Bit Coal in Latrobe PA

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Post Mon. Feb. 27, 2017 7:22 pm

Does anybody know of any coal yards in or close to Latrobe Pa? I'm making a trip out there this weekend and would like to pick up a load of Bit to burn in my fireplace basket.


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Post Mon. Feb. 27, 2017 10:26 pm

Kingston supply

Rt. 30 east
Latrobe Pa
724-532- 1000

Haven't bought bit in a few years , but this place used to have it. Maybe a phone call , if they don't have it. I'm sure they could tell you who does. Hope that helps :)

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Post Tue. Feb. 28, 2017 7:27 am

Ok thanks I'll call them up. I'll post back what I find out....

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Post Tue. Feb. 28, 2017 8:30 am

They still have it. 135 a ton for nut lump mix

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Post Tue. Feb. 28, 2017 9:19 am

Logs how did that coal burn? High volatiles?

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Post Tue. Feb. 28, 2017 10:00 am

I got it at least 5 years ago, I would mixed little in with wood. In my garage. Never burned a lot of bit. What I bought , I had no problems with. That's not much of a recommendation, best I could give ya. Hope it helps. They have been selling for years :)

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Post Tue. Feb. 28, 2017 6:34 pm

Ok well unlike most I hope it is loaded with volatiles for nice flames with open fireplace viewing. I'm going to pick up a half ton as it is within a mile of where I'm going to pick up a piece of equipment. :D

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Post Sat. Mar. 04, 2017 9:33 pm

Here is what the coal looks like at Kingstons today. My bi-fold wallet is for comparison. The pile was called "Pitt Lump". It was a good mix of golf ball to softball size coal with some larger pieces mixed in. 37 bucks for 550 pounds.
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Post Sun. Mar. 05, 2017 5:11 pm

So did you get a chance to try that coal yet? If it's good I may go pick up a half ton to have for next year. :)

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Post Mon. Mar. 13, 2017 6:49 pm

I threw 3 softballs in on my anthracite fire. Haven't open burned it yet. It swelled up and fused together but as I understand it that is normal. It seemed to burn long and hot. I whacked it into pieces with my poker. According to the guys at Kingston it has a low sulfur content and people have been happy with it. He says bit is getting harder to find because it's easier for the mines to sell direct to the power plants rather than screen it out for people like us.

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Post Thu. Mar. 30, 2017 7:43 pm

Here is a nice picture of my home made coal basket burning the Kingston Supply Lump Bituminous. I have let the coal stove burn out for the year and returned the fireplace to duty.
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Post Thu. Mar. 30, 2017 10:22 pm

That looks like a heck of a nice coal fire in a fireplace, I would be interested to know more about that homemade coal basket. My pap used to burn bit in his fireplace. He would burn wood through out the day , then at nite he would put coal on to hold the fire over night. He didn't have a coal basket just a regular cast iron grate. Nice fire :P

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Post Fri. Mar. 31, 2017 9:49 pm

I just made the coal basket out of some 2x2 angle for the base and legs. Then plate steel for the sides and back and rebar for the bottom and front grate. I will snap a pic and post back. This coal (I'm pretty clueless for bit) appears to be a high volatile coal. It burns with bright yellow flames for about 2 hours before the flames get smaller. The coal tends to "melt" together. I smash it up with my poker and then big bright yellow flames again :D there seems to be heavy smoke when I dump on fresh and then it clears up to a light gray smoke throughout the burn. I burn all coal or wood and coal, or coal then wood , then coal. Doesn't seem to make a difference as the coal and wood burn great together and great by themselves. I'm very happy with this coal for open burning. I'm not sure how it would burn in a stove. I wish Latrobe was closer to me as I may be making this a habit!!!

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Post Sat. Apr. 01, 2017 10:09 am

BB, thanks for the posts. This is something I'd like to try also if I ever get out that way to get 1/2 a ton. I think Stardust is another place to get bit but I don't recall anyone else open burning it.

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Post Thu. Apr. 06, 2017 8:21 pm

Star Dust is another supplier. Member SWPADon has burned stardust and says it can be lit with only a couple pieces of cardboard. I would think that coal with that much volatiles would be a good open burning coal if you can get some good softball size chunks.


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