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 Post subject: Dumb Anthracite Question
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:59 pm 
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Ok Guys, I gave a bag of the Anthracite I brought home to a friend to try in his wood stove. He could not get it to light. In a wood fire nor with a torch.

What gives?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:02 pm 
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you need a good updraft. it will never light with a torch. gotta get a wood fire up to around 850 degrees and the key is a good updraft from below it through the bed of coal. when you stop out the 9 this winter we'll show ya how to start it up. unless the stove is meant for coal its gonna be real hard if not impossible to keep a fire going. unless youre mike a.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:06 pm 
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aannnnnnndddd, you gotta have instructions similar to these above the stove:

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This is depressing.

The Blacksmith didn't like his bag either. He wanted a bag of Pocohontas.

The folks out here are not used to it at all.

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mike knows a blacksmith that maybe can help :twisted:

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can he ever!

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For Anthracite to burn properly all the combustion air has to come from under the fire. If the woodstove has grates and a damper that will let air in under the fire it will burn Anthracite. The best thing is to get a good wood fire going and let it mostly burn down to coals. Than throw a little coal on. Wait a couple than throw some more on. In no time you'll have a fire.

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but mike what about blacksmithing with it?

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You know what Chris Don't even F@#%ing start! HAHA :lol:

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Obviously this discussion will have to continue in person, we've digressed to inside jokes.

Mike, I think you agreed in regional food for dinner sometime.

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ok sounds good doug, but youd have to wait till summer time to witness it in full swing and not just get the story!

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Um, may I ask what that sign is posted on?

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haha, the new coal stove in the motor barn

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 Post subject: Re: Dumb Anthracite Question
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:45 pm 
I can't make out what the sign says. Where do you get anthracite these days? Do you take it out of the mine that you give tours in?


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 Post subject: Re: Dumb Anthracite Question
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"No Touching, poking, proding, fondeling, stoking, lighting, ashing, shaking etc, etc. without Maike A's explicit.OK! sincerly, Mike A."

Nah none of the tour anthracite mines are also active anymore because of the liability. There are a few active deep mines in the area as well as quite a few strip mines who will sell the coal to breakers and distributors where one can purchase it. they also ship it today as well.

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