Well, after trying to get some coal out of Agel's (stocking up for winter) and failing to do so (funny how when coal prices are the cheapest, there's no one around to load ya), I started looking into other options. I pick up my own coal and shovel it into the window myself. Work has me very busy, and I don't have a lot of time to do this, but I'm also far to stubborn to pay for delivery.
I need someone to work around my schedule, not the other way around, as the case seems in most coal yards this time of year. So I found Chervy coal in Hanover Twp. Nice old man on the phone saying his coal is superior to the rest and
Anyway, his BSing did the trick, cause I took the 40 minute ride down there to pick up 1200lbs.
And you know what, I can see a definite difference just by looking at it. His coal glistens in the sun. Sounds funny, but it's shiney. Agel's is more dull looking. I saw the shinyness of it from all the way down the street. I also noticed it was more dusty and during shipment back to my house, there was a lot more dust or settled coal at the bottom of the bed of the truck. In my head, in an indirect way, that means it would burn better. Although it's July and I cant really test some out right now, I am kind of excited now for this winter. So maybe his BSing had some truth to it?? So the question is this: are my assumptions correct? What are the qualities you look for to identify good coal?