http://nepacrossroads.com/fuel-comparis ... ulator.php
70marlin wrote:I agree on the trucking! I'm not set up to burn coal just yet but i will be by next winter. My bottom line is $$$$$ what can I heat my house with and spend the least amount to do it. Right now I have one little air tight stone stove in the dinning room and my living area is a consentient 80 degree's. The house has many cold spots. I'm looking at a add on multi fuel furnace to add to my heating system. So far all my wood is free. But the secret is out and wood is getting a lot harder to get with out paying for it. Even though I still pay for chain saws, gas, wood splitter, truck and maintenance. So there’s no free ride with any thing. Coal is very interesting, trucks and trailers I have. Locating the best price on coal and how far I'd have to truck it, Is some thing I need to figure out before I invest $3000 in my new coal/ wood heating system? What kind of pay back I can expect?
here is a fuel cost comparison calculator that you can use to compare coal to your current fuel oil, propane, ect. there you can figure out your annual savings. for instance, i used propane, well used to. my savings every year is roughly 1,500 dollars. i bought my hotblast furnace last year, cost me 1,050 bucks. so really i started seeing savings within the first year. even better now since i got the best brand of coal you can get, "craigslist coal." lol, free
. so simply just figure out your annual savings by how much oil, propane, whatever ya use, and figure out cost of your stove, and if needed your chimney. a basic 20' masonary chimney should run ya approx. $700. and, if ya dont have a stove yet, look on craigslist. lots of good deals on there