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This may be a stupid question but my buddies land is littered with oil shale near an opening to a mine shaft. supposedly it was a coal mine but there sure is alot of shale around it. i was wondering since that stuff burns would it burn hot enough to forge with it?? 

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Interesting. 

Isn't that the flat grey layered rock I pick outbof my green coal and the forge because it won't burn? Not alot of it but some in every bag the size of your thumb nail.

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No.      Coal beds are often bounded/interleaved with shale beds and so "contaminate" a mechanically dug load---they used to employ children to pick it out of the coal as it went by in the mines.  Ah the good old days!

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I forget what that job was called.  My son did a report on it when they studied the U.N. children's rights declaration at school.  He found some old pictures of some very dirty 8-10 year olds sitting in front of a conveyor belt of passing coal picking out the rocks.

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