Are there large price differences between bulk and bagged on the Island? Landscape companies are typically the ones equipped to handle unloading of bulk and bagged TT units, hence using them to deliver locally. The choice of suppliers of coal might not make some happy, so the only way to control that is to be proactive and get together about how you want your winter's supply to be handled. Many times price is the ruling factor for buyers, however I never have 'shopped' for price, but I sure do about quality. Once it is on the ground a few hundred miles for coal country, your options are not many. Suck it up and don't do it again. I have cleaned out coal bins in the Woodstock, VT and the Connecticut River Corridor area that are a hundred years old, and some of the coal near the bottom, was as well. Yes, it burns better, less ash, more heat, but who knows who, what mine, or when it was delivered. Dozens of 20 ton bins at old farm houses....not touched since the 50's. You guys ARE the market, and understand there is not much profit and a LOT of aggravation with dealing with the public....yes, that means YOU, also. Do you want to purchase a 5....10...20 year supply at once? Some folks have 20,000 rounds at home.......food for a year.......just asking what the price of your security is worth. Too bad there isn't an old depot that could be used for coal, pellets, etc. close to all of you.
One thought is that if you don't burn more than 5 tons a year, bagged works out well......in handling, storage and convenience. However those who have a great delivery spot, easy access, and no landscape issues, bulk is fine, too.