Hello all. My name is Clair ( old school Pa. man's name). Have lurked here for about a year and learned much. This is a great set of forums.
Live in Berks County, Pa. Sort of SE Pa., but not far from NE Pa. Just me and the Mrs., step kids out of the house for a few years.
I was away from coal for a few years in the mid 2000's, but heated two different homes with stoker boilers from late 70's to about 2001.
I remember paying about $ 44 a ton for delivered rice in the late 70's. It was a lot less at a mine. Price was about $115 per ton when I switched to oil heat in 2001. Buck a gallon fuel oil was as cheap as coal for heat.
After getting married ( again) in 2005 I moved to my wife's home with new oil boiler. We all know what happened to fuel oil prices. Had an ancient 1880's small cannon stove that my dad and I dug out of a collapsed cabin in the 60's. Hooked that up and used it now and then for a few years. Glowed cherry red if I left it get too much air, but put out a lot of heat with a lot of maintenance. Next was a Warm Morning model 500 I hooked up in 2011 and used nearly non stop last winter. Put out some serious heat, but ate a lot of coal. No bi-metal control on that model. Bought a barely used DS Machine 1400 circulator a few months ago for not a lot less than a new one one would have cost. Learning the ropes on that one, but it is stingy with the coal and has been running for over two weeks. Saved us during a 6 day power outage from Sandy. Got to get some sort of coal bin built next year. Have been buying bagged Blaskak picked up at a hardware store at $300 a ton. Was $ 230 a ton a few years ago.
Thanks to all of the moderators, sponsors and posters for this fine site. Hope we all survive the growing war on coal.
hank2 ( Clair)