Old 08-25-2009, 09:18 AM
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"Where does one find bags of anthracite??"

Check with the local blacksmiths.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:37 AM
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Dealer Directory Locator - Reading Anthracite Coal

I guess for starters you need to be pretty close to Pennsylvania.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:46 PM
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Try this http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f16/...hods-7297.html (Curing methods?)

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Old 09-04-2009, 12:01 PM
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I just had a long talk with a local firewood supplier who also makes his own lump charcoal & seems to be very knowledgeable in these areas. He recommended not using briquettes in any WFO because any briquette... even 100% hardwood which I just bought a 40 lb bag of thinking it contained nothing but hardwood... uses ingredients like ammonium nitrate & other chemicals that we wouldn't want absorbed in our ovens.

He convinced me right away so I figured I use some of the lump charcoal I have around here. His thoughts were, while this is a natural charcoal, it might be too harsh to use in the oven. His point was that once you've burned something in an oven, whatever harshness, chemicals, etc, will stay with the oven & have an effect on what's cooked in there for a long time.

So maybe starting small and using only kindling & hardwood for curing might be the best way to go? ...sans using any propane systems, etc, that have been posted here. I'd love to here experienced WFO users opinions.
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