www.abana.org Find the nearest chapter to you and contact the contact
person. They should be able to help.
Centaur Forge supplies coal, I think, but paying postage on that much
weight is a pain in the...
Or try Google and start searching terms like "Blacksmith (name of city
near you)" to see what shows up. Same for the word "coal"
Contact the California Blacksmiths Association www.calsmith.org, or
locate a coal yard.
The people you talked to probably don't know what you are talking
about. You might be better off just asking for "blacksmith coal" or
Pocahontas for starters. Basically, you want a high heat, low sulphur
coal, with as little ash as you can get. Finding other blacksmiths in
your area is the best way to go. For example, our club, The Guild of
Metalsmiths, in the Minneapolis MN area, buys about 20 tons per year for
its members. Since we buy a semi load at at time, we can keep the price
down for our people.
If all else fails, Centaur Forge (www.centaurforge.com/) sells it in
Sierra Fire and Forge, in Exeter CA uses metalurgical grade *coke*. I
think that's what you're asking for. I've used it at this year's Spring
Conference, and it's very low-smoke, low fume (unlike regular coal).
Hard to light, but once it's going it's like regular coal. Unless you
have a very big lot in Glendale, I'm sure you're neighbors and the AQMD
will appreciate your using coke (or a propane forge).
Sierra Fire and Forge hosted the recent CBA Spring Conference. They
were a very hospitable group--I'd bet you could give them a call and
ask who their supplier is. http://sierraforgeandfire.com /.
BTW, if you haven't been to a CBA event, you're missing out. It's a
great group of people, and the events are lot of fun!
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