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Can you email or call the company about this and get a free bag? If you even want it.
I understand the occassional piece of rock, but a railroad spike is ridiculous.
If it doesn't look like the nail has been used, then it probably didn't come out of an old railroad tie.
Not sure how the process works, but it seems to me that metal scraps could easily be taken out with a large magnet.
I envision at some point the wood riding down a conveyor belt where the could be a large magnet that picks out unwanted metal pieces.
So you paid $6-8 for 1.8 pounds of steel and 7 pounds of coal.
Here's a recent RO find for me:
1 lbs, 14 oz of metal. Fortunately, I wasn't dumping my lump on this cook and pulled this out of the bag by hand. I'm wondering if maybe mine was part of a scoop for the lump but I have no idea how they "harvest" the lump.
Other than the occasional rock, RO has been good for me and I'm hoping to avoid more finds like this. I haven't written the company yet but have been meaning to.