It`s not just coal ... it`s anthracite
As a fuel source, anthracite has many distinct advantages over its better-known alternatives like, gas, oil, electricity, cord wood, wood pellets, and propane.
QUALITY: its even heat flow and high level of btu`s compared to other fuels, make anthracite the warmest, most steady, comfortable heat source available.
CONVENIENT: Anthracite is very different from coal-burning of the past. When anthracite is used as the primary source of heat in a home or business, its modernized furnaces with coal-feeding and ash removal systems require little effort by the consumer. About ten minutes a day during the coldest months is all it takes to tend the furnace.
For supplemental heating via a anthracite stove or fireplace insert, anthracite is much easier to use than cord wood. Unlike a wood stove which needs to be refilled every 4 to 10 hours, a modern anthracite stove heats evenly without tending up to 80 hours.
To make things even simpler, anthracite is available in clean 40 pound poly bags, and can be stored outside or inside.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND: Anthracite`s low sulfur and high carbon content makes it an extremely clean-burning fuel. It produces virtually no smoke or polluting emissions, a major problem with wood and or wood pellets- burning stoves. In fact, it is a good alternative to wood stoves where wood burning is restricted due to air pollution problems. Today nearly all anthracite is mined from previously mined and damaged sites which were abandoned many years ago. After remining is completed, the areas are reclaimed and restored to pre-mined condition. Grass and trees are planted and wildlife returns to the area.
Even the ash, left over from burning anthracite can be used. The ash is excellent for aerating soil and as anti-skid materiel for icy driveways.