I guess I got lucky this year. My price has been unchanged for the last 4 years: $267.60/ton, bagged Kimmels nut coal, or $6.69/50lb bag.
Just picked up 5 tons last weekend, $1338. Much better than the $4K+ to heat with oil & freeze.
I actually made 2 trips & didn't triple the GVWR of my trailer this year!
Did two 2500# pallets per trip -- one in truck, one in trailer. Was a pain in the ass though, 'cause I had to unload it all, then go pick up the other half of the load, then load into basement. The wife is getting stronger -- we did 50 more bags this year & she wasn't even sore.
Same drill as always: We get all the bags near the small 1 foot x 20" window. She hands me the bags thru the window (outside in the rain
) & I stack them in 14-bag-high stacks (14 bags is as high as the ceiling down there)
Set for the season & that's a good feeling.
Have 200 bags neatly stacked in my soaking wet basement, waiting for the Mark III to make the trip down the stairs.