Best time to buy coal? In the summer?

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Best time to buy coal? In the summer?

PostBy: tcalo On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:06 pm

This may sound dumb...but here goes. I am new to burning coal and was wondering when the best time to buy coal would be? I would think summer since the demand for coal is down. I can only assumed mid winter the prices would be at their highest...is this a safe guess? I supplement my wood fires with coal for the long overnight burns and am in need of some coal to get me through the rest of the season. I am thinking about going strictly coal next season and figured I would get a delivery now since I am in need, but I don't want to get robbed! Any thoughts :gee: ?
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:23 pm

Buy your coal when you can. It's not like oil, the price only goes up. As far as I know, I never heard of any discounds in the summer.
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:46 pm

BUT, availability is best in the spring/early summer & who knows, prices have proven to be better then. Of course that was before so many people became coal burning salesmen. :( ;) My friend, the only dumb questions are the ones not asked.
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:48 pm

For bagged here in CT last year the prices fluctuated from $265 in the late spring to $365 in mid winter for 1.2ton.
For me that's a 800$ difference when I buy it.
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:55 pm

I dropped my price this summer 10.00 a ton and have been selling at the same price since but, after the e-mail I recieved this week the next load I get will be 20.00 a ton higher Check with your coal guy to see if he gives summer discounts if you place and pay for your order and take delivery at a later date.
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:51 pm

I have never seen it go down! Around here, it pretty much stays the same. My supplier SOMETIMES gives an early fall discount (July/Aug) of like -$10/ton, but not this year, the prices went again, so no discount. It typically has gone up about $10/ton every year.
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:06 pm

I usually try to buy it during daytime!! :P

Seriously though, summer is the best time to buy because of availability. Quite a few have been on here relating that it has been hard to find different sizes of coal this winter in certain areas.

I have not experienced a price break buying it then, others have been more fortunate as mentioned here. It does get you "in" before any fall increases. I have been lucky enough to experience that!
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Re: Best time to buy coal?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:06 pm

Dave, I thought we already discussed July & August being summer. :clap: toothy
WNY wrote:I have never seen it go down! Around here, it pretty much stays the same. My supplier SOMETIMES gives an early fall discount (July/Aug) of like -$10/ton, but not this year, the prices went again, so no discount. It typically has gone up about $10/ton every year.
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