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Building a portable coal/charcoal forge

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I am getting ready to start building a portable forge. It will have a 2' x 4' table, champion #40 blower, welded rectangular fire pot, wheels so it can be rolled around and be built so it can be taken apart easily for hauling around.
This is what I am making the table out of,post-22703-0-76531900-1343875852_thumb.j. 4ft. diameter, 3/16. in thick. You can see the outline of the table on it. The choices that I have at this time for material for the firepot are cutoffs from this blade(med-high carbon) or mild steel plate that is also 3/16 in. Which would be better? I realize that this is a little thin but it is what I have.
After looking at it some more I am thinking that I might just cut the front and back leaving the teeth on the ends, bending a piece of flat stock and weld it to the teeth for tool holders. What do you folks think of that idea?

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I too am building one and am using a car torque converter for the pot.cut around the seam w/grinder and zip blade.it is heavier than I figgered it would be.

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I think you might be wasting some good blade stock.

IMO, 2'x4' is overkill for a beginning portable forge. Plus, 3/16" HC steel is gonna burn through pretty quick as a fire pot.

Surely you can get your hands on a 55 gallon barrel and a brake drum?

Are you going to be burning charcoal or coal? I've seen some fine charcoal forges made out of old bbq grills.

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I have a brake drum / 55 gal.barrel forge now, but I want something with more table space. I have used a forge with a rectangular firepot and liked it better. I burn both coal and charcoal.

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Just an option, but I would save that saw blade for something else in the future and perhaps get a piece of 1/8" sheet steel for a table top. Randy McDaniel has a great blue print for a forge table and fire pot in the book a blacksmith primer. I just used some scrap parts I had laying around for my forge table and it's worked out well so far. I am using a brake disc from my truck's last brake job and a stainless steel cabinet door as the table which is supported by wood screwed to a stand.

But if you have the ability to weld I would just get some 1/4 or 3/8 plate and weld up a fire pot and replace the brake drum.

I hope to build a setup like Randy's blue print this winter once I get my shop in order to use a chimney.

Drum_Forge.jpg

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well this one isnt excatly portable but i suppose you could downsize it and bolt it up and it would work i know i am just a newbie here and you can take this how you want to this is just an idea to think about dad helped me make this table/forge http://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/28012-my-coal-forge/

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well this one isnt excatly portable but i suppose you could downsize it and bolt it up and it would work i know i am just a newbie here and you can take this how you want to this is just an idea to think about dad helped me make this table/forge http://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/28012-my-coal-forge/
sry about the double post my internet wasnt working well

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well this one isnt excatly portable ....


It looks very nice. Just about anything can become portable.... if you add large enough wheels. Good job.

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You can unroll a 55 gallon drum to make a large flat table top.

Phil

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Does anyone know what type of steel these blades might be made from? I know it sparks like it is fairly high in carbon.

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Personally I think the circular saw bent to form the table would look awesome. I recognize that it's not an economical use of quality steel. The image of the saw teeth draping each side like a table cloth is particularly appealing.

Good luck!

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Personally I think the circular saw bent to form the table would look awesome. I recognize that it's not an economical use of quality steel. The image of the saw teeth draping each side like a table cloth is particularly appealing.

Good luck!


I'll give you that one. That does conjure an impressive image. That is an idea for something done out of smaller saw blades too.

Phil

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Lots of points to catch clothing too!

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I agree with Thomas. My apron already catches on way too many things, I'm sure yours does too. (although, if you ever wanted to sell it afterwards, just call it steampunk!)

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Alright, impressive image, but so not practical. The smaller blades for candle bases or something equally decorative might be cool though, and less hazardous.

Phil

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You could call it "Sawyer Forge" .

The Oscar Mayer Weiner truck is probably not fuel efficient - Advertising has little to do with function. That said, it's not my cloths getting hung up on the saw blade so I'm free to dream.

Post photos of whatever you come up with.

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