Shouldn't this topic be beaten to death for a few thousand more posts...hundreds of new pages to sort through?
It is what it is, not for any particular reason, and each and every one has to learn to deal the cards you are given, and dry won't be an option. Damp coal is the way it will always come, bagged or bulk, but plastic bags are more prone to condensation in storage of coal. Woven bags, less likely, but stored under cover on a pallet and things will be much better.
Bulk always arrives damp, but back in February my last load didn't freeze out in the open, and I had it in the bin 6 hrs later. Bone dry coal will make your face pretty black very quickly, so I prefer damp anyway.
Lighten up, learn to accept the gift we are given.
I can assure you Blashak has spent millions to make their bagging operation as perfect as can be done. The Knife blowers and entire drying procedure before it ever comes near a bag can't be made any better at any price, so we have to understand further down the 'food chain', some acceptance is going to have to be incorporated.
I sometimes pick up coal from ripped bags, old bags, fork truck accidents, wherever, when a supply house wants to get rid of it....usually all frozen solid....outside, covered in ice, but easy to handle in that state. As unbelievable as it sounds, I have radiant heat in a well drained area of the shop, leave the bags over night, and presto: thawed coal, ready to burn for small money. Hose down the floor, done.
Think of it this way: You go to a lumber yard for a few bags of Sacrete, Lime, cement, mortar, ...anything with the tiniest tear will yield a hard spot in the bag...even with an internal plastic liner. Somehow, people need to get their minds to wrap around the concept that it is not a perfect world, and this is one of life's little idiosyncrasies.
I can assure you that if you choose not to put up with this small issue, not having any bagged coal available would be a MUCH larger issue!
Keep sticking a sharp pointer into the gorilla's cage, and sooner or later, something you won't like will happen.
Don't they have a little smilie for a 'too the point comment?
Without any offense intended, but my $.02:
I challenge ANYONE who complains, to take a trip to the Mahoney City Blashak Plant and request a tour. Without doing that you are NOT entitled to 'shoot blindly into the air.' Fair is fair!!
If wrong, you all know I would accept ALL responsibly for these comments and apologize to the entire forum.
You will definitely find out that will not be necessary. There had better be 'Missouri license plates' on all the non believer's cars and trucks...this is a no-brainer!!!! Wherever you live. Nuff Said!