September 6, 2012
Someone sent us an email with a link to an ad on Craigslist Seattle. It is for 20 Tons of Free Bituminous Coal in Tacoma. Not knowing whether this is coal that can be used by blacksmiths, I decided to post it and let the real smiths decide.
December 27, 2014
For free? Something makes me doubt that. One would have to test it out in order to know whether it would be forge-worthy. And as good as coal is to have, I don’t have the room to store even a ton of coal.
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February 25, 2012
Bituminous coal is the good stuff for forging as it cokes up well. How good it is depends on the assay of chemicals; smithing coal should be very low in sulfur and ash.
But considering that anthracite and other types of coal/any old coal has been used successfully by blacksmiths, free sounds like a screaming deal!
May 28, 2015
I ended up getting a load of this coal. Filled my truck bed to the top. Weight was right at a ton. My brother in law says it works great. The guys were building a proof of concept for a Japanese company. They moved the coal and dried it at the same time. Very cool set up and the coal was bone dry after they soaked it with a fire hose. He said lots of blacksmiths had already picked up a lot of it before I got there. Awesome score.
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