Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:00 am

Hard to believe it's been ten years but that's where we are at now. First a little bit of history, as most of you know I was in the coal delivery business, a business my Great Grandfather started with a horse and wagon in the early 1900's. <cue dramatic music> I continue that today into a new century.

When I took over the coal delivery business in 2000 one of the first hings I did was establish a web site. After researching and finding the costs for building one quite expensive I decided to build it myself since I already had a lot of experience with computers dating back to the early 80's with my Commodore 64.

After a few years I started Nepadigital.com as a side business, more of a hobby than anything. Having used forums a lot I decided to install one in the hopes of attracting the local people of NEPA for a place they could discuss local things, that first click of the install button occurred exactly on Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm. Here is the archive of that from December of 2014. 13 members and 107 posts, most of them from me.

That failed miserably.... :P .... however one section of the forum was linked from my coal delivery website and in 2005 really started to gain some attraction. By December of 2005 in this one little section I had a whopping 205 topics and 1386 posts. This was just after Katrina and that really was the catalyst.

By the fall of 2006 I had ditched my original idea and axed all the sections and expanded the coal forum, in the fall of 2007 I outgrew the $10/month shared hosting plan. I moved the site to a much more powerful VPS and shortly after moved the whole forum to it's own domain, NEPACrossroads.com.

That's where we are at today. I want to thank all of the people that have participated through the years that have made this possible, without you this forum would just be another empty wasteland like so many other forums that come and go. I'd like to list everyone but here is the top ten longest active posters all of whom joined in 2005. They are ordered by the oldest first. Surprisingly some of these names may seem unfamiliar.

Name
Last Active
-------------------------------------
1. wenchris
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:44 pm

2. Jeanie
Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:11 pm

3. SenecaFallsNY
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:30 pm

4. em
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:06 pm

5. liven42day
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:33 pm

6. WNY
Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:45 pm

7. LsFarm
Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:57 pm

8. lsayre
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:57 am

9. Cap
Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:56 pm

10. BinghamtonNY
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:01 am



Here is some forum stats:

Number of posts: 433080*
Posts per day: 118.60
Number of topics: 28149*
Topics per day: 7.71
Number of users: 7760*
Users per day: 2.13
Number of attachments: 42542
Attachments per day: 11.65
Database size: 1.3GB
Size of posted attachments: 12GB


*One thing to note about these statistics is they are not bloated with spammers, people that have registered and never posted or even the classified ads that are purged. Here are those stats with those included:

Number of users: 21K
Number of topics: 35K
Number of posts: 450K


So what's the future? Over the coming year I'll be making some additions like a responsive layout for mobile devices. I'll be adding a few forums like an expansion of the soft coal forums and the addition of a baseurner/antique forum. The knowledge base is getting the axe however I'm going to begin building many static pages such as a static business directory, reviews, maps etc.

Again I'd like to thank everyone past and present that has participated and made this possible, hope to you're around for another 10 years.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite


Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:49 am

Happy cyber B-day all :happy:
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:58 am

WOW I've been here for 9 years now! I think I joined in December of '05. Just happened to find the site while searching for coal suppliers a couple months after I had first lit the stove. I remember all those people - lots of them are still active posters!

Nice job Richard! :notworthy: :up: :punk: :cheers: :beer:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:16 pm

You missed the cut by one Smitty. Better luck in 2024. :lol:

- lots of them are still active posters!


Active as in they have at least logged in this year.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:11 pm

Keep up the good work Richard,and I second what Freetown said :punk: . Keepaeyeonit
Keepaeyeonit
 
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:35 pm

Congratulations Richard! Happy NEPACrossroads 10th anniversary! :clap:
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:31 pm

Unbelievable ! :yes: Thanx For This Digital Oasis,Mayor ! Honestly,You may never really know what this Place has done for So Many! Much Appreciated,Much Enjoyed! :up: :clap: :partyhat:
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: StokerDon On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:10 pm

HAPPY B-DAY NEPACROSSROADS!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your efforts Richard, I have learned more about coal (and a few other things) from this forum than I would have ever been able to on my own.

