Heating With Coal in the Midwest

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Andy in Nebraska
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 354
Location: Nebraska

Post Sun. Dec. 04, 2011 3:28 pm

I also live in Nebraska and heat with coal. At first we contacted local power companies to see about a rail car. They laughed and suggested electric space heaters. Every stove dealer we talked to throughout the state had no idea people 'still heated with coal'. One guy even said "The only people who still heat with coal are the Chinese." and he tried to sell us a corn stove. We've picked up both Anthracite and bituminous coal from Iowa, but lately we've settled for smaller quantities of bagged, delivered pallets. Naturally freight is prohibitive and moving 4 and 5 ton of bags is a bit of a pain. If there's someone in the S.E Nebraska area (hell I'll settle for the tri-state area) that would be interested in quantity amounts I'm interested in splitting freight or cost. Or if you know of local sources for coal I'd like to hear about it. We have burned Anthracite, bituminous (Ky Lump), wood pellets, corn and cherry pits in our Hitzer and we are completely satisfied with the stove. We have LP back up and haven't had to buy any for quite some time nor have we had to use our local power company which provides inferior heat and a questionable supply during the winter storm months. Thanks for all the great advice and words of wisdom on the forum!

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ValterBorges
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Stove/Furnace Make: AHS
Stove/Furnace Model: S260
Location: Berlin, CT

Post Sun. Dec. 04, 2011 5:25 pm

Are you near a railroad yard?? You could get a railcar full, it's 100 tons of coal and would require much more work to move, and store,, but who knows?? it may work for you.
The guy in new britain ct has two giant silos on property right by the railroad.

If you could buy a cheap plot just big enough for three cars, nut, pea, rice 50+ tons each, and broker a deal with csx or norfolk southern then you either have a lifetime supply or a business that would probably pay for your lifetime supply.

I know the nb house hold oil is charging 100 to 150 $ above breaker probably 130 for those volumes around 280/ton and its still 50$ cheaper than bagged.

Visit Lehigh Anthracite

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Berlin
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal
Location: Buffalo/Adirondacks, NY

Post Sun. Dec. 04, 2011 5:28 pm

what you really need is to burn some western subbit or lignite, then you'll really save money.

This is the appliance you need: http://www.bismanonline.com/king_coal_stoker_furnace_3

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ValterBorges
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Post Sun. Dec. 04, 2011 5:42 pm


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If become part owner maybe you could get a few deliveries. They are closer. I suspect it would be cheaper to move to nepa.

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