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We burn about 2 tons of hard anthracite a year, very clean burning stuff.  Get a hot kindling fire going and add coal and it catches very fast. As TP said though it does seem to vary a bit, some will burn a really long time with good heat output and some just wont burn quite as hot or for just not as long. My wood boiler needs attention on cold days as soon as I get home from work but the coal stove is usually still good for awhile.

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Interesting discussion.

When I was a kid in the '50s about 30% of the houses in the neighborhood still burned coal, the rest had been converted to oil. My family burned coke, which burns cleaner than coal. The neighborhood was split probably 50/50 coal/coke. My father claimed it always burned the same and lit easily. Clever guy told my mother she made a better fire than he😁.

Delivery trucks were high-lift like this one. Truck beds and chutes were shiny like mirrors.

 

high lift coal truck.jpg

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16 hours ago, New Englander said:

Interesting discussion.

When I was a kid in the '50s about 30% of the houses in the neighborhood still burned coal, the rest had been converted to oil. My family burned coke, which burns cleaner than coal. The neighborhood was split probably 50/50 coal/coke. My father claimed it always burned the same and lit easily. Clever guy told my mother she made a better fire than he😁.

Delivery trucks were high-lift like this one. Truck beds and chutes were shiny like mirrors.

 

high lift coal truck.jpg

We hauled our own. Had a slide in dump bed with a hand pump hydraulic hoist. 

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Local guy had a hi-lift..............We never bought from him.  Most guys here ran 1600 loadstars or C50 Chevys, dump box with a piece of bent steel for a chute as most guys ran it through a window into a cellar bin.  Now days the guy I buy from has a high dump coal body on a regular hoist and uses a chute or a small elevator depending on where it goes. He said the high dump hoists are just way to heavy and cut what down on what the truck can haul. 

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