I raise my glass To another ten years!!!!

-Don
StokerDon
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: BairMatic BMC-500 with Van Wert VA400 Stoker, Gentleman Janitor GJ-671/EFM S-15 stoker, Van Wert VA-600
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Harman SF3500
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Noth'in but COAL! Well, Maybe a little tiny bit of wood


Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: D-frost On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:21 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to NEPA(Richard)

Thank You to all of the forum members that contribute their knowledge. This site is awesome!
Cheers
D-frost
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Yukon Eagle I (multi-fuel oil, wood/coal)
Baseburners & Antiques: Herald 'fireside oak'
Coal Size/Type: nut/Reading anthracite, stove/Blaschak
Other Heating: Jotul #118 wood burner

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:32 pm

Happy b'day Richard and all those that make this place what it is!
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box stove, vogelzang pot belly coat rack
Baseburners & Antiques: Home Sparkle 12
Coal Size/Type: Coal Contractor's stove, a little Kimmels 'nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: rockwood On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:57 pm

Thanks for all you do for this forum Richard. Compared to other forums that I'm on , this one is by far the best managed/maintained :clap:
rockwood
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Stokermatic coal furnace
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Rockwood Stoveworks Circulator
Baseburners & Antiques: Malleable/Monarch Range
Coal Size/Type: Soft coal: Lump and stoker (slack coal)

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:00 pm

Hey Larry, how come it took you so long to start burning coal? :D

I lurked on the site for a month or two before I signed up, glad I did. This is arguably the best alternative heating forum on the web. Thanks Richard.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:04 pm

Rob R. wrote:Hey Larry, how come it took you so long to start burning coal? :D


I joined and was excited about coal, then my excitement waned, and then the excitement came back. :D
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: scalabro On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:42 pm

Thank you Mr. Mayor!
scalabro
 
Baseburners & Antiques: 2 Crawford 40's, PP Stewart No. 14, Abendroth Bros "Record 40"
Coal Size/Type: Stove / Anthracite.
Other Heating: Oil fired, forced hot air.

Re: Board started: Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:35 pm - 10 Years

PostBy: Cap On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:42 pm

I moved to the far NW corner of the Lehigh Valley not far from Carbon & Schuylkill Co's in 2002. When I bought my house it came with a Harman Mark III. The only thing I knew bout coal in those days is what I learned in History and Geography class as kid in 4th grade. Ms Mayon was my Geography teacher. :shock:

But let me go back to the 1980's...... As a teenager most of the neighborhood kids went to our one buddy's cabin every year on the bottom of the mountain just on the out skirts of Tower City ( Wiconisco ). We had so many great times out there. Growing up & living in NE Philadelphia, the Skuylkill Co area was just so adventurous for us. We'd go gunning, hunting, trail blazing, checking out the old coal mines and of course, beer drinking, and always Yuengling! The cabin we used had an old fashion cook coal stove. I never lit it myself but I recall the heat during dear hunting season. It was amazing. Living in a row home with a gas furnace I never knew real heat.

Fast forward to my first winter here in the Lehigh Valley. Burning coal was very difficult to this beginner. I went through my first season lighting new fires every day. I put split logs on top every night believing this helped keep the fire alive. I never even knew you could keep the stove burning days & weeks on end. I'm not even sure how I survived 2002 thru 2005. But I did & my electric bill was high. But finding this forum and receiving help from this crew in 2005-2006, taught me every thing I know today. I still recall all the help Greg, LS Farm provided in those early days. He was like the engineer of the early group. He helped all of the new guys like myself.

Really good job Richard. Creating this forum and expanding it the way you did, you really helped many guys like me and certainly helped coal & coal burning equipment sales in NE PA.
Cap
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator