Don A wrote:Hello gentlemen.
I was searching around for a local, or semi-local, source for bituminus blacksmithing coal, and I cam across a link to your forum.
I am now convinced that there is an internet forum for everything
I am in East Tennesee and work at blacksmithing as a hobby (not my day job).
I'm nearly out of coal and would be interested in finding a source near here where I could by a half-a-ton or so.
The stuff I usually get is great coal, but I can't help but to think I could get it cheaper in bulk than "by the bag".
It seems that most smiths prefer coal from the Pocahatas seam, but I'm not sure how important that is.
The coal I normally use is described like this:
"Metalurgical grade bituminus blacksmith coal -15,500 BTUs - cokes dry - low clinker - low ash - low sulfur."
Any good leads on where I might find a load? I'm near Knoxville, by the way.
Thanks in advance,
RMA wrote:I can't imagine how the two very different types of coal can be dubbed "Blacksmith's" coal
Hi Don, You can find some good Quality bit. coal near the Bristol area. You can also go north into Va. around the Lebanon area there is mining all over that area.Don A wrote:Thank you for the input.
I've figured out that if I could borrow a good sized truck and make a run for WV, I would be in business.
I have forged with anthracite, but it won't "coke up" like bituminous.
When we need particularly high heat, as in forge welding, we often let the green coal "coke up" to form what looks like an igloo.
The top coal/coke acts as its own insulator and gives you an oven effect.
When you push it hard, the core will burn white... hot enough to burn your steel if you're not careful.
And yes, sulfur, ash, and clinker are the blacksmith's enemies. The less, the better.
Thanks again for the help.