Burning Coal


Coal is making a comeback as a home heating fuel in order for people to save on there home heating costs. With rising prices of oil and reliance on foriegn oil, domestic coal is an atractive 0ption for heating the home in comparison to gas, propane wood and wood pellets. Home owners are learning that coal prices are very atractive in comparison to wood, gas and oil. Anthracite coal for home heating burns clean and does not have a bad odor.

Coal for Home Heating

There are four types of coal. The different types of coal have different characteristics including sulfur content, mercury content, and heat energy content. Heat content and physical caracteristics are used to group coal into four distinct categories, anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, and lignite coal. Riverside coal sells the best grades of anthracite coal for home heating. the Carbon content is around 80% and the impurities are relatively low so the sulfur odor is reduced. Anthracite coal is not the coal that is used for generating electricity.

"Burning coal at home was once commonplace, of course, but the practice had been declining for decades. Coal consumption for residential use hit a low of 258,000 tons in 2006 — then started to rise. It jumped 9 percent in 2007, according to the Energy Information Administration, and 10 percent more in the first eight months of 2008. People are learning that coal can be more convienent to burn than other alternative fuels. A modern anthracite stove heats evenly without tending up to 36 hours. The time required for supplemental heating is about 10 minutes a day for coal.

Recent government census data estimates that about 143,000 households burn coal as their primary source of heating. Supplemental home heating is estimated at about 80,000 more burning coal as a secondary source of heat to reduce the cost of heating. These numbers are small enough that concerns about pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are not concidered.

Burning coal does throw fine particles into the air that can pose problems for some people, similar to the problems involved in burning wood — though wood stoves and fireplace inserts are increasingly subject to regulation to cut down on pollutants. So there’s no regulatory pressure for controls on burning coal.

Starting a Coal Stove

Like charcoal coal is harder to start than wood since it contains less oxygen and ignites at a higher temperature. It only makes sense that it takes a little more effort to make a rock burn that it does wood. The end result getting the rock burning is a smooth even heat. But patience and boy scout skills do not hurt. 3 different ways to start a coal fire are, start a wood or charcoal fire first, use coal mice and the last one is to use a heat gun. The key is practice, consistant high eat and pay attention to good air flow. Do not over fill the stove with coal untill what is currently in the stove is burning. But a full stove is OK when it is burning since it is a more controlable fire than wood burning.

Once ignited, coal burns slowly with little flame and high consistant heat. The high-quality anthracite coal we sell makes almost no smoke at all.

Paul Fulmour , RiversideCoal.com , 50 Easton Avenue , Hyde Park , Ma , 02137 United States , Phone 1-781-254-2773