thats a great site!
also, i want to say i've been burning coal off and on since the early eithties whan i was in my early 20's and someone gave me a white atlanta coal stove which kept me very warm. all my friends were also young adults and struggling with heating bills, so my place was quite popular with its 80 degree temps!
ten years ago when we bought our house, i was tired of te wood stove going out by morning, bought a $50 chubby and a couple bags of nut coal, and was warm. somehow, a year or so later we went back to wood, - rpobably the dust from shaking and ash removal - then last year i discovered the stoker technology and bought the harman used, never hooked it up.
this think has only been on since saturday, but its almost like oil heat with the thermostat.
i only hope that anthracite stays low in cost as the popularity increases.
so far so good. your site was in my coal favorites since that time.
NEPAForum Admin wrote:
Where you found that chart is my site too.
As it mentions those are approximate values and are based on my experience, you won't find any "official" values anywhere. Someone else posted some volumes slightly lower than the 40 cubic feet per ton in another thread a short time ago. Bear in mind the coal itself can affect the volume.... Also make sure you are taking the *inside* dimensions of the bin. A 2x4 wall with plywood on the inside all the way around on a 4x4x8 bin will take up about 1/2 ton.
If you are really concerned about it weigh how much coal you can get in 5 gallon bucket (or whatever you are using) assuming you are using buckets to move it from the bin to the stove, be sure to subtract the weight of the bucket and get an average over a few full pails. If possible weigh it on a few different scales to make sure your scale isn't off. A few pounds will create a huge + or - over hundreds of buckets. If memory serves me correctly it should be around 35 pounds. Mark down how many buckets you get out of it... add them up at the end of the season.
This is in no way an official weight but it should be fairly close, if it's off significantly like more than a 1/4 of a ton then I would consider not buying coal from the same dealer.
As far as taking them to court I would suggest there really isn't anything you can do. There is no way for you to prove it short of having it delivered, removed, and weighed with witnesses present. They could simply argue that it was you that removed the bulk that is missing and I wouldn't doubt that any magistrate or judge would accept that argument.