As far as i know, most of the local coal drivers are getting their coal from Hudson, that includes Agel. Unless they tell you otherwise, they go to the closest breaker, if you want deep mined, you are going to pay more per ton because it is a lot longer drive for the driver. So you can't blame them. Chances are Hudson has gotten lots of coal this year from Superior, whom no longer deep mines, only strip mines. Call Agel and ask, they should tell you what breaker they were dealing with. A lot of us this year are having lots of ash, i see no problem as i dump it on the driveway. Klinkers in a boiler should be no problem. I would tell the thread starter to drive down to Agel and see the coal first hand before he buys it.