I sure do understand everyone's desire to have a dry medium to deal with, but dust would be an issue if completely dry, and handling would be more difficult. Many users open a few bags and pour them into a container or a few 5 gallon buckets, so it can dry before use. I have burned many brands bagged, and each will retain moisture, and freeze when the temps drop. Protect your supply in a storage shed or container, and then enjoy the benefits of coal. Wet or frozen wood is no fun to burn, how would you like to have wet pellets? Their bags are 100% sealed with no air holes, however through the magic of 'handling', even a waterproof bag can let water in. The lesson here is to outsmart the problem and anticipate the solutions.
If you are smart enough to learn to burn coal, then you are welcome to enjoy it's benefits. It has a learning curve, and after 38 years of burning, I know a little about it, but not enough. Still another lifetime to learn more.
Had you been to the latest Meet and Greet and met the DiRenzo family, I'll just bet you would have had MANY questions answered. They do not sell bagged, probably because there is sooooo much complaining about 'wet coal'.
You have been buying great coal and you can outsmart the dampness issue. You will be able to smile as others will address the same issue you have and know that you understand and have mastered whatever situation that faces you.
Welcome to the wonderful world of coal, and as I always say: Thank you to all the fine folks who mine it/dig it/process it/ and make it available at a very reasonable price. At 300 a ton bagged you would be looking at $1.50 heating oil, propane at $.99, NG at .1C/cubic ft...wood pellets at $175/ton. DRY cord wood at 250/ton....
Today oil is 3.89 here....that would allow you to burn coal costing about $700/ton. 'Ebenezer Scrooge' wasn't that cheap.
Perhaps someone will post a thread for the 'Cheapest Cal Burner Alive'.......and you could......
My view is that there is plenty of effort saved burning coal, AND a equivalent cost savings of at least 50%. Wouldn't it be nice to live close to the source and buy for between 150 and 190/ton. That would be less than $.98 a gallon oil.
It seems to me that it is similar to the bumper sticker that says: "Don't Criticize A Farmer With Your Mouth Full".
I am happy to have coal as a fuel available to me, and I'm 500 miles north of Hazelton. I only get to visit a couple of times a year, but every time I go there, I meet new friends and renew old friendships. All I'm saying is to be polite and share in the bounty they provide, and remember to say 'Thank You', after you cut your heating bill in half, while your comfort level improves dramatically.