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    Some ideas on what granulated charcoal can be used for by individuals or the HSM?

    Please don't ask why I am asking, it has nothing to do with 1800 pounds of it

  • #2
    Case and/or color case hardening.
    Jim H.

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    • #3
      Water filtration.
      Takes out oders and almost all chemicals, even Chlorine.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JCHannum
        Case and/or color case hardening.
        Jim, that is a very interesting suggestion, can you expand on the process a bit?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rich Carlstedt
          Water filtration.
          Takes out oders and almost all chemicals, even Chlorine.
          Rich, there seems to be a number of types designed for different tasks, not sure what type it is as yet.
          Have even read food grade type.

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          • #6
            Ken, an important question. Is it granulated charcoal, (charcoal crushed and screened to a size,) or granulated ACTIVATED charcoal, (charcoal that has been treated with steam during the charing process?) Either one can be used for pack case hardening, but only the activated kind will do much for removing taste and odors or color from water. It will also smooth out "white lightning." Duffy
            Duffy, Gatineau, Quebec

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            • #7
              I was thinking fuel for a aluminum melting furnace or possibly even a forge.

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              • #8
                Duffy, not sure as yet what type it is, should get it picked up by next week. Am hoping it is the activated type though.

                Couldn't say no to the 45 40lb bags though, $25

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                • #9
                  Metal melting/forging you want 3/4" or larger pieces,otherwise it glows and blows(lights and then flys all over the place)due to the draft air.
                  I just need one more tool,just one!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ken_Shea
                    Jim, that is a very interesting suggestion, can you expand on the process a bit?
                    In a nutshell, you pack the parts to be hardened in a closed container filled with the charcoal. Heat to ~1300-1400 degrees F and hold for a half hour or so, then dump into a water quench.

                    In practice, it is more involved, but that is basic pack hardening. For colors, bone charcoal is added to the mix, other organic charcoals such as leather are used as well.

                    A much longer version detailing one man's jouirney in matching the CCH found on Marlin rifles is here.

                    http://www.marlin-collectors.com/for...st=0&sk=t&sd=a
                    Jim H.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wierdscience
                      Metal melting/forging you want 3/4" or larger pieces,otherwise it glows and blows(lights and then flys all over the place)due to the draft air.
                      hmmm, didn't think about that, makes a lot of sense, perhaps some sort of bonding agent to the granules, if such a thing exits.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ken_Shea
                        Some ideas on what granulated charcoal can be used for by individuals or the HSM?

                        Please don't ask why I am asking, it has nothing to do with 1800 pounds of it
                        Salt peter+ sulfur+ charcoal = black powder = big bang
                        Bill in se Idaho
                        Bill in SE Idaho
                        With enough time & motivation anything can be fixed

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bvd1940
                          Salt peter+ sulfur+ charcoal = black powder = big bang
                          Bill in se Idaho
                          Ha! Bill that was exactly where I was going to go with a response...

                          Ken...if you ask where to rent a ryder truck...we are going raise an eyebrow.

                          Cheers
                          Mac.

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                          • #14
                            If you have a garden, charcoal improves the ability of soil to retain water and nutrients. Search for biochar or terra preta.

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                            • #15
                              Char Lady

                              Hmmm.

                              Cuppa char needed here. Must call the serving wench aka Char Lady to advise on coke or coal for the forge or oven.

                              But don't "tap" her 'cos if she taps you, you might regret it.

                              She is a Blacksmith and writes a great book on the topic and has a good "run-down" on the various and coals to use.



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