About: Coal forge vs Propane forge a look at the pros and cons
I much enjoyed your video and consideration of charcoal as fuel. I live in the Southeast U.S. and have tens of thousands of pounds of hardwoods all around me that I need to clean up after our somewhat infrequent snow and ice storms plus hurricanes. I am never at a loss for wood, so I burn charcoal and use that in my forge. It also has the advantage that once burned it does not rot or get infested with wood-eating insects. The best charcoal return that I have achieved yet was with split wood from wild cherry and persimmon trees. That turned out to be very nice stuff and better than charcoal from pecan or hickory. I have 500 lbs. of charcoal in my fuel box at the moment made from trees downed by Hurricane Michael.
I only have coal forge , But will be making a ribbon burner before cold weather.
But will keep coal for back up,If I built hammer or big stuff.
Again thank you Sir
Is propane and a charcoal forge enough for all kinds of work?
Thanks John, really excellent thorough video. I got started on a little coal/charcoal forge and I'm now building a propane forge for exactly the reasons you set out - it's clean, compact and convenient. As someone who currently has to fit blacksmithing around a 9-5 day job, being able to fire up the forge in a matter of seconds and work for an hour without coming back covered in coal dust and smoke will mean I get out to my shop much more often during the week.
Excellent topic. Excellent content. Nope you weren't ranting nor rambling.
Thanks for the talk, practicality is going to make the decision for most if not all! I use LPG, you call it propane but is my only option unless I can source enough timber and make my own charcoal and that is impracticable! Coal is just not available, electric induction would be hugely expensive even after the set up cost as electrical power here is the most expensive on the planet. Sadly, forge welding is out of the Question except on very small and infrequent occasions!
Here's a video of someone using corn for fuel:https://youtu.be/T-UgxYiiAWI
I've also heard of people using corn cobs as fuel for heating the house, maybe it would be nice in a forge???🤔
Put a door on your propane forge...both sides. Use forced induction on your propane forge. Why fight the laws of thermal dynamics? Use hard fire bricks for flux resistance, mine have lasted for 2 years. I dont like black lung, so I dont use coal. Your info is nonsense. Sorry, I made my coal forge, I made my propane forge and burners. I tested naturally aspirated and forced induction. Forced induction is far superior and will melt steel in no time. I run my burners at 3 psi, 6 psi to forge weld. Naturally aspirated, like yours, require ridiculous amount of propane to run and weld. In the range of 25 to 30 psi. Coal forge will burn up steel too fast, you cant do multiple pieces, and you cant get coal in California.
Open and honest info is best, personal prejudice is why blacksmiths have not capitalized on the current wave of popularity. You seem to be one of those old school guys that have not properly used propane and experimented with it. I made my own burners that can be used naturally aspirated or with forced induction. I tried them both ways. Forced induction is the only way to go, instead of competing with atmospheric pressure. Gas is environmentally friendly, coal is not.
That " Wet Coal Smell " is so intoxicating
better than Chanel !
I rarely get Clinkers ,im in the UK and use Colombian coal no 2s
I appreciated your including the environmental impacts. I'm of the mind that anyone put off by your considering that has some major character flaw.
Hallo, John.I look at your school of forging, it is one of the best "school" of forging, that I can to see.I don´t speak and understand English too good, but I do my bast to understand...Thanks a lot for your sharing the skills, that you got in many years of this beautifull work.
Hello I'm from the UK and have a stupid question could I use an kitchen sink as a forge?
Hey John, thanks for the class on fuels; What about Wood Pellets there compressed at 10,000 psi. which breaks sap capsules in the fiber. They get really hot. The Beckett Oil Burner is an awsome little machine that will burn waste oil. I learned it one day and taught it the next. It actually has gears that can grind up any crud that may be in the waste fuel. Thanks
Ive been doing research on getting into blacksmithing for like 3 years now and this is by far the best video related to forges.
is there a video of the making of the monkey that was over his shoulder in the begining?
This videos was at 899 likes. Even if I outright hated this, I don’t, I love it really, I would have liked it just to have the rounded number...and the satisfaction of saying in the 900th like.
You never know, with the rise in blacksmithing maybe coal will boom again
Coal and charcoal is better than gas .1 bucket coal 5 buckets charcoal . , the price of propane over wood or coal , charcoal makes it better over gas ..