run a fire in the forge, there are several different kinds of
fuels a metalcrafter could use. Coal is the most popular, however.
Because of how long it burns, and the minimal amount of ash
that it produces, makes it the most popular.
however, is another type of fuel that you can use. Green or
seasoned wood both work. However, wook is consumed rather fast,
and may need to be watched a bit more than coal. Green wood
will cut down your consumption rate, but you will need to pay
a greater amount of attention to it. Seasoned wood, however,
will cut down on the attention, but you need more of it. Another
problem with wood is that it produces more ash than coal does,
making it also less popular because of that, and because the
forge tends to need more of the wood, and less of the coal.
is yet another alternative to this, Charcoal. Charcoal, however,
a crafter would also go through relatively fast, as compared
to the coal. It also produces a large amount of ash, necessitating
that you be near the outdoors, or have a very good flue. Charcoal
in small chunks will create a 'close' fire, which you need for
a forge, but it increases the consumption rate. Keeping them
in a larger form however, does not create a 'close' fire. Wetting
them beforehand, will get rid of this problem, however, and also
keep the consumption of the charcoal down. Yet, because it produces
so much ash it makes it rather unpopular with the Metalcrafters.
The ash is hard to clean out of the forge, and it takes up too
is, as stated, the most popular fuel for a forge. It burns as
hot as the others, but you need to use less of it, as it lasts
longer. Also, it produces signifigantly less ash than either
the wood or the charcoal. It produces a 'close' fire that the
charcoal sometimes does not, and needs much less tending than
the wood fire does. Coal takes up as much room in the forge
as the charcoal does, and much, much less than the wood. But,
because of how fast the charcoal burns, and how much ash it produces,
Coal is again chosen above it. For the MetalCrafters, Coal is
the most efficient fuel for the forges. And since the Smithcraft
is always looking for more efficient ways of doing things, this
is a very good choice.