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I live in an area where bituminous coal is around $60 for a 50 pound bag so that is not an option. Would it be better to use anthracite or charcoal? Anthracite is like $6 a 40 pound bad which would be cheaper? Thanks.

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Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!!

There are lots of posts in this section about the comparative advantages and disadvantages of different fuels. Anthracite isn't the best option, but this page discusses how it can be done.

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Well depending where in the world you are located, charcoal can be made for free or very low cost if you can source the wood to make it. 

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Do I need a 16 passenger van or a dump truck or a commuter car or a 4WD?  Kinda hard to answer questions like that with no information on what for and how much you need to use it. Kind of annoying to be asked questions that do not have enough information to be answered well.

So the basic easy answer that many of us have gone with is: Use Propane!

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5 hours ago, Ben Lear said:

Would it be better to use anthracite or charcoal?

That would depend upon your forge and air supply. Not knowing that it's hard to advise you. Also your location figures into the equation, hence the suggestion to edit your profile to show location.

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I have used charcoal exclusively for many years, and I have never paid a red cent for it. Just some time and effort to go and collect it. That may not apply to you, as we don't know where you are. But if cost is your primary concern, go with the cheaper charcoal - it works fine.

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