Actually it's over 2400 tons, sometimes the same drivers come back several times. I only heat a very small part of NH, however there are plenty of folks using coal up here. I marvel at the extent of the abilities of ALL the manufacturers.
When I saw the brand new Van Wert's now available, I am truly impressed. GREAT abilities, smart men, hard work.....Coal, an American fuel that does not finance terrorist nations, provides clean, safe, and inexpensive heating and hot water, and Electricity for millions.
I sure wish we could see more re-development of coal burning appliances. LL has stepped up to break out of the same old logic with the fantastic and reliable inclined grate stokers, and the integration of the Coaltrol with stoves. Keystoker has stepped up their game also. AHS is always re-inventing old logic traditions, and Pete Sr and Pete, Jr are making excellent quality products as always. They remind me of Carrol Shelby; never know what the next step will be, but you know darned well it will be something unbelievable. I have to stop in and see them...perhaps this week!
Back to the tip thing....like a restaurant, you reward the server if the experience is to your liking, and after a 500 mile run in the middle of the night, someone drops a load of fuel that will last you a year (or more)....how can you not say thanks.