Nothin' like Tequila & math!
Since I've accepted the fact that I cannot be a functioning member of society without liquor, I've decided to run the numbers on the black rocks. This is what I've found
At the time I bought the coal, it was $289 a ton from my supplier. By buying more than 14 tons in one shot, I got a $5/ton discount. I bought 14 pallets - or 840 bags - or 16.8 tons ( 40 lb. bags. ) So that said, even with the $70 delivery charge on 14, 1.2 ton pallets, I ended up paying $288.16 per ton. Not good ..... but not bad for MA - especially considering all 14 were dropped here, where I wanted them, & without even ever leaving my house to make the purchase.
After counting my bag corners that I now cut to keep track of coal usage, and factoring in the 14 total days of shutdown, I've been burning 1.49 bags per day. Figured this by burning 52 bags in 7 weeks, minus 2 weeks shut down. At $5.6733 per bag, this ends up costing $8.58 per day, or $257.61 per month. I have friends that pay that - per month! - FOR 10 MONTHS A YEAR! just for an oil contract - and that's a SMOKIN' deal for oil! Ends up under $3.40 a gallon for them.
With oil, I had figured burning a minimum
of 7 gallons per day during the coldest months. At the current price of $3.59 a gallon, that's $25.13 per day!! If I really ramp up the Mark III, I might hit under $12 per day. I like that!