I bought four, 40 lb bags of Blaschak rice coal yesterday for $7.25 each. This is my first purchase of Blaschak coal. To get a better price at my local Blaschak dealer, I can buy it by the 50-bag ton ($345/ton, or $6.90/bag)! The place I bought this from stored the bags outside, uncovered.
When I stood one of the bags up, I noticed water leaking out of the bag. When I opened the bag, I was surprised how wet the coal was. I was thinking that the heavy duty plastic bag would keep moisture out! I opened all four bags, and found that they were all very wet. Based on these findings, I wondered if the coal was originally bagged this way. Reading these posts I've learned that wet coal in these plastic bags is common, that the bags do not keep water out, and that the coal is originally bagged dry.
I emptied one of the bags onto black plastic to sit out in the warm sun to dry. We've had nice, dry 82 deg F weather in Wilmington, DE today. After drying in the sun all day, the coal looked and felt dry, I rebagged the coal and weighed it. It weighed 37.2 lbs. I did not loose any coal in the process. I have not weighed the other three bags that I've opened.