Charcoal supplier?

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Charcoal supplier?

Unread post by NMcCartney » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:56 pm

Hey everyone. Since I will be getting my forge made tomorrow (woo!) I thought I'd see if anyone had knew a good place to get charcoal for smithing. I've been hearing that when it burns it smells more like having a bonfire or bbq so I figured that be a better option given I am in a residential area and might help me avoid other problems.

So if anyone knows a good supplier that can ship or is near north minneapolis I would appreciate the info. Thanks. =)
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Re: Charcoal supplier?

Unread post by Darryl Ponder » Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:32 pm

Any wood lump charcoal will work. I know some smiths use the "Cowboy charcoal" brand sold in hardware stores. Just don't use BBQ charcoal (Kingsford, Royal and the like) that is pressed into a shape and has a binder in it. Use real wood lump charcoal. You can buy it many places like Ace or True Value hardware, Home Depot in my area carries it.

Also, Marty Hicks has this suggestion as posted to the Bellows:

Isanti Charcoal is very helpful. Tony at (612) 250-0918. Tell him what you're using it for and he'll know what you're after.

Here is their website: ... ies-mn.htm

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