hudson Valley of New York and the only bituminous coal that I can find here is from a coal distributor in the area. He mostly sells Anthracite but has "House Coal" which is nut sized bituminous. I have no idea where it's from or how good it is. I have no other bit coal to compare it against. It is dull, not shiny at all. It smells like burning asphalt-tar. Is that what bit coal should smell like? After it burns a while it doesn't smell bad... somewhat pleasant tar like.

 
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Post by CoalHeat » Sat. Dec. 19, 2020 11:02 pm

I like the smell of Bitty coal. but I also like the smell of Liquid Wrench (before the formula was changed) and Permatex Form-A-Gasket #2 which isn't around any more either.

 
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Post by freetown fred » Sun. Dec. 20, 2020 8:27 am

Hmmmmm, this explains a lot John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

 
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Post by CoalHeat » Sun. Dec. 20, 2020 11:17 am

Sure does Fred!


 
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Post by 11ultra103 » Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 9:58 pm

CoalHeat wrote:
Sat. Dec. 19, 2020 11:02 pm
I like the smell of Bitty coal. but I also like the smell of Liquid Wrench (before the formula was changed) and Permatex Form-A-Gasket #2 which isn't around any more either.
I'm with you on the liquid wrench!!! Back when it was like a grayish black color liquid. Now it sucks! Smells bad and doesnt work as well!

 
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Post by 11ultra103 » Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 9:59 pm

Does Bit smell like anthracite? I love the smell of anthracite. Usually when I'm tending the stove and I go outside to get more coal I can smell it on the back porch

 
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Post by CoalHeat » Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 10:13 pm

11ultra103 wrote:
Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 9:58 pm
I'm with you on the liquid wrench!!! Back when it was like a grayish black color liquid. Now it sucks! Smells bad and doesnt work as well!
That was it! And no it doesn't work as well now, I use PB Blaster instead.

 
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Post by 11ultra103 » Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 10:34 pm

CoalHeat wrote:
Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 10:13 pm
That was it! And no it doesn't work as well now, I use PB Blaster instead.
Same here! It still stinks but at least it works. Only thing that works better is Aerokroil. Someone told me Gibbs Lubricant is great too but I havent tried it. My dad told me the new WD40 specialist penetrating oil works great too

 
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Post by Hoytman » Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 11:25 pm

11ultra103 wrote:
Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 10:34 pm
Same here! It still stinks but at least it works. Only thing that works better is Aerokroil. Someone told me Gibbs Lubricant is great too but I havent tried it. My dad told me the new WD40 specialist penetrating oil works great too
The old regular gasoline and Kroil. Have to be careful around the Kroil...stuff smells good enough to drink. LOL!! Good thing I can’t find around here. Ran out of my small can that I ordered. Next time I’m buying a 6 pack. LOL!!

Kroil...seeps into one millionth of an inch!!!
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Post by fig » Sun. Dec. 27, 2020 4:01 am

I’m a Kroil (crow oil) user.

 
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Post by 11ultra103 » Sun. Dec. 27, 2020 3:52 pm

Hoytman wrote:
Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 11:25 pm
The old regular gasoline and Kroil. Have to be careful around the Kroil...stuff smells good enough to drink. LOL!! Good thing I can’t find around here. Ran out of my small can that I ordered. Next time I’m buying a 6 oak. LOL!!

Kroil...seeps into one millionth of an inch!!!
That's what they say! It always seemed to work well. Its pretty expensive to order. I haven't seen it around here for years

 
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Post by Holdencoal » Wed. Feb. 17, 2021 8:25 pm

So found a chunk in my barrels I was cleaning out. I knew I hit some bit this week. When I was getting the mail some of the older neighbors on their daily walk said it’s been smelling oddly bad on this end. The difference in layering was interesting.

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Post by Bubbalowe » Fri. Apr. 16, 2021 2:59 pm

Thought 20/21 season was over but looking at a week of 40 deg weather in Western PA decided to build a fire. Instead of buying more anthracite I went out and dug into a 35 year old pile of bituminous I hauled home from my coal miming days. The belching smoke and stench is obnoxious, isn't something I'd burn normally. The flame is pretty yellow and looks like a wood fire. I can only imagine growing up in the day when everyone was burning it around here.

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