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I have access to about a ton or more of coal that has been outside for maybe 30 years. I have managed to get it to burn, but have not put in the forge to try. The pile has much slack form all the years of exposure. I want to know if its worth the effort to bring it home the guy would be happy to get rid of it, and its free so the price is right

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Seeing as it is millions of years old, 30 years topside won't hurt it. If it works in the forge, get it. Only way to know is to try some, and see if you like it.

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If its not so close try getting a bucket full and giving it a try to see if its good coal. Then again, if its close, just bring it all home at that priced.

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I will try it out this weekend let you guys know how it works. I have brung home about two barrels full does not look like I made much of a dent in the pile maybe more like three ton covers area approx. 10 x 12 feet and 2 inches to at lest 12 inches in depth. If this coal works I will really need to get going on my new forge which is bigger. Just have small forge like used for rivits or horse shoeing.

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I agree with every one else. It is anywhere between 359 and 299 million years old. It is funny that you got it for free, because I just stumbled an entire basement full ( two ton actually) that has been sitting since 1956 when John's mom went from coal to natural gas. Burn it and be happy :~)

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