I assume you are buying bagged this year, so content is important. The Meet & Greet guys will probably be at DiRenzo coal in a couple hours, and if you could have been there you would see how the raw material is transformed into a gleaming, well sized finish product. It takes great care to remove every possible 'over and undersize' pieces and the same for debris that may or may not come in the raw material. Kimmels is available almost everywhere, so I am not making any recommendations since it has been well analyzed here on the forum. I have some on hand, and have found it to be just fine. Blashak has been even better, but stokers aren't too fussy....actually MANY owners are way to fussy too! Up here we don't have the luxury of going to 15 different breakers/washeries/yards. We get what is available, and like it!!
I have no complains with Blashak, Kimmels or Reading; the companies we have available to us, and unless you want to bag bulk yourself, we can't get UAE, DiRenzo, Casey Kassa, Superior, Lenig's, Hudson.....and many I forget to mention (sorry),
I was in NEPA this past week, and saw on my way home Kimmels on TT's headed north and east, and Reading too. I saw more Blashak being trucked also, so from the limited perspective of my driving time, there is bagged of all brands moving right now.
Oh, forgot to mention, I don't think anyone but Reading sells Buck in bags. I sell it , but bag my own. I burn buck in AHS& AA's, EFM, Keystokers, even a Yellow Flame. Matt suggests buck in the LL 120K boiler as well. It is not a 'one size fits all'
kind of thing, but like in life, it what it is. If you have to follow the yellow brick road straight to the edge of the cliff, I sure hope you don't take that extra step, just because someone wrote it in a manual. PLEASE don't start a 60 page 2000 entry posting marathon. Nuff said!