Blacksmith's Tongs And Coal Where do I get some cheap.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:40 PM
So far all I have for holding my medal is a 4" pair of pliers and that means that 1. I can not get a good grip on the metal. 2. I can not hold on to them for long because they heat up so fast. 3. I get burnt a lot putting the metal in and taking the metal out of the forge. I tried Ebay, Amazon, and a few local places with no success so now I am asking yall if yall know a good place to get stuff like that.
I have also been trying to get a hold on some real coal.
So far I have been making my own charcoal from cedar and hickory, and mixing it with store-bought charcoal but 1. It takes extra time. 2. It does not last long. 3. It dose not get quite hot enough.
A friend told me a while back that true coal gets way hotter and that 1 pound of charcoal would last longer than 3 pounds of charcoal so I have been trying to get a hold of some and have come to a steel wall.
Any help would be great,
Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:12 AM
Try blacksmithdepot.com they have it all including coal & coke. Check out their online catologe. Got my tongs,hammers & anvil from them.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:15 AM
The ones you make will not be as nice as store bought (at least the first couple tries) but there is a big difference between $7 and $40, and if you take your time they should work fine. When they wear out or you find they are no longer adequate try again. It is good practice for your hammering skills. With the left over money you can buy some coal.
As for finding coal I would check with your local ABANA chapter.
Good luck and keep at it. -Justin
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:20 PM