coal or charcoal....
Posted 05 July 2008 - 09:44 AM
Does coal burn slower and last longer than charcoal?
because i will have to sped $129 for 3 50 pound bags of coal because they have a limit of $100 at the place... the cost per bag is $41.99....
as for charcoal i buy it in 18 pound bags for $14....
so i can get 198 pounds of charcoal for the same price as 150 pounds of coal!
this ones all up to you folks so you decide....
Posted 05 July 2008 - 10:26 AM
The size of the fire is also usually different with coal and charcoal. Of course you can make the fire any size you want, but I believe it's easier to use coal to heat a small part of your piece so that you can work like 4" with back up heat on either side. When using charcoal, it's easy to heat a long length, like a whole bowie knife (or half) or something.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 11:05 AM
Forge it thick and grind it thin.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 11:55 AM
Posted 05 July 2008 - 01:56 PM
Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:19 PM
Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:29 PM
You will burn more charcoal to do the same project that you would with coal, meaning that to do the same job is costing you more.
The amount that you are paying for coal seems alot to me. Something you might think about is join a local blacksmith guild if you have one in your area. The guild I'm with buys a bulk load (this year was 26 ton) and we sell it to our members at $7 a 50lb bag.
Here is some guilds in your area. I don't know how close you are to them.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
KOOTENAY BLACKSMITH'S ASSOCIATION
Pres: Chris Waters
Chinook Country Forge
Site 113, Box 12, RR 3
CANADA T0M 1X0
Ed: Jesse Ellingson
CANADA V1L 5R4
VANCOUVER ISLAND BLACKSMITH'S ASSOCIATION
1040 Marwood Avenue
Pres: Charlie Dowdeswell
#53-2911 Sooke Lake Rd.
CANADA V8B 4R5
Ed: Dennis Gillett
1212 Garden Gate Drive
Brentwood Bay, BC
CANADA V8M 2H6
Vancouver Island Blacksmith's Association (VIBA)
Posted 05 July 2008 - 08:00 PM
Posted 05 July 2008 - 08:12 PM
I use coal for 3 reasons. 1 I can make it myself so cost is time invested, 2 my current set up won't adequetly vent the coal smoke without a fan and 3 goo coal can be a real bear to find 'round these parts.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 11:18 PM
and i think that i will try coal as soon as i get back from calafornia on the
19th of july...
thats where i am now.
thanks and i will keep in touch!
Posted 06 July 2008 - 01:13 AM
Posted 06 July 2008 - 03:46 PM
As for historicity, the switch from charcoal to cole took place in the high middle ages according to Gies and Gies in "Cathedral Forge and Waterwheel" though charcoal continued and continues to be used through today due to ease of use and availability, (try to mine coal on a coral island--but you can make coconut husk charcoal.)
As for heat, in a properly built and blown charcoal forge you can easily reach welding heat, traditionally made japanese swords are welded up using softwood charcoal to this day; or even melt steel as the wootz makers did 1000 years ago. Now if you use charcoal in a forged optimized for coal, or vice versa you may get the feeling that the fuel in the wrong forge is "weaker".
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