Burning Alaska coal in coal stoves, furnaces, and boilers is highly polluting and likely violates device manufacturer warranty.
“A bit of research revealed that many coal stoves currently in use and available for sale in Alaska are not designed nor certified for low quality coal such as Usibelli’s. Many of the most popular indoor coal stoves available here were manufactured back east and were designed and certified for use with their low-moisture, high heating-value anthracite coal. Burning inferior coal in a stove designed and certified for anthracite even once invalidates any warranty and could compromise any insurance claim involving damages caused by misuse.” Russ Maddox, Alaska Dispatch, 11/5/2013 Alaska’s inferior coal should never be called ‘clean’
Read the “bit of research” here: CAF Report: Alaska Heating Coal may Violate Manufacturer Fuel Use Requirements
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to approve “coal” and “coal pellets” for coal heaters in the Fairbanks PM2.5 nonattainment area regardless of manufacturer warranty or UL certification. The report recommends steps to address the statewide safety risks from burning high-moisture Alaska coal in heating devices.
Burn the right fuel correctly Seward City News 10/28/2013
State urges caution with wood, coal stoves FDNM 10/26/2013
Heating with Alternative Fuels Can Be Dangerous Media Release, Alaska Fire Marshal 10/25/2013
Residents Raise Coal Burning Concerns Seward City News 9/17/2013