Taked to Bob Phelps today, owner of Phelps of Vernon, came in with a couple 6 gallon plastic pailfulls of rice to test, he did'nt want any money for it, I must have had 100 lbs. Even offered me a shovel and a place to wash my hands.
He gave me a good review of the Penna suppliers, the problems he's had getting coal with no or a little bit of fines. Even with the places he's worked with on a yearly basis, there is variation, He likes coal from the Mammoth vein. Even the good guys nowadays are blending the Mammoth 6% with 14% ash coal to get an acceptable 8-9 % ash content. He noted you can't sell coal in CT with a ash content (by weight) of more than 12%.
Last year when I was doing hand fed he delivered 3 tons to my home, he did'nt know I paid at the store and he said I could come in later to pay, that is trust and he said he's rarely stiffed.
It's good to have these local guys around, told him if his coal works similar to the CSM -Monson bagged coal (really nice stuff
he'll get a order 3-4 tons rice next year. Right now I'm pretty shocked at the amount of fines in the Blashak compared to his and CSM's. I'm currently sifting the Blashak with a large collander.
Thats it from here, just want to plug a local guy that still carries coal.