Well, since I wrote inquiring about a supplier, I have located 2-3. Having in fact called our host, NJ is significantly further east than anyone in Eastern PA. delivers to.
So then, tell me if these prices are in order with those of you who can get a constant supply delivered.
In NJ, I can go and pick up at one location, about 50 miles away, loose coal for $205.00 a ton, or $6.19 for a 40lb. bag. In another location, around 35 miles away, I can pick up for $180.00/ ton or $12.00 for a 75.00 bag. They will also deliver the loose coal for $260.00 a ton.
From another supplier much further south in Jersey, I was told that the coal supplied by the second dealer above is not very good. In the case of this dealer, he will sell a ton of coal for $235.00 + delivery, though I am really too far north for him. On the other hand, he has a property north of me about 25 miles, where he said he could bring 50lb bags for $7.75 per bag.
If I was willing to drive with someone's truck to Scranton area, I could probably get a ton for around $130.00. Only, I don't have any friends with trucks that can handle any more. To drive all the way out there for a ton is not cost effective.
So, is there anyone in North Jersey getting a large quantity of coal that wouldn't mind adding another couple or so tons? Are the prices above reasonable?
If the coal is questionable, and driving to Scranton is out of the question, I may have to continue burning wood.
Thanks for any advice you can share.
With that particular dealer,