Hybrid Guy wrote:My question has still not been answered.
Yes, considering how much it costs to join NEPA Crossroads, you'd think the service would be better!
Hybrid Guy wrote:"How many breakers are there in NEPA? How many other dealers are being affected by this?"
I didn't realize this question was that difficult!!
Or am I asking it the wrong way?
"How many breakers are there in PA" is quite different from "How can I get my rice?", which I believe is your real question.
A breaker is a coal processing (crushing, sizing, washing, piling) facility. Many breakers sell direct to the public, even small orders. They also sell to dealers, government, industry, etc. If you go to a breaker for some coal, you weigh your vehicle, load your vehicle, re-weigh your vehicle, then pay. This works great for people close to a breaker--they can pick up maybe up to a ton at a time, then go again when that supply runs out and buy more. Depending on total seasonal needs, most folks here probably burn 2-6 tons per year--so that might mean anywhere from 3-10 trips to a breaker per season, for someone with, for example, a pick-up truck. Works well for people in the heart of anth country. But if you're on the NY-PA border in extreme northeast PA, I don't imagine that method would be too appealing to you. Unless you have a truck much bigger than a pick-up, or a trailer that can hold 2-6 tons, either of which would permit you to make one trip per year for all your anthracite supply, going to a breaker isn't too practical.
The usual method of the majority of us is to identify dealers close enough to you to deliver to you. Each local dealer probably stocks coal only from one, or at most a few, breakers. Your dealer's "breaker has been broke" (I assume mechanically broke vs economically broke, but I'm confused--isn't a breaker supposed to break?
). She doesn't know when it'll be fixed, and doesn't have a supply relationship with other breakers, many of whom may be short of supply themselves this time of year. (Which leads to Rule No. 1: Buy your coal in May-Jun-July
, rather than December. By late spring/early summer, coal stocks have been replenished, the ground is drying out for dicey deliveries, and dealers are much less busy than in Dec-Jan.)
The solution for you is to identify other dealers reasonably close to you--I'll bet there are more than a few near you. Check out local.com and enter your town. You can pick up some there or, for maybe $25 more per ton, plus maybe $25 delivery charge, your coal will show up at your doorstep.