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#1   2012-08-29 06:07          
Has any body had any experince with Georgia Coal Co out of Blairsville? I'm going up to JCCFS in a few weeks and am thinking about stopping by on the way to pick up some coal.
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#2   2012-08-30 04:38          
Cal, please report back on your foray. I'd like to know about their prices and the quality of the coal, i.e. slag, etc. I bought in the past from GA farrier supply, which had good coal, but it's 2 1/2 hours drive for me, instead of 50 minutes to Blairsville.

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#3   2012-08-31 14:46          
One more request that you report back. And let us know how they sell it, bagged or bulk and if in bulk how they measure or weigh it. John Myers

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#4   2012-09-06 01:21          
Many thanks to John Zeigler for this follow-up information. Currently Georgia Coal only has Anthracite coal but will be receiving bituminous in a few weeks. Bituminous is the coal that Sidney Lee sells and is generally used for smithing. They won't know the price of the bituminous until receive it. Anthracite is a harder coal and doesn't produce coke but does tend to burn longer once lit. They sell it in 50# bags for $10/bag. For amounts of a ton, 40 bags, or more its $8/bag.
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#5   2012-09-11 14:45          
If you are going to the Folkschool, you should be able to swing by the folks at Ga Farrier Supply. I've bought their coal several times and it's always been high quality. They are up the street from Linda Holmes-Rubin's, and I've gotten coal before the meeting. Ga Farrier Supply is closed on Saturday, however. What they do is to sell you something over the phone and will have it outside their gate Saturday morning for pickup (small items in a drop box, coal stacked up). I just check their web site and coal is $24.95 for a 50# bag (which I believe is more than Sidney Lee).
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#6   2012-09-17 02:27          
After talking to John, I decided not to stop. I've been happy with the Sidney Lee coal at $17.00. At starts easy and burns very clean.

The Forge welding class was good but I had very little success at getting the peices to weld together. The instructor David did a good job explaining & demonstrating but I just don't have the knack for it yet.
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#7   2012-09-17 03:46          
forge welding success needs CONFIDENCE.

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#8   2012-09-17 08:56          
Well, I thought I have confidence and I even tried the file/borax mixture Brian Brazeal had so highly recommended, but I, too, have not practiced well with forge welding, except for making damascus. Promise to make some serious practice runs.
Back to coal. Can anyone give me the contact info for the Blairsville outfit? Googling does not help. I checked on the usefulness of anthracite, but bitumenous appears to work more comfortably. However, could we mix both, may be 50/50? And $8 per 50 lb bag sounds enticing, especially if we can get the bitumenous type for the same price. On the appalachian blacksmith chapter website they list coal suppliers in WV and NC selling for $30 per ton in larger quantities. So, $25 per 50 lb bag sounds like a serious mark-up to me.

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#9   2012-09-18 03:27          
(706)745-8635
http://www.georgiacoal.com/Georgia_Coal.html

Odds are the $30/ton is in bulk. They will charge more to bag it. It may be worth while to get it in bulk if you had a bin to keep it in. Maybe something like an old time wood box next to the shop.

The more I think about it the more I think I had my fire too oxidized. It was good and hot but maybe had burned down to far.
Cal Kohler
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