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Coal Heating Compared To Wood

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Time and Labor Are Precious Resources

Alternative heating sources can include considering Coal. Supplemental heating with a coal stove or fireplace insert burning anthracite coal is much easier to use than cord wood. Wood stoves normally need to be refilled at a maximum of every 6 to 12 hours. With a modern anthracite coal stove it burns at a steady level and heats evenly without tending up to 36 hours. Another big plus in burning anthracite coal is that there is very little ash to be disposed of with no creosote build-up in the chimney. The need for chimney cleaning is almost eliminated other than infrequent safety checks.

Burning Coal

Anthracite's low sulfur and high carbon content makes it an extremely clean-burning fuel. Anthracite coal produces virtually no smoke or polluting emissions. Burning coal compared to wood people find hangind smoke from a dampened fire a major problem with wood burning stoves. The large exterior wood furnaces only make the smoke and smell a problem on a larger scale. In fact, anthracite coal heating is a good alternative to wood stoves where wood burning is restricted due to air pollution problems.

Material Handeling

Heating with coal versus wood means less total material that has to be moved to supply the same amount of heat. With coal heating you can move about one fourth less material. For any one that can make burning coal more convenient and takes up less space. Here is the logic Wickopedia defines a cord of wood as being "A cord is the amount of wood that, when "ranked and well stowed" (arranged so pieces are aligned, parallel, touching and compact), occupies a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3).[1] This corresponds to a well stacked woodpile 4 feet (122 cm) wide, 4 feet (122 cm) high, and 8 feet (244 cm) long". Here the comparison is based on density and BTU's make coal handeling and storage easier. A 4 ton coal bin requires 4ft x 5ft x 8ft. One dimension is a foot greater but it is roughly equal to 4.5 cords of firewood. Anthrocite coal contains on averages 25 million Btu's per ton. Any one that stacks wood knows that well stacked firewood may only have 70-90 cubic feet of actual solid wood. The BTu content of a coard Eastern oak or maple is 24 million Btu's per coard and weights close to two tons depending on how dry it is. Other woods mixed in the load reduces the heat capacity.

Stacking fire wood vs Coal

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On Cape Code Firewood to be Stacked Lots of Labor

With firewood when the truck dumps 2 to 4 times more wood you or some one else has to stack it where it will be stored till the wood is burned. With pallets of bagged coak we can use the fork lift that comes with the truck to place the pallet were you want it assuming the equipent can get there. For bin loading we have a high dump coal truck and gravity lets us chute the coal into your bin. No firewood truck we know of does that.

Other coal vs wood heat features

  • More consistant fire with coal
  • Less ash waste
  • Fewer trips in the night to load a coal stove
  • Coal stoves take about 10 minutes a day to tend them
  • Coal stoves do not need relighting as often
  • No creasote is in coal so cleaner chimny
  • Coal supplies Plenty of Even - Dry - Steady - Radiant Heat
  • Wood heat tends to surge more and harder to keep consistant
  • Coal stove have a lower stack temperatures 250 to 275 degrees farienghight
  • Coal can be stored out side and will not get termites or bugs
 
Paul Fulmour , RiversideCoal.com , 50 Easton Avenue , Hyde Park , Ma , 02137 United States , Phone 1-781-254-2773