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    Does anyone use a coal forge?

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    My little brother does black smith work, he's up in the UP of Michigan, he has a complete shop he dug up out in the woods at an old lumber camp. He found it with a metal detector.

    When do you need to know, I can see if he can help.

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    • #3
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      I was just wondering what fuel he is using, I heard that all coal does not work well.

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      • #4
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        He uses coke, I remember that much from when he gave me tour of his shop when I came back from Germany in 1992.

        He uses both a manual and electric bellows depending on what he's doing. The coke does a good job, he had a 3x3x12 inch piece of steel white hot in 10-20 minutes. He bent it for me for my receiver hitch.

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        • #5
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          Do you think Pepsi would work as well? :

          Just joking, I would think that Coke would be easier to obtain in the UP. Where I live it is a bit difficult to produce in sizeable quantities. (Something about the smoke)

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          • #6
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            Rick, Those I know that have them in SEK uses coke. One has started wearing a respierator due to the Fumes. I guess if you blacksmith much the fumes would be harmfull. Enjoy watching. Had a couple of cooking items forged from one for camping. Still have the tripod for holding dutch ovens. Guess I should donate it to the Scouts.
            Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

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            • #7
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              Dave here's a suppliers list I found on google. None have websites, just phone numbers and addresses

              http://www.artmetal.com/project/TOC/COALCOKE.HTM

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              • #8
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                Get hold of Capt Bandaid...he is a blacksmith ....if I understand it right, coke is nothing more than pre-burned coal.... ???

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                • #9
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                  Worked in a blacksmith shop for a winter while in high school. Never got past the sweeping the floor and sharpening plow shares stage before I decided there had to be an easier way to make a living. Anyway the boss man had a coal forge and used small chunks of 'hard' (I think the proper name is anthracite sp?) coal, about ping pong ball size or smaller as I recall. He bought it in 50 lb sacks. Have no idea where.

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                  • #10
                    ForgingRe: Forging

                    Forging: Rick, why not use a gas fired forge? I have a commercially made one but you can build one for under $50. They run on 20Lb propane bottles like your BBQ uses. Mine is a single burner and a 20 lb bottle lasts about 20 hours. No smoke, no fumes. They do not get quite as hot as a coal forge and forge welding can be difficult in a gas forge. However, that is why I have my little Lincoln AC225. For forge plans, go to www.anvilfire.com or www.dfoggknives.com. If you have questions, email me at quenchcrack at hotmail dot com.

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                    • #11
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                      What would happen if you were to add an air jet hooked up to you compressor, wouldn't that increase the tempurature quite a bit?

                      I haven't got a clue, I don't do any smitty work, but I have done some gas welding/cutting and the oxygen sure makes a big difference!

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                        • #13
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                          Randy, like you I really have no idea but isn't that what the bellows for, adding air to the fire?

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                          • #14
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                            Yes, but I don't think the gas forges use a bellows - I could be wrong. Just thinking that if a good breeze makes a coal fire hotter, a super charged constant blast may make it hotter yet.

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                            • #15
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                              Rick - What the heck are you carving? Totem poles? A Hobo Totem...

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