Anthracite Coal is one of natures cleanest burning solid fossil fuels. Cape Ann Coal sells the highest quality anthracite coal because it is clean burning and does not have an odor. If you are new to heating with coal the grading of coal is important to understand. Power plants burn a different kind of coal sourced from other regions of the country. This other coal is higher sulpher coal such as bituminous coal and is what power plants usually burn. The difference is the lower raw cost of power plant coal and it's lower carbon content and higher amount of sulphur and impurities in it. Anthracite coal has the fewest impurities in it. Also of great importance to people heating with coal it has the highest calorific or energy content compared to other coals. The blue shinny color is a way to identify this coal in comparison to the other types of coal.
Anthracite has to be brought up to a high temperature to ignite but when it is ignited it burns with a short, blue, odorless, smokeless flame. It has a high carbon content and few impurities. Cape Ann Coal works hard to buy from the best supplieres that have the highest quality Anthracite coal that is nearest the center of the coal seam.
Sizing of Anthracite Coal
For heating purposes the chunck coal at the mine is broken down to sizes that will flow well in a stoker stove and have a good surface area for burning. Types of coal that stocked are nut pea and rice coal. The sizing of Nut coal is between 7/8" to 1.5". Pea sized coal is between 9/16" and 7/8". Then the rice coal is 3/16" to 3/8". These sizes are available in both bags and in bulk.
Heating with Anthracite Coal
Burning anthracite coal in quality coal stove provides an economical heating alternative as a main or supplemental heat source. The BTU content and price of the product ass up for a real savings. Combine this with the fact that the source of coal is not based on imports from other countries and the quantities available in Pennsylvania is very large with no threat of running out soon. This both saves you mony and you can expect better future stablilty in the price since this product is free from fluctuations based on foreign conflicts.