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Sources of Charcoal in/near New England


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Hello everyone,

My name is Addison de Lisle. I have a (very) small blacksmithing studio, and looking to get another forge. I have a three burner propane forge already, but I would like to work in a more open forge that would accommodate less linear work. I have been talking with a local metalworking school (New England School of Metalwork), and they have offered to sell me a charcoal forge or a coal forge, depending on my preference (the charcoal forge is a side draft with a shallower firepot). I would very much prefer to work with charcoal, but I am having some difficulty finding a source for lump charcoal. I thought it wouldn't be to difficult given the lumber and paper industry in Maine, but I haven't had much luck finding it available in 40lb bags or more. I have looked into making charcoal myself, and it sounds interesting and fun, but at this point I would rather spend my time forging than collecting wood. Does anyone know of a lump charcoal supplier that will sell in 40lb bags or more (preferably near New England)?

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I'm not sure about new england but I know my walmart sells 20 lb bags of hardwood lump charcoal for about 5 bucks in the barbecue section year round.

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A word of caution about the cheap charcoal for barbequing, don't get a mix with mesquite in it. When you heat it up it make a million sparks that fly all over the shop (they seem to prefer exposed flesh, hair, and anything flammable) and make forging less than fun.

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A word of caution about the cheap charcoal for barbequing, don't get a mix with mesquite in it. When you heat it up it make a million sparks that fly all over the shop (they seem to prefer exposed flesh, hair, and anything flammable) and make forging less than fun.

 

Amen to that!

I once bought a cord of mesquite for a wood stove. Every time I opened to add wood it was like the 4th of July.

Plus, I was hungry all the time from the smell.:D Mesquite grilled meat is very tasty.

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A word of caution about the cheap charcoal for barbequing, don't get a mix with mesquite in it. When you heat it up it make a million sparks that fly all over the shop (they seem to prefer exposed flesh, hair, and anything flammable) and make forging less than fun.

 

Ben

Mesquite does do that...but once the volatiles are driven off it settles down....People were asked to bring charcoal to recent bloomery demo I do here locally...the store ran out of cowboy and we ended up using Mesquite at the end. I was surprised it worked as well as it did.

 

Jan

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