Got my coal today

Got my coal today

PostBy: SteveZee On: Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:05 pm

Took delivery of 5.08 tons of Blaschak nut coal today and I'm stoked. (pun intended) Nothing like a full bin to make me happy. The people at Center Farms Coal up in Easton, Me. were really great to work with. I urge any Mainers that live Downeast or Bangor and North to consider bulk deliverys from these folks. They use a converted potato truck with a conveyor system that works great. Here's a picture of mine.
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SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: Got my coal today

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:36 pm

Nice, I wish bulk was cheaper for me. But it costs about the same for bulk as it does for bagged. The main difference is, that I'd have to pay a delivery and truck charge and buy 2+ tonnes at a time. At least with bagged I can buy it 1/2 ton at a time if needed and pick it up at my leisure. Bob is the best.
I'm On Fire
 
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Re: Got my coal today

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:10 pm

What are they getting for bulk up that way Steve?
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler


Re: Got my coal today

PostBy: SteveZee On: Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:25 am

Hi Guys,

Let me tell you that story up here. The local bagged coal guy is only 4 miles from where I live. He wants $325 a ton picked up at the store. But, if they deliver, it's another $20 a loaded ton and $1 a mile. He sort of nickles and dimes you to death and he only has Reading coal which is ok but I think the blaschak is better. So he works out to almost $350 a ton and I have to load the bags into my barn.
The people from Center Farms are like 3 hours north of me, yet they delivered for $320 a ton period and we never had to touch anything. It just poured in through the window into the bin. The other thing I like is that my experiance with bagged coal always included quite a bit of fines in the bottom of the bag due to the amount of handling and you have all these bags to dispose of too. This bulk coal was straight from the breaker and only handled once before bing delivered. It looks like less fines to me. It's a good looking product too, very consistant in size. I can walk through the summer kitchen into my barn with my two hods and just scoup them full and back into the house. I know that $320 a ton is allot for most folks but consider where I am an hour plus northeast of Bar Harbor. I'm sure that people closer to the Center Farms operation get a slightly lower rate. For me this was the best way to go.

What's the going rate in Western Mass, Smitty? I'm actually born and raised in that neck of the woods. Lenox, Pittsfield area. Lots of relatives still there. Really beautiful round there this time of year coming up too with all that hardwood down that way.
SteveZee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Glenwood Modern Oak 116 & Glenwood 208 C Range

Re: Got my coal today

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:12 pm

That's actually not to bad at all considering your location. There's a place in Shrewsbury, MA that's getting $340 (last I checked - maybe more?) a ton for bagged Blaschak! :shock: That's if you pick it up too!!

I'm actually closer to Springfield than than those towns - but yeah it's real nice out that way. Nice views, lots of old houses. This place isn't too bad in that regard either.

I get my coal from Squire Lumber in Monson. $289 a ton for bagged Blaschak (all sizes same price), $284 a ton if you buy 14 tons or more. Lots of places around here over $300 a ton now.
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler