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Old 11-15-2016, 12:57 PM
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...who'd of thought? From Virginia
There's some good metallurgical coal in the Pocahontas field in far southwest VA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas_Coalfield

We apparently had/have some good coal right here around Richmond, though it hasn't been mined since the 1920's. A lot of natural coke was mined, as was bituminous. Pocahontas pretty much put the Richmond area mines out of business. There's an estimate that says there may be about 2 billion tons of coal remaining here, with about 700 to 1400 billion cubic feet of methane.

https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/commercedocs/PUB_85.pdf

A lot of coal gets shipped through Richmond to the port in Norfolk. Not sure where that coal comes from.
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Anyone have a clue as to whether this coal would be good for a forge?
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Nice, but what are the needle nose pliers doing in the fire?

I wouldn't go any wider or deeper with the fire pot.. I would however make the deck of the forge wider.. Lots of people are using s 3ftx3ft forg deck and like them..

I'm a storage hound so I like my decks about 4ft X 5ft.. Plenty of room then, but no reason for most to have a deck that big..
I had welded the handles from another needlenose so that I can use it as a forging plier. I put it in the fire so that I could straighten the handle out a little. but I had to stop because I had lost track of time, and had to go to work.
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Milo, I had to laugh that one of the posters mentioned his dismay at finding the coal wet in the bag.

Personally, mine is soaking in water before I add to the forge.

FWIW, the price per bag is quite more per pound over what I pay per 100lbs bulk, my buying a thousand at a time as I do selling to some friends locally.
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Anyone have a clue as to whether this coal would be good for a forge?
Only good if you design a "hard coal" forge.. Anthracite is hard coal.. Burns like coke needing a constant air supply..
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Milo, I had to laugh that one of the posters mentioned his dismay at finding the coal wet in the bag.

Personally, mine is soaking in water before I add to the forge.

FWIW, the price per bag is quite more per pound over what I pay per 100lbs bulk, my buying a thousand at a time as I do selling to some friends locally.
last ton I bought from Aubuchon hardware was 582.00.

Its worked very well.. Maybe the best coal I have used in years.. Really maybe 30 years.. The stuff that was used at the NEB event was ok.. Not great..
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last ton I bought from Aubuchon hardware was 582.00.

Its worked very well.. Maybe the best coal I have used in years.. Really maybe 30 years.. The stuff that was used at the NEB event was ok.. Not great..
This coal would be $300 a ton. Sounds like more than Jef pays, but still cheaper than you pay. Mostly we only have the sub bituminous coal locally here. So many choices!!! Guess I will have to pick the coal then build the forge to match the fuel.
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This coal would be $300 a ton. Sounds like more than Jef pays, but still cheaper than you pay. Mostly we only have the sub bituminous coal locally here. So many choices!!! Guess I will have to pick the coal then build the forge to match the fuel.
Yes or have it shipped in.. Sometimes if you join the local Blacksmith group once a year or so they do a group buy..

You might want to contact ABANA and see if they have a local chapter in the area..

I know you guys out that way laugh at 3hr drives to the store so if you find a group closer you might get lucky..

soft coal burns a lot like charcoal and was one of the main reasons, well that and there was starting to be a shortage of charcoal..

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