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Stroyeror, the 100% natural charcoal should work fine.

The reason for not using charcoal 'briquets' is because they are designed for slow cooking of food and won't release their energy quick enough for most forging purposes.

Good luck on your first fire!

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To add to what Jayco said, the reason that the briquettes don't get hot enough is the binder that they use doesn't burn, so it steals some of the energy from the burning carbon. There are "natural" briquettes which are bound with starch that burn much hotter than tradition briquettes. That said, I stick with lump charcoal.


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