What kind of scale are you using? I've not seen any shortages in anything shipped to me in 32 years. Make sure you can count on your measuring device, or check it against a calibrated know weight. It could be a hand bagged sample, because I don't think anyone wants the State on their butt for shortage complains. Did someone take a coffee can full for grits? Stranger things have happened!
well...if it's the sealed plastic bags like Blaschak or Reading your scale is wrong, too much liability for the savings. If it's dealer bagged coal you'll find some variations but chances are you got 52lbs in some and 48lbs in some other ones.
I concur! If it is dealer bagged, I'll bet it more than equals the full measure when measured by the ton. Not one person wants the Bureau of Weights and Measures pulling up to the shop door. Good luck, and hope this works itself out. Weigh it on a rainy day......
What kind of scale is it? Bathroom scales are notoriously inaccurate by as much as +/- 5 pounds. You need a beam scale that can be zeroed, preferably one that has been tested against a known weight or certified recently.
Hand bagged coal will defineatly vary bag to bag. I found that in a day and a night a bag of coal that doesnt seem too wet will lose 1 to 2 cups of water when stored in a warm dry place. That could account for a lb or so. Also a dealers scale is checked by weights an measures and it defineatly would not be in thier interest to intentionaly short you. Your home scale would not have to be off by much, and again, if bagged by hand and sold by the ton, you may have to weigh every bag and account for some water loss.