Yea there is a machine, its called a coal truck...
Your "coal man" is not a coal man but a guy with a dump truck. Anyone that is coal man will have at least something or offer the service or getting in to where you want it. The how and what they offer is going to differ. Typically in Northeast Pennsylvania all residential deliveries are made by high-lift truck, these aren't as common elsewhere:
There's chutes on this truck and you can just about put it anywhere, even in a window 6 or 7 feet off the ground. Others may cart around conveyor lines and others will hang a chute off the side and shovel the entire load. There a lot of different services available, some will even wheel barrow it for you. Even with a regular dump for ground basement windows with a small chute you can chute it in the bin. the high lift is used for variety of reasons, not being able to get next to window being one of them... All of these methods require that the truck being able to get close to your window.
If in the future you cannot get anyone to provide these services at the very least wheel barrow it to the window even if you have to hire a one or two guys to do it. I used to do that for one customer but only because they were a long time customer and the smaller truck we had for that delivery was sold. Took two of us about an hour to move 5 tons from the truck about 50 feet to a ground level window. Just keep dumping it front of the window, clean the mess after you're done...
jrn8265 wrote:2. The rice seemed very clean but still noticed some little "roots" and twigs in it.(not many) ..these are about 1/8" by 1 or 2 inches and smaller......think they will present problems for my Keytoker 105? Do I have to pick them all out?
How clean should the coal be when you burn it?
The twigs shouldn't matter, you will get that sometimes but they shouldn't be excessive. Those do seem a little long to be in rice coal if they are that long... Typically what happens is a old piece a wood will come in with the raw product and it will get busted into a million pieces. This can come from a lot of sources, old timbers that were used in underground mines sometimes where they stripping. If they come in with the raw product its impossible to get them all out. Only takes one piece to make it look like a real lot.
jrn8265 wrote:used 525 gals of oil last year..
180 gallons of oil equals about 1 ton of coal so you're cutting it close.