Living in Western MA, I figured the cost of trucking coal from PA to this neck of the woods will most assuredly go up by fall, so I called my dealer today.
They're still trying to keep up with demand for this heating season. It's been an unusually cold winter around here, plus a TON of snow! So they're limiting orders to 1/2 ton only for rice coal, and it's not their 'usual' supplier, so the quality is less than normal, too.
As expected, the price went UP! I paid $265/ton this past August...now it's $289! I think I'll have to do some quick checking of other suppliers. Assuming gasoline goes to $4.00-$5.00 by next fall (I figure it's quite likely), I'm looking to get my coal NOW rather than 5-6 months from now and pay a higher price.