With the recent concern over home heating costs, anthracite coal is re-surging in popularity. For many consumers, a greener option such as natural gas or solar power is not yet affordable or accessible.
No longer the dirty process of yesteryear's bituminous coal, anthracite is proving itself to be a viable option to other heat sources. Because there is a curve in learning how to burn anthracite coal, you need to know exactly what to do.
Open your coal stove or furnace, dampers and ash door and place loose newspaper on top of the grate.
Criss-cross kindling on top of the paper.
Keep the draft control and flue damper fully open and light the kindling; close the door.
Add small pieces of hardwood after several minutes of the kindling burning.
Add small amounts of coal (one or two shovelfuls) once you have a layer of red wood coals built up. Distribute evenly as best you can, then close the stove or furnace door.
Continue adding shovelfuls of coal (waiting five to 10 minutes between additions) until you have about a 3-inch burning bed built up.
Fill until it reaches the top of the firebrick.
Turn the draft control down once your coal is fully ignited and burning well. Ensure the ash door is closed.