Yeah, that's correct.. I'm 'a bit' of a prepper.
And since I'm about 600 miles west of the coal breakers. I stock up when I can however I can.
I didn't start out planning on having that much stored. But with UAE Harmony mine threatening to shut down for over two years.. well, everytime they told me they had plenty of Pea in stock, and the trucking company had an empty dump trailer coming back from the eastern states to the midwest..
It was sort of like the sun, moon and stars aligned just right and I felt this thump on the back of my head and a faint, barely legible voice saying: Hey DUMMY, buy it now, it will only cost more later!!
So I added some more concrete barrier blocks to increase the size of the retaining walls.. a concrete 'Redi-Mix' company near me went out of business, and I was able to score a lot of the concrete blocks for a few bucks.
And I took in two or three extra TT loads of UAE pea coal. Usually I would start the winter with a bit of leftover and a new TT load. But soon I had over 80tons on hand.
Then, I was wandering around at my local lumber yard, and noticed a banded-together stack of roof trusses of to the side, sun bleached, gray, rust from the bands, looking rather lost and forlorn.
I asked the lumber yard owners what the story was about the trusses: they had been ordered, and were either wrong, or the buyer backed out, or made a change to his building plans.. Whatever, they had been there a few years..
I know the owners of the Lumberyard pretty well, they have taken LOTS of my money over the years..
So I asked them, so if you bought them years ago, that means you paid almost nothing for them, right ?? After we all stopped laughing, he looked up the history on them.. and gave me a price on them that was about 1/4 of the current prices.. I went home with some measurements.. put on my 'Rube-Goldberg' hat.. and my McGuiver shirt.. and figured out a way to use trusses on top of the concrete barrier blocks..
I did the same procedure with the shingles.. LOL.. they had some left-over shingles that had had several 'birthdays' at the lumberyard, and I got them cheap..
So I now have a 22x24' coal storage bin, with a roof,
This year I have, like most of us, used a LOT more coal than normal.. And I didn't get a TT load last year. I'll be figuring out a time and breaker to buy a TT load of coal from come spring. I sure wish UAE was still extracting coal.. I'm gonna miss the 6-7% ash content. I won't miss the fines though.