04:39AM | 10/17/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
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My father has had a fair amount of hard coal (anthracite) stored in a coal bin for about 4-5 years. The bin door hasn't even been opened I believe in quite some time. Maybe this is a stupid question but does hard coal deteriorate? Does it oxidize and/or lose its burning capacity since it has been setting that long? Are there any dangers in having it set that long unmoved/untouched?


06:25AM | 10/17/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Interesting question. Hopefully one of the heating gurus will respond (as I know little to nothing about this subject)--but I couldn't resist due to general curiosity!

I started out thinking, as it's basically solid rock, how CAN it deterioriate? But I tried some internet searches, and came up with the following link. It doesn't directly address your question--but it proves that things aren't always as simple as they seem!

Good luck; if you find something out, please let us know.


-k2 in CO

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04:48AM | 10/18/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
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Thanks for your follow-up! I'll post again if I receive further information. Thanks again!


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