How do you divide the coal for different houses?

PostBy: Clinker On: Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:34 pm

I was always curious how coal is delivered in bulk? If you (the dealer) load up with lets say 5 tons and you go to my house and I only ordered 2 tons. How do you measure or weigh my 2 tons so I don't receive more or less then I paid for?

Or do you just load up 2 tons deliver it to me than go back and load up for the next order/customer. If so, sounds like alot of wasted trips.


cLiNkEr
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PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:00 pm

I rarely leave the breaker without a full load unless it's very close. My truck has movable dividers on it. On my small one I have 2 dividers so I can split 5 tons 3 ways... 2,2,1 or 1,3,1... anyway I wish.

Each divided load is weighed individually. I get my light weight when I first come in. Put the first load on then go weigh it. I'll shovel off or throw on a few shovels if need be but I'm usually have the right amout or little over which is just written off. Go get the next load and repeat.

My large truck only has one divider, in the near future, possibly this spring and summer I'll be replacing it with a newer truck and putting a new aluminum box with a stainless floor. One thing I'm considering is having a certified scale right on the truck negating the need to have weight slips. Additionally I'll be able to just loadd the truck all up with one size with no dividers, just like as if it was a oil delivery with meter.

But it's not something I've investigated thoroughly, scale durability is important so I'll have to look into it.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: Clinker On: Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:58 pm

Thanks for the quick reply and starting my question in a new thread. I'm sorry, I did get off topic in that other post....Newbie mistake, I promise it won't happen again.

Now, in regards to your reply....it makes perfect sense (Duh, thats why I did not think of it) to just have the coal sectioned off in different compartments. Do you have one of those "scissor" type trucks (not sure of the actual name) that raise up high so the coal can be slid down and into tight spots or coal shoots?

I remember seeing those type of trucks when I was a little kid in NYC in the 60's I would always stop and watch. I remember the driver had a helper that would always make sure the truck did not raise up into telephone and electric wires....The helper always did all of the shoveling as I remember too. :lol:


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PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:25 am

Yes I do, two of them. They are referred to as high-lifts. This is the small one, you can see the clips for the dividers along the top of the box. I really need to get some pics:


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Don't let the funny look fool you, that's a 1986 Mecedes Benz. :) It's the last year they made that body style and switched to a boxier version. Anyone that drives a truck that gets in it loves it, drives likea car and is nearly as quiet.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: Bunky On: Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:37 pm

Hey, you got a black one w/some chromage too dontchya? I spotted this thing on 81 lookin pretty nifty this morning. You're the only one I know of w/C O A L written on the side, yes? :?
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PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:55 pm

Nope both of my trucks are black and blue.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite