Coals Going FAST

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wilder11354
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Post Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 10:55 pm

thought I had enough for this winter till end of march...BUT these unusually cold spells are dwidling down the bin fast. burn about 100-120# a day when temps got down to 0* and lower the past two artic blasts. Guessing I got about 1 ton left in bin. thinking of calling where I picked up coal from and see what 2-3 more tons will cost delivered, verses running down to Plymouth, Pa and picking up and how it compares to local bulk coal dealers excessive high prices picked up.

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Post Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 11:58 pm

Better line up this week
Ifeel like a lines gonna form at the local breakers this week
Bring it on, the cold weather that is ;)

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 6:07 am

Sound Advice! Try to keep a little more than a ton on hand,especially this early in Winter. If storage is a problem,your next Winter Project just turned into that Dreamshot Coal Bunker that you've always wanted! :up:

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 8:17 am

Last small break we had I ran up & got another ton & glad I did, might have had enough but there again it don't go bad. Better to have than have not. ;)

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 8:33 am

Magic black rock is inexpensive for many --

but if your not taking steps regarding conservation - well you will have consumption

then ask yourself -- if I burn more of something that costs less -- where is the break even point????

what would happen if I took all this effort and infrastructure and made the dwelling more efficient???

but most will take the path of least resistance

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 9:30 am

Sting wrote:then ask yourself -- if I burn more of something that costs less -- where is the break even point?
good question that I have asked myself more than once.....i'm still saving money until I burn about 8 more tons of coal per year! 8-) .

but I still tweak the house envelope here and there and I still follow the others when they leave the house so I can make sure the doors are closed behind them. although each time its left open somebody else gets to empty the ash pan - that is the deal.

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 9:36 am

And why not trying to keep that nice heat Inside of the house instead letting it go out from the house? insulation is the first thing to study before all other elements about heating a house. Burning more coal cause the house is poorly insulated and drafting is a shame in 2014. And everybody is concerned about energy conservation. Improving insulation of the house is the best investment if wanting to be confortable and consciencious, even if for some the coal/anth is not expensive.

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 9:41 am

Sting wrote:Magic black rock is inexpensive for many --

but if your not taking steps regarding conservation - well you will have consumption

then ask yourself -- if I burn more of something that costs less -- where is the break even point????

what would happen if I took all this effort and infrastructure and made the dwelling more efficient???

but most will take the path of least resistance
When I moved into my house, heating oil was about 75 cents a gallon.

Conservation comes about because of price inputs or scarcity. Switching to coal was a cost consideration, but it's also made me (and from reading the forums here, many others) more aware of things I can do to reduce my energy consumption, regardless of the cost of the fuel.

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 9:44 am

My house is only 15 years old, I built it myself and did the insulation as well. It was done well but the new building materials out today are so much better. I would love to build a new place with some of the new technology but the wife won't budge!! I would still rather waste a little coal then be a little more efficient and have to lean on oil!!!

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 5:37 pm

I'm noticing the same thing.

Filled with a 5 gal bucket at around 930, came back at 430 and it's next to nothing!!!

Usually I'd top off with another bucket. I'll need at least 2 to get me back up to speed!!

I know now to check every 4hrs when it's single digits!

Stay warm my friends!!

J

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 6:00 pm

wilder11354 wrote:thought I had enough for this winter till end of march...BUT these unusually cold spells are dwidling down the bin fast
Mine too. My consumption almost doubled! Burning "almost" a full bag a day! (50lbs). But I do like 70* inside when it's single digits outside.

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 6:50 pm

Yep tightening up the house is spmething I need to do. biggest issue is no cellar, house sits on piers, skirted, but still can do a lot more to cut heat loss from underneath and will during the summer. tired of heat loss that can be goiing into house itself.
Sting wrote:Magic black rock is inexpensive for many --

but if your not taking steps regarding conservation - well you will have consumption

then ask yourself -- if I burn more of something that costs less -- where is the break even point????

what would happen if I took all this effort and infrastructure and made the dwelling more efficient???

but most will take the path of least resistance

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Post Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 8:05 pm

Anthracite Ed wrote:Better line up this week
Ifeel like a lines gonna form at the local breakers this week
Bring it on, the cold weather that is ;)
You might be right.
I just got off the phone, ordered 3 tons of bagged rice.
Will be here in 11 days ;-)
This cold snap is supposed to go on at least another 10 days,
if not longer! :down:

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Post Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 1:49 pm

Wife complained first thing this morning that it was cold in the house. It was 70 instead of the 72-74 range. Hate to think what might be said if we had to go back to oil and keep the house at oil temperatures. With the cold temps here in the North East another trip to Henry's to pick up another load may be coming.

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Post Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 5:03 pm

i refuse to be cold soooo break out the wallet and git more coal...

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