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Old April 21st, 2010, 07:35 AM
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Default Re: Natural Coals and Ashing

you can't remove matter. It only changes states. So, when you burn a coal, which has a small moisture content, the moisture evaporates and is removed as water vapor. All other constituents of the coal are simply changed to ash. So, by weight, the resulting ash will be slightly less than the original coal. However, in volume, since the amount of removed moisture is very minimal, it will actually be roughly the same amount as when the coal started whole. The only reason the ash might seem like there is less of it is because the particals composing the ash are smaller and therefore more compactable than the larger particles that make up the unburned coal. Smoke happy.

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