If you doubt what you have recieved, or simply do not trust your weighmaster, merchant, or weight ticket--this method of securing fuel is simply not for you. I have sold coal all my life, have one of the very last coalyards--the era has ended--I could look at a load of coal, and guestimate the accuracy of my scales--seldom missing by more that 30# per ton. My scales never lied. The industry standard WAS tipping the scale at a 2000# ton (yes you might get 2010#), truck scales were generally graduated at 20# increments, antique wagon scales (of which I still have one in service), had 10 # increments on the net beam. As far as water--the industry standard was to 'wet' the coal, after scaling, to provide not only dust control, but also lubrication to assist your delivery. Funny thing, we have over 90 years retailing coal, and never lost a customer because they felt cheated. I did have a customer who told me he weighed his coal as he used it, on a bathroom scale, and missed his 2000# mark by 18#--he was satisfied because he realized there was a margin of error. Our community had 23 coalyards at one time, over 50 in the county. I am the last one in this part of the state. Face it--this is an era--very colorful--but gone by. Remember the cliche--figures don't lie but liars figure. This probably also applies to weightmasters. You will also 'get what you pay for'. I was often amazed how one of the 'trucker coalmen' could sell some Pittsburgh #8 for 'Premium Kentucky' and get away with it.