rrob311 wrote:Does anyone know where the best prices for bagged coal is off I81 in PA I travel through there from 84 all the way to 76 and I have a van so I need bagged coal. I can't bring a truck down there so I need it bagged. Any Ideas?
Hi rrob, welcome to the forum.
I see you are still deciding which stove to purchase so you aren't sure what size of coal you will need. Just be aware rice is the most popular with the home burning crowd so it can be the hardest to come by in the middle of winter, although most stoves that burn rice will burn buckwheat or a mixture of buck and rice. You asked about the best price and didn't mention quality, I will say that quality matters. I didn't know the difference when I first started burning coal and was happy with Agel coal in Scranton, they are only $4.50 a 50# bag. But that coal is strip mined coal with a fair amount of non burnable shale and bone and is around 20% ash. The best coal is deep mined coal, and if you do some reading on here you will see the opinions rendered on that subject.
If you want quality deep mined coal, it is not available in bags. From what I have read on here most think the Blashak bagged coal is the best, and you could probably buy that at the same cost at a source near where you live when considering the fuel costs to actually get off 81 and go directly to the source.
So having said all that here is another idea. Can you fit a couple (or even one) 55 gallon drum or other container in the back of the van? If so you could go to any of the breakers you see talked about and either shovel it in or if you go to Calvin Lenig you can make a shute and use the overhead hopper to load it right in. UAE is exit 124, Superior is exit 112 and Lenig is kinda out of the way but you would get off exit 116 depending your preference for roads. At Superior you would need to call a head and make sure they had a pile outside with the size you need since they feed from overhead shutes inside a building.
Not sure if any of this helps, but there are other threads on this forum regarding where to get coal, you should give them a read. Best of luck in figuring out what to do.