Anthracite or Bituminous

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Anthracite or Bituminous

PostBy: musclemight On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:44 pm

Hey all, I wanted to ask which coal you would recommend for using in a coal forge for metal projects and blacksmithing. I know that anthracite is a very high carbon coal grade, but i hear it is hard to light/keep lit. And bituminous is a softer coal and easier to light, but it has a lower carbon content than anthracite. I am curious which coal I should invest my money in. Because I have found sites that sell both kinds so if anyone can tell me which I am better off with I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
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Re: Anthracite or Bituminous

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:58 pm

Can't speak from experience but I had one customer that did that as a hobby, the topic came up because he wanted to know if I had soft coal available. According to him the anthracite which he used in his house just didn't work that well. If you're in the northeast you should be able to find some bagged anthracite so you don't have to invest a lot
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Re: Anthracite or Bituminous

PostBy: Berlin On: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:07 am

you should buy a coking bituminous coal such as pocohontas sewell etc. or any bituminous that you have available. most coal east of the mississippi is not completely freeburning and thus will all coke somewhat- which is what you want as a blacksmith. anthracite doesn't work as well because it needs more coal around it ignited to continue combustion, it doesn't like to smoulder and idle w/out much underfire air and it's slower to bring up to working temp in a forge because unlike bituminous coal/coke, the carbon is much more dense w/ anthracite. having said all that some people do use it, but most prefer a coking bituminous coal. btw, don't buy into the blacksmith's "old wife's tale" that sulfur is somehow evil in blacksmithing coal- it's not. that myth got started for two reasons one- when making iron or steel from iron ore you don't want too much sulfur in the coal because it imparts sulfur to the metal that making it weak and brittle (this ONLY happens when iron ore is being reduced in a BLAST FURNACE, if your working metal in your forge at those temps, well, you won't have a forge left) the second reason for the sulfur myth is that people believe more sulfur means more clinker- which is sometimes true, but only if the sulfur is pyritic in nature not organic. what i'm trying to let you know is that if you find a coal that's reasonably priced and works well for you, don't worry at all if the sulfur content is rather high it won't affect anything you are doing.
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Re: Anthracite or Bituminous

PostBy: coal berner On: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:37 am

Here is some info for you and were to buy Blacksmith / Bituminous coal


http://www.appaltree.net/aba/coal.htm
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.


http://www.penncoal.com/
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Re: Anthracite or Bituminous

PostBy: sharkman8810 On: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:14 pm

Wertz's coal yard in mechanicsburg, pa sells "blacksmith" coal. I dont know what it is, but he advertises that he has it. the number is 717-766-9592.
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Re: Anthracite or Bituminous

PostBy: musclemight On: Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:17 pm

Ok, thanks for all of the replies. I am going for bituminous coal then.
musclemight
 

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