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Answered 2012-08-11 16:08:33

In short, No. Coal comes in the middle of the pack when fuels are compared. Propane produces 21500 BTU per pound, Gasoline 17500 BTU per pound, Coal between 12,000 BTU per pound (Anthracite) to 10,000 BTU per pound (Bituminous) and wood (dried) 7000 BTU or so. On the other hand, Coal can be converted to Gasoline using a process developed during WWII, or to Methane (modern) or to "Town Gas", a mixture of Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide.

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