|Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 1:21 pm: |
whats better? coal or charcoal? ive heard that you can get charcoal almost as hot as coal, with less poisonous stuff.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 12:49 pm: |
speaking from expieriance it really depends on what your forging for knives id say charcoal for general purrposes coal. They can be used in the same forge but to get the full potential from charcoal id say getting your self a special forge like this
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|Jordan Bloodworth (J_bloodworth)
Post Number: 6
|Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 5:58 pm: |
You'll get a lot less scale from charcoal. Nasty ol scale. Sneaky too. If it builds up a little on yer anvil face, you'll turn over your work only to find some wonderful little decorative pits all over the place.
It's hard to get charcoal as hot, imo, and it burns up much more quickly, as well as produces large quantities of ash. Be sure not to get it too wet, or it'll pop and shatter with surprising force.
Coal is harder to find, stinks, harder to light, produces clinker, but damn can it get hot, and sticks to itself nicely, too.
|Pat Roy (Big_rock_forge)|
Post Number: 53
|Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 8:50 pm: |
In my area coal isn't hard to find. I don't know of any charcoal except for grilling. I don't have any trouble lighting coal, it does smoke on start up. Good coal=less clinker.
Make of habit of brushing the scale off your anvil very frequently. That's something I learned from experience.
|Ken Scharabok (Ken_scharabok)
Post Number: 373
|Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 7:41 am: |
From what I've read charcoal was fairly widely used by smiths during the early settlement of America. Worked nicely in that pioneers were clearning land, they made the suitable wood into charcoal and then the charcoal was bartered to the smith for his services.
I've only used charcoal from one large bag. Nice to work with but the bag sure didn't last long.
If you live within a reasonable driving distance of Louisville, the Elkhorn and Cumberland Coal Company is said to have excellent smithing coal and coke. By the bag, pickup load or they can work with a local hauler for a truckload.