Coal in Somerset,Pa.

General topics about using bituminous coal for residential and commercial heating. Pros, cons, and where to get it.
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Post Sat. Mar. 17, 2007 8:36 pm

Is there anyone burning soft coal from the Somerset area.I've noticed on a map I have there is low volatile coal in that area.I live about 60 miles away closer to Pittsburgh.The coal in my area is high volatile coal.I have used several different sources for the coal in my area without to good of results.The last batch being the best.less clinkers.more orange flame.Most of the others were yellow.I was wondering is there anyone that can tell me how much better the low volatile coal is.Is it worth traveling 120 miles round trip for a load. thanks, Joe
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Post Sat. Mar. 17, 2007 9:23 pm

Sorry new to forum was not aware of the rules.I was more interested in if someone can tell me if the low volatile coal is much better than the high.Being fairley close to the low volatile coal I just thought it might be worth the trip.

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Post Sat. Feb. 16, 2008 9:40 pm

give me a email and I can give you some places have a camp in the area but live bet hbg and york pa

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Post Sat. Feb. 16, 2008 9:59 pm

PM forum member 'berlin' he is our resident bituminous guru... he can probably help.

One of the problems with your request about how a different coal will burn, is the wide variation in stoves, chimneys, coal burning techniques, and the actual coal that you are comparing to.

I would suggest that you get a few hundred pounds of the coal an see how it does for you... Maybe you can find a local coal retailer that will sell you enough to try your comparission burn experiment.

Hope this helps.. Greg L

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