Good evening everyone,
I'm have a dilemma that I'm hoping some of you might add your $0.02 to. It's getting that time of year again and I'm preparing to order my coal delivery. I typically get 6 tons per winter, but last year I burned 7.5 almost 8 which I felt was a little excessive vs my previous years. I was burning coal out of Hazelton (it could have been Coal Contractors, Hazelton Shaft, or Jeddo, I'm not sure since I buy from Chervy's) but I seemed to have more ash and less heat than previous years. I've always used them before and never had an issue, but something seemed off last winter. I light up and shut down the same time each year for the record. I asked my coal man about it and he said last winter was colder and we had more heating days but I honestly don't know if that's true. Also, I told by a friend that I should get a breaker weight slip because I may get shorted some? I've only ever gotten the delivery man's slip, not a breaker's.
Also, would it help to see my ash? A lot of times I break pieces ash apart and see shiny black coal inside even though it looks burnt.
This leads up to my question, do I go with old coal supplier this year @ 205 a ton delivered or look elsewhere? I received multiple quotes of the following
--Hazelton Shaft/Stockton (Coal Contractors) (my choice) at $190 a ton delivered
--Gale at $225
--$220 a ton from a guy who used to solely haul from UAE says since they closed down he found another supplier almost as good as Harmony, but more east. I think he said coal is better the further east you go from Harmony (supposedly this is close to Girardville PA)
--$205 from Reading
Seems like 205 - 225 for anything towards Mt Camel, Shamokin, Gale regions...
I guess the question I really have is for example, is the difference between say Stockton/Hazelton Shaft and Gale worth the difference of the 35? I'm willing to pay a little more if it is worth the difference between great and good coal, but maybe say 190 delivered is cheap enough to make up for quality differences. Any help or advice anyone can offer I would greatly appreciate. Feel free to ask questions or I can send pics of ash, coal etc.