joeq wrote:85 bucks a ton, for bit!!?? Wow! Why so cheap, compared to anthracite?
There's a LOT more of it and the major industrial users keep the supply stable and the prices low. Bit house coal, lump, or stoker can go for between $35 -140/ton at the source depending on quality, size, and other variables; there are a lot more variables with bit coal than anthracite. Many of these variables are neither "good" or "bad", but one or more variables may make the coal desirable for one use and not another - for example, blacksmiths like a high coke button low/mid volatile bituminous coal, but for a fireplace you want a high volatile low/no coke button bituminous coal. With bit coal, unlike anthracite, you need to undertake more effort to find a coal quality, type, and size that's suitable for your specific application.