It definitely is all about education. Coal was no secret to our folks and grandparents. But in the quest to"Grow" our society, trains and coal lost out to trucks and petro fuels. No doubt it is easier to have an unseen truck deliver propane or oil, and you do nothing, know nothing and simply pay a computerized bill or budget payment.
On the ultimate quest to capture the BTU advantage, coal has no equal....hydro, nukie, solar and wind are out for the happy homeowner. I'm obviously in a wood burning area of the globe, but after many years of 18 to 20 cords a year, I smartened up. That was in 1972, any I've never looked back.
I have determined that I have not used over 380,000 gallons of fuel at properties I converted to coal. Each and every pne pf them still burns coal and will probably forever. It's not just the independence of being able to speak with a real person from PA to order it, it's the reassurance that when you call the NEPA for a current price and a delivery, they have a pleasant PA accent, are friendly, and don't blow you off. Put down the phone and in a couple days in drives a TT unit, gets paid, says thank you, you tip him or her, they drive off, you relax for the next year. How hard is that?
If any of you has a time share in Qatar....then "BITE ME". Other than that, I'm trying my best to get responsible people to try the coal advantage, and keep the money right here in the USA.
New members are looking over their shoulders, reading to educate themselves about 'girlie men', 'Stoker Heads', base burners and trying to figure out what the 'H' is the furnace/boiler issue. Rice, pea, buck,nut, stove, etc.
Let em try pellets for awhile, the next group of pellet burners will get good deals when those folks move on to coal.
If you think paying 290/ton for compressed sawdust is a good deal, then go for it! Just go to Richards post on the fuel cost/btu calculator and do the math. If's free, try it out. Also AHS has a calc on their website, same thing.
New members....keep spreading the word, they will arrive, better educated (we hope) and able to make sensible decisions.