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  1. Good on ya, Michael. Good anvil, good size and looks to be in good shape. Your little anvil now has a big brother. Enjoy. Steve
  2. (Blush) you all are too kind. Thx. Indeed a good time was had by all. It was a pleasure to break bread and burn coal with you,John, and the forge is open whenever you're in the area. I never told you- the hold down was a chunk of buggy wheel axle. Once I had my way with the wheel, that was all that was left. 1 1/4"round steel with a 90 degree bend in it, and I had a lightbulb moment. I usually go for that above all my other hold downs. Steve In 37 years of marriage, my wife has never seen my upper lip.
  3. Bart- I'm drooling on my keyboard. You scored a beauty. Now wipe that smile off your face and get to work on it. Steve
  4. Slanwar- I'm in Quakertown, the best bet is just north in Coopersburg- Coopersburg Bagging. They bag and sell coal- that's it. Mostly anthracite, but they do a fair amount of bituminus from the Fisher mine up north of Rte 80- it's really good stuff. They don't always have it ready to just pickup, so I usually stop in and order a 1/2 pallet and they call me when it's ready. Best to call ahead. If you need the # PM me. Steve
  5. I’ve used the Hori-Hori but it tends to be tough on my wrist. My favorite is the chopper style. The wood handled version was made from approx 5” of 1 1/4” breaker bit, forged and normalized. I do all my weeding, as well as planting small perennials, ground covers and bulbs with it. I took it on the job everyday. (I was a landscape contractor). The 1 piece chopper was made from ~ 5” of 1” rebar that I dug up at a job. It was more of a forging experiment, but it has good balance and gets used every so often. Steve
  6. Slanwar- plenty of coal in eastern PA. Go to the PABA website John mentioned, you should be able to find the link to the Striker, our newsletter. Must be 4 or 5 coal suppliers in the area but you might need to head north or west. Berks Co around Reading, Lancaster Co, Lehigh Co S of Allentown, and Stroudsburg all come to mind. Steve
  7. Replying here on a new device, so bear with me if it all goes pear shaped. My go-to daily hammers are at the anvil. Tier 2 are on basic nail racks on a wood table. The rest are on a reclaimed typewriter table with 3 ranks of doubled rebar. (A typewriter is a primitive mechanical word processor type device that was once common in offices, homes and businesses). I tend to go for the down and dirty when it comes to just about anything I do. It ain’t pretty but it works Steve
  8. Wow, glad you're OK John. Definite code brown moment there. I've been using the diamond discs for a while, and have been pleased with them. Steve
  9. Wow, that's a shame. Glad you knew better than to buy that abomination. Steve
  10. I put in a Hofi style side draft and am very pleased with it's performance. Mine is a 1/8" steel box 13" square by 4'long, poking thru the wall about 2 1/2 '. On the outside I fabbed up a simple flange and attached my 12" dia round galv duct pipe, 10 ft up to a wind turbine cap. I have a few small drain holes in the rear bottom seam and have not had any issues. On the inside I have a simple mousehole, and I made sure the opening was smaller than the area of the flue pipe. It works great, and like you said, no roof penetrations. To answer your questions, 1)Just make sure the flue pipe is large enough- !0" would be the minimum, larger is better, and make sure it extends tall enough. I shouldn't think there are any special considerations for charcoal- I use coal. 2) I answered how I handled it 3) Where it passes thru the wall I gave the whole thing ~ 2' clearance all around from any combustible material- framing, siding, etc. I then sealed the opening up with some sheet metal- my own version of a thimble. Hope this helps. Steve
  11. Lee Sauder has done something similar- he called it an Aristotle furnace. He has an interesting write-up on his site Looks like a fun project, Matthew. You going to try to forge something with your bloom? Steve
  12. Could you get a slightly longer belt and put a single twist in it? Then shim the motor slightly out of plane so the belt won't rub itself. Steve
  13. Mr Slag- I had a friend who went from teaching to writing, so I adapted: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, write." He got and stayed pretty mad at me, until in the fullness of time he showed me a check he got for a screenplay. I just slunk away. Steve
  14. Good luck Ranger, let us know how it goes. By the way, no need to quote an entire post- some folk around here still do the dial-up thing. It is still early enough in the thread. Steve
  15. You could also rig it up with a wheelbarrow type of wheel/handle setup. Two larger wheels on the front legs and folding or removable handles on the other end. Brace the legs a bit with a few diagonals and you will easily be able to handle quite a bit of weight, and keep the table full sized. Steve