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Postby phantom » Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:47 am

we can still get coal where the water/coal stops were along where the railroad used to be. a cross section of a coal pile looks like an inverted ice cream cone. the railroad used up the cone but the ice cream remains.
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Postby Carm » Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:27 am

Maybe I'll hang around the entrance to the coal piles and fillup my truck...then I have an excuse to go visit on a road trip to deliver coal. A huge waste of gas I know, but it would be fun!
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Postby Bigdog » Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:50 am

I have an aunt that lives in coal mining country in West Virginia. She uses coal like we use firewood. Even has it ricked up outside like firewood. She knows most of the Uke drivers who haul coal out of the mines and she is allowed to pick up anything that falls off the trucks as they transport from the mines to the processing plants. (which happens a lot) She told me one time that some of the drivers would make sure coal fell off the truck when they passed where she was parked. Country folk do take care of their own.
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Postby Carm » Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:09 pm

A friend lives in Shippensburg PA and all he burns is coal. Maybe I'll call him to see about prices.
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Postby Kodiak » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:21 pm

I wonder what it would cost to ship a burlap bag of coal to Ga. ?
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Postby Ron L » Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:12 pm

Ron. Check out "Georgia" on this web page ..... http://www.fholder.com/Blacksmithing/coal.htm ...........
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Postby cowboy » Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:06 pm

John you are right about it giving a person a headache it gave me one too not to mention it smells bad. But I did not get my fire wood supply laid in this year and what I have needs to be split etc. Luckly that I have a air tight stove. Thinking about it there are some coal fired edision plants around here. And Zug Island must use it in their blast furnices As they have a huge pile of it. So they still send it up here in traincars but I do not see them selling me any.

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Postby beaconlight » Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:34 pm

Billy what those power plants used for coal on SI years ago was soft coal and a lot of slate mixed in. I don't know what they use today but you needed a forced draft to keep it burning. We used to "borrow" some for my grand fathers derricks during WWII.

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Postby Kodiak » Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:51 pm

Thanks for the info. Ron L. I'll check those out on Tuesday when I get back to work. 2 of those are less than a 40 minute drive from me.
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Postby jakeesspoo » Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:02 pm

Here is Sandusky we have a "coal docks" right on the bay and the trains bring it in by the tons. A guy down the road from me also burns coal for heat and has piles of it in his backyard but I have no idea where he gets it from. I used to burn it in my ice shantys when I was in high school but My parents lived right by the tracks and I would just go down with a bucket at night and borrow a little from them. I figured it was probally just gonna fall off anyways... :wink:
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Postby Ron L » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:55 am

Your welcome, Ron.

Kodiak wrote:The Anthrocite coal that Carl mentioned is the best for heating as it packs more BTU's.

It burns longer, too. Case in point: A small town close to here in Pa. called Centralia, has "anthracite" under ground veins burning that weave under the town. Since May of 1962! The government bought the town and made everybody move out, except for a few old-timers that won't budge. They're still burning strong and every once in a while, smoke bursts come up throught the ground to the surface. Wouldn't that be an exciting place to live !!! :?
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Postby Carm » Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:33 am

Ron, I think I remember a show on television about that. Kinda odd. Its basically a ghost town now
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Postby cowboy » Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:35 am

I just got this one. Dennis coal & stoves, Wauseon OH 419-335-4665. That is a little west of Toledo Ohio. The card says Hard and soft coal bulk or bag. Hard and soft coal stoves. Got it from a bandjo picker last night. He said with the hard coal he has to have a really hot fire to get it started and leave the draft wide open to keep it burning. And that the soft coal burns pretty much like wood. I plan on calling my grandma after she gets out of church and see what she has to say about if as I have never burned coal before. So maby doing a search on coal stove and supplies may help others find some near you.

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Postby Kodiak » Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:40 pm

Thanks Billy, I'll give it a shot. I tried Ron L.'s Ga web search and came up with 3 possibilities but none have yeilded anything, so I'm still looking.
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Postby Bigdog » Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:01 pm

Columbus Coal and Lime only sells building and landscaping materials now. Probably isn't anyone left working there who remembers what coal is for.
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