kirk wrote: ....it seems no mater when I buy my coal, it is soaking wet. I don't know about the larger sizes of coal but rice coal packs so tightly together that it never really dries out. I am getting to the bottom of my supply in the coal bin and the coal is still wet there. It burns fine but it can cause corrosion in the coal hopper. Does everyone else using rice coal find the same to be true?
The rice rarely dries out, about the only time you're going to get dry rice is in the summer if it hasn't rained for weeks and the delivery is coming from a stock pile. In this case I add water before I leave the breaker. You don't want to get a delivery of dry coal to your house, trust me. Customers have requested it in the past, once and only once.
The nut can dry out, even from being soaking wet just slightly damp on a long delivery in the summer.
Additionally many manufacturers will reccommend that the coal be damp, apparently it's supposed to burn better. Whether that's the case or not I do not know.