I picked up some bags from the tru-value. 6.50 a bag. It's red ash, hard as all get out. Really solid and shiney. None of the fracture filled lumps like other coals I've gotten. Just solid lumps. It's red ash... Kinda orange really. Burns good and hot. Low ash content... Much less than my bulk purchased Reading coal. Nut size. Not any real variation in size. All of it is bigger than an actual walnut. Some pieces are large. To 3" in one direction. Fines are covering each lump tho. But it's not like a pile in the bag. The bag is mesh so it's not real wet like some of the bagged coal I've gotten. The coal may also be coated with something.... OIl? Because it takes a good amount of scrubbing to remove the grime from your hands.
All in all I'd like to get 4 ton for next year even tho it's much more expensive than what I can get bulk for.