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My frustration with not being able to find coal here in East Texas got a couple of interesting responses. The first:

    In yesterday's newsletter, you mentioned the home use of coal. You probably know that geologically, much of southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, parts of Mississippi, and I'm sure eastern Texas-- are Gulf Coastal Plain. The region was once shallow sea in ages past. There are large amounts of lignite coal in the Gulf Coastal Plain. You likely also know that lignite coal is a low grade, lower output of BTU's than other grades. But there's ALLOT of it. There are a couple electrical generating plants in Louisiana that use lignite coal. (My son lives in Louisiana and has his B.S. from Louisiana TECH and his M.S. from LSU.) I'm getting motivated to seriously investigate the use of lignite coal for home heating. There is a problem that it is not commercially mined in Ark. (where I live) that I have been able to find. Lignite coal "starts" not far from where I live in Ark. I understand that lignite is mined on a small scale in Mississippi and Louisiana.

    I found out a few things from the Arkansas Geological Commission. Texas surely has a similar agency.
    I understand that once lignite is out of the ground, it becomes unstable and degrades when exposed to air. I don't think unstable means especially dangerous. If one were going to start using it, this aspect would have to be investigated further.

    In theory, you could buy land with lignite under it and dig it up yourself. I understand it tends to be not particularly deep. I also understand there are many contingencies to such a pursuit, e.g., environmental degradation.

    I suspect that you would have to use an iron/steel stove designed for the burning of coal, despite lignite's low grade. I have some information on coal stoves. Lowe's, for one, carries coal stoves. I'm sure you would have to order one, and it would be sent from a warehouse. Sears used to carry one.

    You may know that North Dakota also has large quantities of lignite coal, and it is understandably used for heating there more than in the mid-South! I have sources in North Dakota I have not yet contacted regarding the particulars of its use. They have experience in its use there.

    If you want any information on lignite, I will write you with what I have.

Now check this out - there is a place to buy bulk coal:

    "I am responding to a post by one of your readers (5/28/8) regarding where to buy coal.
    Here is one possible answer for him. Being in Kentucky, he appears to be in luck.

I just remembered another reason I want to buy some coal. According to the classic woodsman's cookbook, George and Berthe Herter's "Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices" real BBQ'ing is done over coal, not this sissified self-lighting stuff charcoal.

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