Coal Dust Bricks- Uses for Powdered Coal Dust

The millennium uses for coal dust are not that different from the ways in which it was used in decades past. There are many people who are looking for uses for coal dust, especially when they have it accumulating in large quantities.

No one wants to lose money and if they can find ways to employ this resource and cut spending, they will be better able to profit financially.



Coal Loader Shoveling Mixed Slate and Powdered Coal

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Many small business people who burn coal in their establishments, manufacturers and even retailers who gather large amounts of coal dust as a result of their daily activities want to use this product safely. They look for ways of cleaning up the excess and reducing the amount of waste they generate.


One of the uses of coal dust involves making bricks. These bricks are used to generate heat. By compressing the dust into a more solid form, people find it more convenient to use in a home or business.

This particular application of the dust from coal has been allowing people to save money since the 1940s. During this time, many individuals readily used the coal bricks that were formed from dust as a substitute for coal. They were sometimes unable to access as much coal as they would need because of the expense. At other times, even people who could afford coal had to buy less than they wanted to because of rationing that was set up by the government.



Making Coal Bricks from the Dust That Accumulates Over Time

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Orlick Among the Coal Dust- Illustration from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations

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People made use of every bit of coal that they had. They turned to making bricks from coal dust and found that the bricks were able to generate almost as much heat. Coal bricks are formed by mixing wood shavings or other materials that help the dust hold together with the fine particles.

The mixture is placed in a mold. Any suitable container can be used as a mold, including flower pots and empty ice cream tubs. The bricks usually harden in six to seven days.



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