bksaun wrote:Berlin is giving excellent advise, everyone should listen to him!
I burn Bit because I live in KY and can get it much cheaper than anthracite due to shipping cost. I have burned both extensively for over 10 years and if I lived in PA I would burn anthracite hands down over BIT and I have some of the finest BIT available.
We do what we can afford. I've been disabled since Dec. 29th 2014.
My Bituminous coal is $85 per ton, Anthracite is 300 at TSC, $360 every where else. I will use 7 tons of coal, whether it be Bituminous or Anthracite as they have the same BTU output. These prices are without delivery/pickup.
I ran some numbers...........................
I had 5 tons of Bituminous delivered....$525 (I have 1 ton in my basement now). I still need 1 more ton minimum.
Anthracite at TSC is 300 per ton, it costs me 20 dollars per ton to haul (as they don't deliver) 320 X 5 = $1600.......That's a 1,075 dollar difference on 5 tons.
I have a small tractor with a front end loader. I can scoop up the 'bulk Bituminous, and pour it into the basement via my coal chute. Bags must be carried, due to my coal room design.
I just thank God my son is around to help with the shoveling of the coal, and ash removal.