Bronze Skinny Streaks and Layers in My Coal

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Post By: Jared43758 » Mon. Sep. 22, 2014 9:55 pm

Some of the coal had bronze layers which are thin and some have streaks on the outsides of the lumps. It really stands out when the coal is wet. What is it and how will it affect the prrformace of the coal

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Post By: Rob R. » Mon. Sep. 22, 2014 10:07 pm

Might make it the hottest burning coal on earth. :D

I have gotten some coal with iron deposits that were easy to see, other times the coal has had a "peacock" look to it. It all burned fine for me, and I expect yours will burn good also. enjoy.

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Post By: Jared43758 » Mon. Sep. 22, 2014 10:25 pm

:cheers: :cheers:

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Post By: unhippy » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 5:59 am

i used to get coal that had Pyrite layers through it when I lived in another part of the country.....that same coal vein also had alot of Amber in with it.... some of it was quite large bits, one of my workmates has a piece about the size of a SB V8 that he had polished and mounted on a wooden base in his house's entrance/foyer area......used to be cool to pick the Amber out and see the million year old insects that had got stuck in it......one thing it proved is that mozzies have been around along time.....Amber also burns like rocket fuel....chuck a couple of baseball size pieces in the stove and it was stand back and break out the hawaiian shirt time.

Pyrite is not nearly as fun to deal with.....it just gives you knarly clinkers to play with

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Post By: SMITTY » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 9:38 am

Kimmel's bagged used to ooze orange/red spooge all over the place. Would permanently stain ANYTHING it came in contact with, except your skin. You could wash it off in a few days ...

Stuff burned pretty good, but had TONS of ash. Could never get more than 12 hrs out of my handfired. It also had bituminous characteristics when lighting. Yellow flames, and lots of smoke & stink ....

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Post By: carlherrnstein » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 6:46 pm

Every time I have got coal from oxford reclamation it has had brown/bronze and black layers in it.
I think there is more "tar" in the brown layers, I seem to remember tar cooking out of them once.

Its normal when I was very young dad got a load of coal that had fern fossils in it. You could ever see the fiddle head ends of the leaves, I wish I had a few of them but they got burnt up.

Some times there are slate bands an even flint in coal. You have to remember coal is a natural fuel akin to stone and is variable.

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Post By: Jared43758 » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 6:49 pm

Does the slate leave klinkers? Or cause trouble?

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Post By: Jared43758 » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 6:49 pm

Does the tar cause problems?


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Post By: carlherrnstein » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 6:56 pm

The slate does not burn It just sits on the grates. The oxford coal I had gotten only had a little tiny bit of slate in it and did not hold up to the heat of a coal fire very well. It just kind of fell apart. As for the tar its just more fuel for the fire. The tar cooks out of the coal and the coal turns into coke sort of like charcoal but burns slower.

Where are you getting your coal from?

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Post By: Jared43758 » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 6:58 pm

Oxford mine/tunnel hill rd

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Post By: carlherrnstein » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 7:07 pm

I thought that is your coal source.

That's good stuff but when you load it up make sure you don't get the pieces that are lighter in color and heavier that the rest cause its slate/mudstone. I let my neighbor come with me once and he helped me load the truck up and I got about 200 lbs of that crap. :roll:

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Post By: Jared43758 » Tue. Sep. 23, 2014 7:11 pm

Yea I know what ur talking about. I always throw it down when I get ahold of it. Thanks for the warning though. I wasn't sure what it was but I was pretty sure it was crap

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