Bituminous Coal in New England

General topics about using bituminous coal for residential and commercial heating. Pros, cons, and where to get it.
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Post Fri. Sep. 17, 2010 9:17 pm

anyone know where to get bit coal in new england ?

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Post Sat. Sep. 18, 2010 9:14 am

It's going to be difficult to find Bit coal out east.. the east is the land of Anthracite coal.. And since transportation costs so much, and the
demand for Bit coal for home heating is so low, it is rare to find it out east. And the trucking/transportation costs add so much to the cost
that the price advantage of Bit over Anth. is just about zero. Unless you are talking about 20 tons or more.

What type of heating appliance do you want bit coal for ??

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Post Sat. Sep. 18, 2010 7:15 pm

mason coal burner wrote:anyone know where to get bit coal in new england ?
Here is a list of Bit Mines & Prep Plates In PA I am sre one of them can help you
Also Blaschak coal sell BIT coal & Penn coal As Well as Kimmel coal co. Did at one time
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http://www.kimmelcoal.com/

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bm ... -12-10.pdf

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Post Sat. Sep. 18, 2010 7:16 pm

coal berner wrote:
mason coal burner wrote:anyone know where to get bit coal in new england ?
Here is a list of Bit Mines & Prep Plates In PA I am sre one of them can help you
Also Blaschak coal sell BIT coal & Penn coal As Well as Kimmel coal co. Did at one time
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http://www.kimmelcoal.com/

http://www.penncoal.com/

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bm ... -12-10.pdf

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Post Fri. Dec. 24, 2010 1:24 pm

I was curious of the same thing. I'm familiar with two businesses, both in CT, that truck in their own bituminous from the mines on 20 ton semi trailers. Both use it in steam engine applications. I've always wondered if there is a way to buy any of the power plant coal or other specialty coal that is brought in by barge or rail in New England. When you start making calls you get the quick hustle off the phone because you're not buying in the thousands of tons. I think the only way to get reasonably priced coal of either bituminous or anthracite is to truck it in yourself at 20 tons a pop and store it somewhere or divide it up among your friends. Anthracite in our area will run you at least $350 a ton and at that price it's not worth the hassle over gas. At around $120 a ton for quality bituminous trucked in and delivered, you're saving real money, I don't care how dirty bituminous is!

So, bottom line, build a humongous bin and you are all set! I've spoken with a bunch of mines and they are more than happy to sell you 20 ton loads either you provide the semi or they will arrange it. Costs the same either way. If you had a trucker friend with a gravel type dump trailer at his disposal for a day, you could get the coal for the price of fuel, a couple of meals, a case of beer, and what the mine charges. In other words very, very cheap! I am so jealous of all you guys that have a bituminous mine down the street!

Dave

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Post Fri. Dec. 24, 2010 3:33 pm

I have around 1/2 ton and you could have a few 75# bags if using it for testing its properties or forge work. I want to keep some for the day I get around to casting iron in the future. If you are in Mason, NH we are not that far apart. You could also check with a local blacksmith. I seem to recall several of those guys in Southern NH and I think they are west of the Merrimac.

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