What's the Best Way to Break up Large Pieces of Bit Coal?

General topics about using bituminous coal for residential and commercial heating. Pros, cons, and where to get it.
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mslisaj
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Stove/Furnace Make: Vogelzang
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Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Post Tue. Jan. 04, 2011 6:43 pm

Well I wanted to report back on breaking up the coal. The winner for me is the long chisel and a 2 pound sledge. Works really nicely and keeps the pieces from flying around too much. The mattock was a little messy and I didn't have the control that I had with the long chisel. That for me really worked the best but goggles were a must for this job. When I could clearly see the grains in the coal it did break off there easily and it was like splitting wood. But with about 50% of the coal I couldn not clearly see the grain. So that is when I got the chips to fly. But I broke all the lumps on the top of my pile in a very short amount of time and it is my method of choice for now.

Thanks again for all the suggestions and did give them a try..........

Keep warm with good coal...............

Lisa 8-)

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Post Wed. Jan. 19, 2011 11:45 am

Put coal in a feed sack and tie it closed.

Use destructive instrument of choice :)

- JC
Keystoker KA-6 online January 2015


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mslisaj
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Joined: Thu. Aug. 13, 2009 12:35 pm
Stove/Furnace Make: Vogelzang
Stove/Furnace Model: Railroad Pot Belly
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Post Wed. Jan. 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Been there, done that but I also ruin the bag in the process. The long chisel and safety glasses works best and the least amount of mess............... :D

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