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The market for domestic coal in the United Kingdom, which was 6.3 million tonnes in 1989, continues to be important for the coal industry. However, a number of aspects of coal use were considered to have relatively low amenity levels and an ECSC sponsored project to investigate possible improvements was begun in 1990. In this report a number of areas have been covered involving improvements to combustion, coal and ash handling and corrosion of appliance components.

Combustion improvements were looked at in two ways, both related to open fires, which are still very popular in the United Kingdom, with 88 000 sold in 1989. One of the developments carried out during the 1980s was a self de-ashing underfeed stoker burning a high volatile coal for the domestic market. This offered a very high level of amenity in respect of combustion control, automatic operation and smoke reduction. However, two areas where further improvements were required were investigated. The third area of amenity that was investigated concerned the delivery of coal to the customer's home, either by a merchant or by the user's own transport. .

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Authors: BRITISH COAL CORPORATION, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15193 EN (1997) 117pp., FS, ECU 20.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9379-6
Record Number: 199710561 / Last updated on: 1997-05-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en