Bowlan, what size and how much do you use? We can easily get a TT load here in a couple weeks, bulk or bagged.
I've seen the bagged prices rise higher than the nuts on a giraffe lately, and I wonder why.
We could buy a full load from a dealer here already, but Keene, Laconia, and West Lebanon are in the mid to high 300's/ton.
Talk of a coal yard locally is great, but accessing a rail siding are not so easily accomplished.
Concord, Keene, Charleston, Claremont, and West Lebanon have the ability right now, and LaValley's brings lumber into Claremont all the time, as does NHDOT and private companies for bulk salt delivery. They have all the goodies to handle bottom dump cars and the ability to do other types of handling. Carroll Concrete brings in 'dust' in bulk rail containers and offloads from the sidings that could be used for coal. The problem is that it really isn't that much easier for the coal companies to do rail where we live. I call for a load, I get a delivery date and time, 8 hrs driving time one way, 505 miles. Done! 100 ton rail cars would be great, but the silo or bulk storage areas and equipment to make it happen have been dismantled 40 to 60 years ago.
Very sad to see.....I remember as a little kid seeing 20-100 ton coal cars sitting on the wooden rail bridge on the way to Ascutney. Always wondered how a one hundred thirty year old bridge made of wood could easily outlast a 20 year old interstate bridge and safely support tremendous loads even today......progress......right!
I'm only 15 miles east of you, so PM me and I can get you hooked up. I know a few coal burners in Sunapee, and each has different supplier. Soooooooo, if you choose one supplier over another, we are all in bed with that result for a season.
Coal Berner has the best advice on what is what on the supply side, and other forum members offer results of their own experiences. You get what you pay for, but experience is a great educator. I have rebuilt dozens of boiler and you can see what lousy coal did to the insides of the combustion chambers. When you see a 60 year old AA 260 that looks just like new inside, one has to wonder who's coal was burned in it. However I've seem AA's with the swirl chamber totally packed and know that someone was burning crap coal , and did no maintenance at all. I have dealt with reputable suppliers for 38 years now, and have not been screwed by anyone of them. Lisa's comment goes a long way also: cheapest does not mean equal quality. I know a couple guys waaaaay south and west of here that bought some $110/ton coal. What do you think their BTU output is? Ash content? Clinker size?
Long story shortened: I am up for the 'Coal Yard Operation' and central enough to do it. It all takes money, and a cooperative effort might be the key. Look at Bob way up in Fort Kent, his bagged price is no different than PA prices.
Trucking is the unknown factor, and like Bob's good fortune, the Maine truckers up there export one product and the rigs could head back empty, or have a return leg loaded with 'Black Gold' from NEPA. If you are down in the Rochester/Dover area you all know of a great source. Member 'Chuck_Steak' has a working relationship with those fine folks.