Our pea coal is a bagged Anthrocite coal from Blaschak Coal Corporation. These bags are in in clean 40-pound, poly bags primarily for hand fired furnaces and fireplaces. The durable plastic bags make it convenient to store and handle the coal. In addtion these bags have a convenient handle built into the bag so they are ideal for use when stored indoor or outdoors the coal is still protected from ice and snow.
Size of Pea Coal
The definition of the pea coal we handle is it is an anthracite coal that has been screened to a set size. It is sized to be in the rang of under 9 / 16 in. to over 7 / 8 in. in diameter. Our rice coal is in 40 lb bags or sold in pallet quantities. Riverside coal delivers bagged coal in Eastern Massachusets from Worcester area to Cape Cod and Southern New Hampshire.
Use of Pea coal
This size coal is too large for stocker stoves that have small feeder sizes.
Pea coal being larger than rice coal it will not pack as close together in the fire box, and there will be ample space between each piece of coal for the circulation of air. Air enters from the bottom of the fire and must work its way through the entire fire bed. Selection of the coal size can affect how fast it burns. Small-sized coal, put into a fire box, packs to-together so that only a small amount of air can penetrate. If only a little air circulates, the fire will burn slower.
Another convenience of this anthracite coal in bags is that there is very little ash to be disposed of. Uses of the ash that is produces can be two things The ash is an excellent product for aerating soil in a garden. Or it can be used as an anti-skid material for icy driveways and walkways. Anthracite coal also does not create creosote build-up in the chimney. This makes annual stove maintenance minimal.
Since bagged Pea coal is from high quality Anthracite sources it's low sulfur and high carbon content makes it an extremely clean-burning fuel. This coal produces virtually no smoke or polluting emissions, a major problem with wood stoves, furnaces and wood pellet-burning stoves. In fact, it is a good alternative to wood stoves where wood burning is restricted due to air pollution problems.