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My supplier, Storey in Jackson ran out of nut and told me they wont get any till April or May.
I had to run to Ohio (64 miles one way!) to get some last weekend.
I called Lester Bros and got their prices. $7.25 per 40# of bagged. $290 for bulk per ton.
I am not set up for bulk coal and am not sure if its really worth the hassle. But then...bags are a bit of a hassle too, but, they are much easier to move and certainly cleaner. Just not fully sure they are worth an extra $70 per ton.
Well....i went and bought some from this place yesterday.
Mixed review i guess.
The people there are very nice and friendly. The coal comes in small sacks containing 30# of coal. They quote the price as if its in 40# bags and adjust accordingly. I paid $77 (includes tax of course) for 14 bags.
The small bags are very easy to pick-up and move around.
However! All the bags contain A LOT of ice/water!! My cart in the basement that i empty the coal into now has over an inch of nasty black coal water in it. I dont see much difference in how it burns being so wet...other than it just sizzles awhile until it burns off the water.
Not sure whats worse....the coal dust from my other coal or the coal slurry from this. The other bags are even now thawing in my basement and making a mess.
The kid that helped me load up said they had originally thought most people would want to buy in bulk. Then when they started selling they found out that 90% of the people wanted it in bags. So they are not as prepared as they had thought they would be.
He said they will be much more organized next heating season.
I am not set up to buy in bulk. And by the time you also pay for delivery....the bags dont cost that much more.