I was contacted by a family in Ashland Pa. that does clean outs of houses for a local landlord who has a lot of properties. He buys properties from the sheriff sales and then fixes them and rents them out. When someone moves out of one of his properties, they go and do the clean-out and cleanup and show the place to prospective renters. They know that I burn coal in my stoker and heat all our water and the house with a Bucket A Day. So whenever they find coal in a basement and no coal appliance, they call me and I go and get it. Up till now it has been a couple of buckets of rice or pea coal here and there but yesterday was different.
They told me it was a lot of coal so I took 10 buckets this time. When I walked into the old coal bunker I was looking at about 1/2 ton of stove coal and no coal furnace, boiler, or stove in sight. I could see the old pad where a large furnace had been and the coal loading hatch had been closed up with concrete block. It took two trips and 22 bucket loads up 7 steps, down 6 steps and into my Subaru Forrester. I am sore today from all the trips but we now have enough coal for our Bucket A Day to heat our house and all the hot water we could use and the cost was 10 and change for lunch at McD's and about $10 gas. If I use 35 pounds a bucket on average times 22 buckets comes to 770 pounds of coal for the hauling. That 770 pounds of stove coal broken up should last me at least one month to six weeks in my Bucket a Day. I currently have the oil boiler disconnected and the Bucket a Day is piped in series with the oil boiler and it is currently heating the house.
At the current price I am paying at the old UAE site that would have cost me $65. It cost me $20 to get it so I figure I saved 45 bucks.
Not a huge savings but $45 saved is $45.