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Free Bituminous Coal
June 30, 2015
7:12 am
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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.…..12298.html

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June 30, 2015
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Morgan A. Kirk
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  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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June 30, 2015
7:36 pm
Scott Rash
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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!

July 18, 2015
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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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