Hambden Bob wrote:I'd ask him what brand of bagged coal he's selling. We've had reports of some Folks who've bought a sizeable quantity of Coal only to find that it wasn't all that great of quality. You don't want to be stuck with three skids of mediocre coal. If what you buy on that first skid is good quality,you shouldn't have any trouble getting two more. This cold snap could cause some Folks to act as you are and buy coal from him. That's the jeopardy of Supply and Demand. I don't think I'd worry about "Fresh Coal". I'm thinkin' it's possibly 300 million years old to begin with. It would be helpful if it's kept dry and accessible. I still haven't heard from Blaschak Coal Co. on your behalf. That Gent in Urbana I'm thinking is Champagne Stove Co. It's too bad that they're that far from you as they really seemed dedicated to getting the word out on Hitzer and D.S. Machine Stoves and Coal. On the subject of storing your coal,I seem to remember that your not too fond of your basement. If the garage is dry and not to far,then I'd stack it around the walls so you can still get vehicles and what-not in there. You'll find what you like,and what works best and convenient for you as you go along with this. When you get time,let us know how you plan to aquire your Hitzer and get it installed. Don't forget about dealing with the present Gas log set-up and getting the gas supply line safely capped off.
You know, he told me and I can't remember to save my life what kind he said it was. I remember him saying he has sold reading for several years and switched to this and he likes it a little better. I spoke to the gentleman in Urbana. His name is Pete and he is absolutely fantastic!! He spent almost an hour on the phone with me helping me decide about stoves and talking with me about liners and how to get around the lintel the safest way in my fireplace and every helpful thing you could think of. He's got my business when we buy the stove. He deserves it! I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in that area. You are absolutely right...I despise the basement and all its creepiness so if we stored coal down there hubby would have to bring my a bag or two up at a time to set near the stove. Its damp down there but it wouldn't be sitting in water puddles or anything. My husband put the gas logs in so he knows how to take them back out. Will be doing that pretty soon. We have a shut off on that line so he will shut it off, cut it down and cap it. As far as the stove goes, I doubt it would be cost effective for him to deliver it from urbana but my dad has a pick up truck and small trailer and I'm sure he'd go with us and help us. <3 my daddy