I've been searching around for a coal supplier to go if indeed UAE does shut down.... I was over at Keystoker 2 weekends ago, checking out their warm air furnaces, and they mentioned they get their coal from Mammoth Materials, just off of rt 901, about 4 miles SE of 81. Their price is $150/ton, so I figured I would go check it out.
It was a little rough getting up their entrance road in the Prius, but I managed to slop through the mud, snow and slush. The folks running the place were friendly and personable, we spent about 20 minutes BS'ing about coal, then we loaded up a 1/2 ton of nut, 2 buckets of rice, paid, and were on our way.
Since we were in the area, I figured a trip to Vito's coal fired pizza was in order, after reading some of the other folks comments about the place. It's a little spendy, but worth it! Excellent service and food.
I've been burning the coal since Saturday, and I'm very pleased so far. Seems to have just a tad more ash than UAE, but nothing that's a problem. The coal consumption seems to be about the same. With the weather, I haven't been able to run a really hot fire. Hopefully we will get one more cold snap before the end of the winter, to see if the stuff will clinker or not. I'm sending the 2 buckets of rice to a buddy of mine with a Harman Super Mag, to see how it runs in that. I'll report back on it later.