Coal Vending Machine!

Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: Yanche On: Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:17 am

Who says coal fuel is an old fuel. Coal sales has a modern look, VENDING MACHINE sales! For only sixteen quarters you can have your coal any time day or night. My local coal supplier, a third generation family business, has been selling coal out of a vending machine for the last 20 years. Forty years ago the machine dispensed block, cubed and shaved ice. As the bulk ice sales market moved to convenience stores and the refrigeration unit needed repair it was abandoned. My coal retailer acquired the machine and converted it to dispense coal. Inside are mechanized shelves that held the ice blocks. A block of ice would be slid to a trap door. When the coin collector was satisfied the trap door would open, dropping the ice and advancing a new block of ice. My coal dealer first tried bags of coal but they would break when they fell. A heavy cardboard box worked. He sells about 1500 boxes a season. $4 for a 33 pound box of coal. He fills the boxes in the summer months directly from his coal truck's chute. The coal must be very dry or the box will become wet and fail. Boxes are stacked and stored in a small building right behind the vending machine.

The coal vending machine is located on his coal yard in a residential and local business area of Hanover, PA. Typical customers are those who just need some extra heat for a cold night or just fire up the stove on weekends. I took these photos yesterday afternoon while I was getting a pick up truck load of pea sized Anthracite, $205 a ton.

Yanche
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Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

PostBy: rouxzy On: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:50 am

That is so cool.
Tom
rouxzy
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut / Anthracite

PostBy: keyman512us On: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:55 am

...Quite the vending machine, Too cool! (thanks for posting)
keyman512us
 


PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:13 am

:lol: That's funny. Can't believe they box it. Seems like a lot of expense for 33 pounds of coal.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:33 am

That's really neat!

Thanks for sharing!
Gary in Pennsylvania
 

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: Townsend On: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:33 am

Awesome, thanks for posting this!
Townsend
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:37 am

Gotta love it!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:28 pm

A little american ingenuity goes a long way!
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: japar On: Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:53 pm

Kudos for him I think thats so cool, I bet in the future those will be popping up outside your local convinence store, it could be placed right next to the $ 11 bundle of sex wood that they sell
japar
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hearthmate
Stove/Furnace Make: Hearthmate
Stove/Furnace Model: combo

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:27 pm

japar wrote: I bet in the future those will be popping up outside your local convinence store,


Note the date on the original post:

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:17 am
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:07 pm

Yes, but this is a thread that is truly worthy if necromancy. I wish there were dispensers like that every where.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: Greyhound On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:49 pm

Funny thing is I just saw another building like this on an auction site somewhere, ice vending machine, non converted.
Greyhound
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 105
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Lenox Oil HA, Heat Pump

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:53 pm

I'm On Fire wrote:necromancy

I had to look that one up. :)
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: Townsend On: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:29 pm

I'm On Fire wrote:Yes, but this is a thread that is truly worthy if necromancy. I wish there were dispensers like that every where.


Ha,ha,ha,ha!! That's a good one!
Townsend
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Coal Size/Type: Pea / Buck

Re: Coal Vending Machine!

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:07 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
I'm On Fire wrote:necromancy

I had to look that one up. :)


Can you tell I play a lot of video games?
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator