Just by way of keeping up with progress. I got 1200 lbs of rice from American Premium yesterday, much cheaper than other options. Lehigh has bagged rice, but for my quantity it comes out to around $300/T. I figure for the remainder of April, cool nights, hopefully any rice will do OK. Having said that, I will say the process of getting the coal at AP is very easy, very fast. I mean like in and out in less than 5 minutes fast.
One note on the finer aspects of suppliers. I have a Dakota with a 6.5 ft bed. The first time I went to Lehigh, the scoop on the loader was about the same width as my truck bed. The guy could tell that some coal was going to fall outside the tailgate, so he had another guy stand there with a grain shovel to deflect that coal into the truck bed. I'm not fanatical about my truck...BUT...it is a 1996 with still-prefect pain and chrome bumpers that I would like to keep scratch-free if possible. I know, hauling coal will eventually make it more like a "real" truck, and I am fine with that. When I went to AP yesterday, they had a similar loader scoop, and the guy there just loaded it up and dumped it, some coal falling outside the tailgate, just messy overall, but I removed the excess and went about my merry way. Not complaining, just noticing something about service, and maybe Lehigh goes way above and beyond others, or maybe it was just that guy, that day.
Now, I'm curious to see how the AP burns. I will have some next Fall when I start up again. But I do eagerly await Lehigh re-opening for bulk retail.