Where Do You Get Your Bituminous Coal and a Going Price?

General topics about using bituminous coal for residential and commercial heating. Pros, cons, and where to get it.
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Post Fri. Aug. 08, 2008 11:20 am

Wolf Mountain Coal - Bit. Stoker - $38.50 a ton
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Chess coal co, Pt. Marion, PA. $80/ton double washed.

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Post Wed. Oct. 01, 2008 7:43 am

State Route 331 Holloway, OH
Pittsburgh # 8 coal
Lump +4
Nut 3/4 x 4
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Handpicking available
$100 per ton
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Post Mon. Oct. 27, 2008 6:45 pm

coalcat wrote:Hi Everyone I am new here this is my first post. I work in the coal industry as a buyer of coal (since 1978) I will give you a little of my thoughts on soft vs hard coal. Anthracite is 92-94% carbon 0-2% volatle and remainder ash and moisture bituminous is (in Pennsylvania)18- 20% volatle near Snow Shoe or Somerset and progressively increases as you go west to around 36% at Ohio line. Volatle is the amount of gas in the coal. The lower the volatle the higher the carbon content.
Bituminous will create more of a challange to burn because of the varied characeristics and availability of a consistent product. Coke or free swelling index varies from seam to seam and can cause problems if useing a stoker. Coke is measured from 0 to 9, 9 being full coke (best coals are 9 coke) but a full coke can cause it dome over or cause problems in a stoker system. Anthracite is 0 coke.
I am in the heart of good soft coal but I use anthracite for home heating basically because it is a more predictable fuel with no black smoke (unburnt gases) to deal with.
An old book from our office showed how to hand fire a low vol coal, just pile it in a cone and it will catch and burn, hi vol you fire on one side and then on the other side next firing, if you put it in a cone the gasses being driven off will smother the fire and can cause an explosion.
I am seeing $75-80 for house coal (mine run)
So you are saying it is better to go west a bit to get our bit? so we get higher volatle?

you are scaring me with the whole unburnt gases and explosions....is this stuff safe for home use?

Which leads to another question, can you run anthracite in a bit stoker?

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Post Mon. Oct. 27, 2008 8:18 pm

jeremysdemo wrote:you are scaring me with the whole unburnt gases and explosions....is this stuff safe for home use?
Many people use bit in my area (western Pa) to heat their homes. Usually they use a hand fired boiler or furnace. I would not be afraid to use a stoker that was designed to burn bit coal.
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Post Mon. Oct. 27, 2008 9:22 pm

"you are scaring me with the whole unburnt gases and explosions....is this stuff safe for home use"

all coal and even wood can have the volitle gases randomly ignite and cause "puffs" I wouldn't necessarily use the word explosions. of course it's safe for home use! much of the world heats with bituminous coal, think about the far more dangerous fuels used to heat most homes in america... natural gas, propane etc.

either way the only concerns about "puff-backs" are in hand fired stoves, not in STOKERS like the one you have. stokers also produce little to no smoke/smell that hand fired bituminous stoves produce.
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Post Wed. Oct. 29, 2008 5:12 pm

Oh that's good to hear, guys :)

Bagged bit is hard to come my in my area, the two closest places that have it are Pocono Summit and Reading, but I am working on routing a guy at my warehouse to pick up a pallet or two.

Everyone in the coal industry have been very kind and helpful to me, even the places that only sell anthracite wished me the best of luck getting this thing going (although a few did try to persuade me you could use anthracite in the stoker, for twice the price :) )


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Post Fri. Oct. 31, 2008 11:47 pm

Danville OH, $130 a ton picked up.

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Post Tue. Nov. 04, 2008 5:10 pm

bccdmmom wrote:Hi, I am trying to find a place to buy coal in Iowa. Thanks, Viki
Ames, IA Sky Coal He is near the Carlos O'kellys Resturant. I don;t have his number but I just talked to hime on Nov 3, 2008.

$195.00 per ton Bitomous from E. Kentucky
$9.00 per 50 lb bagged Anthrocite

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Post Wed. Nov. 05, 2008 12:44 pm

Good source of bit out of the Harlan, KY mines is from Kincaid Coal Co. in Thorn Hill, TN. $85 a ton, phone 767-2900. Excellent source for lump coal that burns well with low vols, low smoke and NO sulpur smell. I did not see a skid loader so you will have to handpick the pile but the owner will usually help you load. There are smaller sizes you can shovel.
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Post Mon. Nov. 17, 2008 10:53 pm

Dodds Coal Mine.Bituminous. $39.00 metric ton (2200 lbs). Oiled is a couple of bucks more per ton.

very low sulpher, medium volitiles. Steady quality each year.


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Post Tue. Nov. 18, 2008 9:32 pm

Here is some PA bit coal info that might help you Guys finding bit coal in PA . Also Penn coal sells & ships bit coal aswell
as Kimmel coal co. Blaschak coal co. Direnzo coal co. Hope this helps you Guys out .
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Post Fri. Dec. 05, 2008 12:55 pm

North of Pittsburgh PA
Just recently found this place. Ungraded bit $70 ton. You haul only.
Don Martin Trucking
415 Saxonburg Blvd
Saxonburg, PA 16056
(724) 352-1530

I'm a newb and was glad to find coal fairly close to me. I can only haul a half ton at a time and they're nice about it even though they can't be making much on me. They're actually a coke processor. They keep coal around for their own use and sell some to the locals to make a few bucks.

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Post Mon. Dec. 08, 2008 9:07 pm

Will they sell you coke, too. You get all the heat and none of the smoke with it?
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Post Tue. Dec. 09, 2008 6:51 am

Interesting on the coke. They make these huge bags of powdered coke, about 5 foot high and wide. I asked the front loader operator what it's used for and he didn't even know. Some people are very incurious.

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