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New Hire

Posted - 12/02/2017 :  7:29:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I plan to include a modest-sized, permanent sawmill on my c.1910 coal country layout. While I presume many sawmills used wood scraps and sawdust as boiler fuel, I wonder how common it would be for a mill to fire the boilers with coal?

Edited by - hardcoalcase on 12/02/2017 8:05:26 PM

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Posted - 12/02/2017 :  8:06:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd guess uncommon. Why pay for an external fuel source when you have a steady supply? All the bark, sawdust, and scraps make up a lot of energy to burn.


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New Hire

Posted - 12/03/2017 :  02:12:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wood scraps and sawdust were relatively abundant, and cost was very minimal compared to coal, or other fuels that required transport

regards, Warren

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Posted - 12/03/2017 :  10:19:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim and Warren are right. Scrap lumber from the mill provided a source of fuel for firing the boiler. In the 20th century the introduction of electricity changed the power source for many sawmills. Besides the sawn timber/lumber, use was made of all the by-products including sawdust, bark, woodchips, and wood pellets. Coal was not an option, but it's your railroad, so, could of been, should of been type of thing goes a long way.

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