15 years ago
little white ash, we could run the forge for six to eight hours before
having a clinker problem.
We recently purchased from that same supplier and what we got looks
_mostly_ the same as the old stuff but has some bigger chunks in it too.
This stuff is producing large amounts of orangey-brown ash, I have to
clean out the firepot after about 3 hours of work.
Now, on the day we purchased, the supplier was in the process of moving
their coal piles and had bagged up all their loose smithing coal. We got
the stuff from the top of the palettes, which I suspect was from the
bottom of the pile (which would help explain the small rocks we've been
So my question is:
Should I attribute this unfortunate behaviour of this load of coal to
the fact that it was the dregs of the pile?
Should I come to the sad conclusion that the quality of Pocahontas coal
has changed in the last few years?
Prospect Hill Forge: The Blacksmithing Classroom