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#1 Reverend Boxcar

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 06:57 PM

Here is my homemade forge. I messed around with some scrap to get a feel for the hammer, I tried to make a pair of tongs which did not turn out well, but I plan on messing with them some more. The first thing I made form start to finish was This rail road spike oyster knife. I got a bit of a concern that I dont get enough heat from the forge would that be fixed some coal. any ideas what might help?

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:22 PM

That's really nice for your first try. You can just get some natural lup charcoal and it'll definitely do a lot better than the brickettes. And I absolutely love your dog in that picture! n_n



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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

Cool idea on the oyster knife. I like the skull on the backend.

Coal or Lump Charcoal like Neg suggested would do better. I use coal in my homemade forge, and it'll burn away the steel if I'm not careful. I would suggest either making some sort of ash dump that swings, or do what I do and set it up so that the bottom of your pipe goes a few inches down into a 5 gallon bucket of water without a cap of any kind. the water blocks the air from being lost out the bottom, and lets any ash or clinkers sink to the bottom. No opening a cap that'll undoubtedly rust into place to empty clogs. Plus... if you get a build-up of flammable gases in your tuyere(?) that ignites, it will likely lose much of it's explosive force bubbling out the bottom and send less searing coals into the air out of your firepot.

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#4 seldom (dick renker)

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

nice for your first time. learning curve is starting to grow. keep it up.



#5 Dan C

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:18 PM

Well done!

#6 windancer

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

You are gonna make it! Good ideas, too.

The oyster knife handle looks like a seal to me.

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#7 LastRonin

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:54 PM

The oyster knife handle looks like a seal to me.

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Hmmm, I see it too now. Maybe on the next one, use a sharp chisel and tap in some whiskers to cement it

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#8 Reverend Boxcar

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:18 PM

Thanks a lot for the advice! I am going to start using lump and going to use the water bucket instead of a cap. What is the benefit of using blacksmith coal over lump?



#9 Charles R. Stevens

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:22 PM

Coal is denser, and goes out on its own when you stop feeding it air (usually).
So coal lasts longer for the same volume of fuel.
Charcoal is cleaner burning and lighter. No clinker to speak of, no noxious smoke wile its coking and generally easy to come buy. It is lighter, so it will blow out of the forge with to strong a blast, and it likes a deaper fire than coal, that and it creaps, and it's hard to manage with water. Generally you won't want to just dump a bag on the forge table.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:38 PM

That looks like the forge that Dan Brazzel shows how to make on youtube.






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