Re: seasonal coal traffic
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Our present house was built in 1905. It still has what appears to be a blocked off coal chute and the wood is noticeably darker around the chute on the inside. This leads me to think that it was originally heated with coal and that was the location of the coal bin.
As built it would have been by an outside rear corner of the house, right by the furnace and accessible by the driveway.
From: "Allan Smith smithal9@... [STMFC]"
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2015 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] seasonal coal traffic
Regarding home coal use. I remember my grandfathers house in St Paul MN he had a coal bin in the basement, next to the furnace, with outside access. He would order a truck load at one time usually september, the truck would back up to the shute and dump the whole load down the shute into the bin, It would last all winter. The truck had side boards so it could hold more coal, probably 8-10 cubic yards.
On Monday, September 21, 2015 10:36 AM, "Barry Bennett barrybennetttoo@... [STMFC]" wrote:
I would think that the high season for shipping household coal would be in summer. Households may USE the coal in the winter but BUYING the coal would more likely be an all year or summer event. Very few folk would be able to finance buying in their winter fuel in one hit, so would buy week by week/ month by month in small lots of maybe one or two sacks at a time through the year to build a stock for the winter months. Coal was probably cheaper in summer anyway, less demand, and waaaaaay easier to ship and deliver during the warmer seasons.
On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 5:19 PM, Charles Peck lnnrr152@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote: