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Cant find Coal for forging in or around seattle-tacoma area

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by xm193, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    Does anybody know where you can buy coal for forging around seatac area?
     
  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Only one listed in WA:

    Central Fuel, 1945 S. Market Blvd., Chehalis, WA 98532. TEL: (360) 748-8808. Bring your own containers.
     
  3. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    thanks jbett buy its at least 50 miles one way to purchase 13.00 of coal
     
  4. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Blacksmiths have used charcoal from wood for centuries.
    Why the need for coal?
     
  5. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    making charcoal from wood is a rather involved process
     
  6. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    True, but you can buy it most any grocery store, or BiMart, or Lowes/HomeDepot.
    Just google "natural lump charcoal." It's not pressed briquets, it's actually chunks of wood charcoal.
    Our local Safeway, as well as Roth's carries it made from Mesquite, and Hickory too I believe.
     
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  7. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Its hard to get a Charcoal fire hot enough for welding. Coke works MUCH better and is cleaner.

    Take the drive and buy what you need unless you can talk them into pouring some in a flat rate box and mailing it LOL.
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You have to ask yourself, is this hobby worth all the trouble? I come up with all sorts of excuses when I pursue mine. Try running an ad on Craigslist or some other forum and see if you can share some of the expense. Who knows, there may be a market in your area.
     
  9. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    The hobby blacksmith in my old neighborhood used wood charcoal exclusively.
    He had a blower made from an old blow-dryer and made everything from froes and axe heads, to hinges, latches and tongs.
    He repaired a number of pieces of antique farm implements too, sometimes forge-welding stuff back together.

    It was fun to just watch him work, and he made it look so easy.
     
  10. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    thanks jamie that did the trick Photo0361.jpg

    Photo0361.jpg
     
  11. Gunwheeler

    Gunwheeler Somewhere in De Nile Active Member

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    Used to be a company in Tacoma called Star Fuel and Ice. I still see their trucks don't know if they still sell coal. In the Black Diamond area is Palmer Coking Coal company. Want to dig you own head for Selleck, Kanasket, Palmer, Bain, Cumberland, Wilkerson, Carbonado areas. Also their used to be a company listed in Seattle but in White Center. Roslyn, Cle Elum the stuff is all over in the Northwest.
     
  12. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    thanks gunwheeler was making a knife as gift to grandson ... i bought natural charcoal from target it got the temp up high enough to forge with.
     
  13. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! I see you do the blow dryer thing too.

    I hadn't thought of a knife from a railroad spike. Pretty cool.

    Do we get to see pics of the finished product? ;)
     
  14. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    when its done no problem
     
  15. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Lucky kid too.
    Good job Gramps :thumbup:

    Can't wait.
     
  16. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    You might try checking with some of the local SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) or Rendezvous re-enactors around that area. I know the SCA has quite a few smiths and if they don't know of a local source, then maybe you can buy some off of them or go in for a group purchase the next time someone needs to restock.


    elsie
     
  17. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    update on knife came out of forge only hammers and hand files started profiling Photo0364.jpg

    Photo0364.jpg
     
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  18. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    That is so cool! Good start, and a nice shape for all-around use, and should be good for skinning as well.

    Please keep us updated on your progress, this is something that would be really fun to try IMO.

    Skills like that are a key component to "prepping" too.
    I hope the SHTF folks are paying attention.
     
  19. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    My Grandfather was a blacksmith. I used to watch him when I could, he made working with iron look so simple. Did I ever get a education when I built my first forge! Coal was a short 30 mile drive away and I would buy 200 lbs at a time. Where I live now I use Propane, cost more but I don't do much blacksmith work any more.