Blaschak good enough or make trip for Superior

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Blaschak good enough or make trip for Superior

PostBy: cowentz On: Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:19 pm

I am in york PA and this will be my first year burning coal. I can get Blaschak coal at Hoke Mills for $210 a ton. Is this good enough coal or do you strongly suggest taking half a day to drive up to the superior coal mine?
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Re: Blaschak good enough or make trip for Superior

PostBy: tsb On: Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:32 pm

Well here is the way I think. It's always better to take a trip
to the breaker. It's cheaper, but that's not the idea. It's a road
trip like no other.
How much you overload your truck or trailer is directly proportional
to how exciting the trip home will be.
If food is a driving force in you life, make sure you work breakfast
or lunch into the trip - or both.
You can also go the the breaker in Ravine to get Blaschak. It's closer
than Superior.
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Re: Blaschak good enough or make trip for Superior

PostBy: gaw On: Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:56 pm

Superior has a good product, and from what I have read on here Blaschak is liked by some and not so much by others. You would save $50 a ton at Superior, unless they raised prices since my last delivery, and if you have the ability to haul several tons at a time it would probably be a cost saving proposition to take that half day but if you only plan to buy less than a ton at a time I think I would get it locally. You will have to figure the cost of your trip and value of your time. There are many folks on here that have spent a lot of time and who knows what cost traveling around trying different coal from different sources and different breakers, to them it is probably more of a hobby than anything and they may have their idea of the “best” coal. I get mine at Superior because they are closest and some other reasons not relevant to this discussion.

PS I just read tsb’s reply and he makes a good point, it’s always fun to blow a day on a good road trip and who doesn’t like to eat.
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Re: Blaschak good enough or make trip for Superior

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:03 pm

Superior is superior, but you can't go wrong with Blaschak. It's good stuff too. Whichever is easier or cheaper, you'll be happy with either one.
Freddy
 
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Re: Blaschak good enough or make trip for Superior

PostBy: coal berner On: Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:32 pm

I would be the first one on here to say go to Superior 160 a ton In the past However the coal that is coming out of the breaker now is no where near as good as it once was I would go to either Blaschak/Franklin breaker 170 or 175 a ton in Ravine PA off exit 104 I-81 to Route 125 or Run up to exit 116 I-81 Route 901 and go to UAE Harmony mine 150 a ton.
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