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  •  Doc, people who believe in "clean coal"... (9+ / 0-)

    ...probably never experienced coal-fired boilers up close and personal. I did, in my grandparents' apartment building on the southwest side of Chicago, and my grade school. Dirty stuff, better used as an industrial feedstock than a fuel.

    And then there are those that think The Flintstones and Dinosaurs! were documentaries, rather than situation comedies...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 06:11:26 PM PDT

    •  I like your idea about (7+ / 0-)

      the documentary, extremely amusing!  My grandmother (the one about whom I am writing for Wednesday) for years used a coal stove (a Warm Morning brand) to heat her house.  Hackett was quite the coal town at the time.  It is pretty nasty, but it did not run a boiler, just the radiant heat from the stove itself heating the rooms.

      Warmest regards,


      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me over and over, then either I really love you blindly or I am a Republican.

      by Translator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 06:14:47 PM PDT

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      •  A stove is not as big a deal as a boiler... (5+ / 0-)

        ...ours was huge, and fed by an Iron Fireman stoker. The building had been built in the 1920's, and in 1968 my grandparents had it replaced by gas-fired boiler and an 80-gallon gas water heater, which both took up about 1/4 of the space! The biggest reason was that their coal supplier was going out of business, and they'd have to pay much more for coal. The upsides were many, and the only downside was that we had a room in the basement that we couldn't really make use of any more. Anything stored in the old coal bin would acquire a fine dusting of  coal dust, so we only stored junk in there. But the characteristic smell of coal smoke was gone when the boiler was fired up, and we didn't have to dump bushel baskets full of coal into the stoker!

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 06:23:11 PM PDT

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