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  1. I'm long winded. I'd rather say too much than too little.. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the more important things I'll emphasize in bold Nothing can replace learning how to manage a coal fire in person from someone of experience. That said some folks may not have that opportunity. When I started using coal in my forge I wasted a lot of time, energy and fuel. I've learned things from trial and error, but even more from places like this. Proper fire management is one of the most basic skills anyone wanting to learn blacksmithing should know. I’ve had to teach myself most of thes
  2. Hello! So I am currently talking to some people about this in my other topic, but I figured it might be nice to just have a subject about it for beginners like me. I am curious about how much air certain fuels need. I am using coal, but answers for coke and charcoal would be great to for others. For me, I don't believe I am getting enough air to my fire. I don't have any obstructions, maybe some clinker, but not enough to stop my fire from getting hot enough. I am using either a small Chinese hand crank blower or a small squirrel cage blower. The fire would get hot, but it was
  3. Hello everyone out there. I am from Indian River Michigan. I have been reading a bunch of the post, and trying to figure everything out. Maybe I just have not found the right post yet to answer my question. Or I am just so new idk what I am talking about yet. I am trying to figure out the difference between the hard fuels used in a forge. I am looking at building a variation of a JABOD forge and trying to go cheap as possible, but trying to figure out fuel now. I think I know two of them. Charcoal: made from burning/drying out wood? Coal: is dug up from the earth
  4. Hey I've been using coke as fuel for quite some time now. The problem is that the sizes range from 40 to 80 mm, which obviously is too large. I might be able to forge, but reducing the size would dramatically help. I've tried knocking them one by one on the anvil with my hammer but that's just inefficient, tedious and dirty. Sorting out the extremely big ones isn't either very effective. Is there an effective way of splitting large amounts coke into smaller pieces? I have a large amount of this coke which I would like to make use of instead of buying new sacks.
  5. Hello, I am starting to blacksmith. I currently have a hole in the ground that I want to do a side-blast coke forge with. I need coke though. I don't know where I can get some locally here in Utah. I saw that there is a place down in Spanish Fork. Christensen Brothers. They are a little far from me as I live in Tooele. I was wondering if any of you have found suppliers in Salt Lake City or thereabouts. Any help would be much appreciated.
  6. I am looking for metallurgical coke in the New England area. Some googling hasn't turned up much, and I am also not aware of any large smelting or steel refining in this area that I could try to contact. Short of driving to PA or OH, has anyone ever run across coke in this corner of the country? I am looking for coke to try as an alternative to soft coal, which is also somewhat difficult to get. My rationale is that coke will produce less startup smoke and fume, and so would make this hobby easier on those within nose range of the forge, particularly on startup. Yes, I do start the forge
  7. Looking for somewhere I can get coal without the hassle of buying bags or shipping. Anyone have any leads? Thanks!
  8. Hi All, I've just started out, and the supply of fuel that came with my forge is very close to running out.... Any Smiths in South Central/South East England that have a good supplier?? I can't seem to find anything!!! Sorry if this has been asked before!! James.
  9. I have a coke forge in my shop and I am trying to find the best way to vent it and where to buy supplies here in Texas.
  10. This is my brake drum forge. I made for around $50. I start it by a little bit of charcoal and then once the charcoal is hot enough I will add the coke. I removed the black rubber pipe where the forge blower is. (which is an air matress inflater, thats temporary) I know it isn't the best forge. But it's all I could do.
  11. anyone know of a supplier of coke near huntingdon, I know one 25 miles away in my direction but was wondering if there were any closer as in september next year I have an event there that will need some
  12. I have a bit of an issue with some large nut coke...I've used small nut before and it's worked great! Burns hot and everything, but now I'm almost out, but large nut (averaging 3 to 5cm) isn't getting hot enough, I made a roaring fire with wood today, slowly placed the coke in the fire, the coke heated up, and got REALLY hot... But only on the sides..The centre wasn't even burning even after alot of poking and prodding and shaping so I started to get quite frustrated...I was wondering if I could request help with this problem. I have a small...I dunno what you'd call it..I guess a small old '
  13. I hope this is posted in the correct category. Anyone know how to go about crushing coke or coal to a smaller size? I have got some that needs to be smaller to work better with my forge and the way I smith.
  14. Hello all, I live near Los Angeles, CA, and I was wondering if there's a good supplier of bituminous coal, ideally within a few hours drive, but I'd have it shipped if need be. And if you don't know, is there some directory or list I could find suppliers in?
  15. Hi there. Some people have tried asking about coal in southern alberta. I know this because I have come across threads while searching for myself. You will need to get in contact with Amy at the stampede grounds agricultural centre. $20 a bag but there are some limitations as to how much or little one can procure at one time. Anyways. This is what I have found. Amy Osborn Agriculture Programming Coordinator Calgary Stampede T 403.261.9159 F 403.262.3067 [email protected]
  16. After some failed attempts at trying my hand at Google-fu I've come up with nothing so I'll just ask, sorry if it's a repost.. :lol: Just picked up my first portable forge with a champion blower tonight after playing around with my old brake drum setup and I'd like to try my hand at using coal as a fuel. I've been using Cowboy charcoal along with my own when I get the wood to make it and while searching I noticed that they sell both bags of coal and bags of coke. Knowing that coke is the bi-product of burning the impurities out of coal, is there any advantage to buying straight coke vs buyin
  17. Hey guys, now I finally installed the smoke flue I ordered. It is not yet 100% finished, cause it needs to be stabilized, the hole in the roof has to be made tight and the flue needs a roof. But it already does its job great! Thank you again for your good advise! Here are a few pics of the installation: If you want to built a similar installation and need some advise feel free to ask! - Daniel
  18. Hey Folks, today I got two bags from a company called "PPS Stade" located in the near of Hamburg Germany. One bag bituminous coal from Sweden and one bag blacksmith coke. Of course I inspected the coal and the coke by taking one glass of each and look through it. The coal is very clean and has no "stuff" in it. But the one glass of coke contained three stones, one white one (I think quartz) with black dots and one looking like flint stone and one that looks kind of like basalt. Of course the stones originally appeared black from the dust but I felt that they are different from the coke and w
  19. Does anyone know of a coal or coke source in West Texas specifically Lubbock? I have looked high and low, checked the yellow pages, talked to the local farriers and farm supply stores and can not find anything. I am beginning to think I will either have to use charcoal, corn, or have it shipped in.
  20. I'm looking at building a forge for a combination of general purpose work and for tempering long items such as swords. I've decided on using an electric blower for the air supply, and already know to use radial/centrifugal type blowers. I've done a bit of searching and have come across information stating to use a blower with a flow rate of about 150-400 cfm, and suitable for anywhere from 1.5 to 6 inches of static pressure. My first question is: Is this information accurate? To design the forge for general purpose work, would it be easiest to design a forge with long firepot with multiple
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