Greetings All and Happy New Year

Greetings All and Happy New Year

PostBy: Quinnsea On: Mon. Dec. 31, 2012 11:55 pm

Hello fellow Rhode Islanders!

I’ve been reading through this site and your posts and have learned a lot and been entertained by your friendship, you’re a wonderful group here!

I started playing around with the Fuel Comparison Calculator and I’m not sure if I’m working it correctly but it appears Natural gas is a far better and cheaper solution for us in RI right now.
I have a Harman Mark 1 and purchase my anthracite from Cranston Coal. As was stated by a member a ton of anthracite is $297 from them. I got out my last gas bill from National Grid and calculated the total cost per therm which came to 1.1702. If I put these values in the calculator along with the efficiency of my Carrier Gas Furnace #58MVP “up to 96.6% efficient” the cost per million BTU comes to $12.19 for Natural Gas and $15.47 for coal. I guess the gas glut is for real unless I’m not using the calculator correctly?

Regardless, my wife says she still likes the coal stove!

Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark 1

Re: Greetings All and Happy New Year

PostBy: grumpy On: Mon. Dec. 31, 2012 11:59 pm

Welcome, yeah the stove rules. I hate my forced air heat no matter how cheep it could be...

Re: Greetings All and Happy New Year

PostBy: plumber On: Tue. Jan. 01, 2013 10:53 am

Right now natural gas is cheaper, if you have it. If gas were to be brought up my road, I'd tie in tomorrow. I'd keep my boiler, but I'd be putting in a natural gas burner! Then I'd slowly start stockpiling coal for when the price goes up. Nice to have flexibility. Seeing I don't have gas, I'm saving 65-70% over what I'd be spending in oil, and more off of propane.
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 350

Re: Greetings All and Happy New Year

PostBy: jpete On: Sun. Jan. 06, 2013 11:56 pm

Yeah, gas is cheaper if you have it. It's on my street but I just don't have the money to pull out my oil boiler and electric range and all the associated costs.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice