Charles R. Stevens

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    Bradley Oklahoma
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    Horses, horse drawn equipment, and blacksmithing.


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    Bradley, Oklahoma
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    J.O.T., father, son and freind
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  1. Charles R. Stevens

    Boiled Linseed Oil

    Soybean oil is a polermerising oil as well. I discovered this after finding out that linseed oil degrades cotton canvass. Being a lot cheaper to buy a gallon of vegetable oil, I treat wood with it.
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    1m X 1m Side Blast

    Not a bad plan. My point is that being able to change the shape of the fire ball to better than fixing the fire pot. If you fill in all your hearth exept an oversized fire pot/bowl then just use loose cat litter and ash then you can dig out and shape the pot as desired.
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    jabod ?

    So my oldest daughter is fond of reminding me, John.
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    jabod ?

    Then I have been old since highschool.
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    1m X 1m Side Blast

    Be conservative. One of the advantages of side blast forges is the versatility. You can change the fire bowl shape to suit different jobs. If I was going to fill the box with high temp cement, I would leave a 12” box in front of the tuyere and fill it with loose fill.
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    jabod ?

    Red brick works just fine with charcoal, and I have melted hard fire brick with hard coal
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    jabod ?

    See the mark III JABOD forge. This was built as a portable forge.
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    Anthracite JABOD Forge

    Are you talking dearth of the top of the tuyere I’d below the hearth or the ID of they tuyer? 4” is about right for a 1” ID tuyer using coal. A 4” ID tuyere is much deaper and is way inefecent for heating 1”- stock, bit just right for heating 6” stock for forging anvils. Jerry, I melt fire brick so red brick is just fine across from the tuyere, lol
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    Anthracite JABOD Forge

    Around here the local smithing club sells coal to members for $160 a ton. Hard to beat the price per BTU... then again home made charcoal from construction waste works great to
  10. Charles R. Stevens

    Question for an essay

    Well the first pro of a forge and blacksmith is that it is much more economical to heat and bend metals with a forge than a torch. Considering that large punch presses and drills can make holes, the advantage of forges is that a boss can be rather easily formed in the process of making a hole another pro is that high cost metals can often be forged into a blank that then can be machined with much less waste. Lastly many processes now done with expensive machines can be duplicated buy a blacksmith, especially for maintenance of obsolete equipment (much of industry dose not support parts past 10 years, an may not suit major structural parts at all. The major con is that forges tend to be larger than a torch set (tho a blower and shovel will suffice) and some job sites (oil field locations come to mind) to not allow propane tanks) Of course one must have a blacksmith or a welder/blacksmith on the payroll. now as to coal vs gas. solid fuel forges tend to be larger and one must develop fire management skills, wile gas are easier to light and use coal is not as “clean” generally as gas and can be harder to find. For fuel efficiency one can reconfigure solid fuel forges for particular tasks wile one generally needs to build a new gas forge to optimize fuel efficiency. Now as to the money put into a forge, solid fuel forges can be generally dirt cheap (air air source and hole in the ground) wile a gas forge generally costs $150 plus to build (some builds are cheaper) permanent solid fuel forges generally cost the same as gassers to build but again one tends to have more than in gas forge or a gas and solid fuel forge for efficiency based on the project
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    Anthracite JABOD Forge

    This why I put two bricks in the bottom. 2” is the minimum to prevent wood from infighting (600f). Charcoal and coal forge design is almost identical when it comes to side blast /JABOD forges. The chart in the side blast forge design artical is acualy for coal, as I find charcoal to be happy at a bit shallower depth. I wish you had done just a bit more reading first. No sense in duplicating my mistakes when you can go on to make new and invintive mistakes if your own
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    My first forge..jabod..kinda

    Acualy I will one up Jerry turn the rail so it is standing on end.worka even beter that way
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    Farrier Lube

    We (farriers) typically use bees wax.
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    Air supply for my charcoal forge

    First, let me say I have been experimenting with charcoal forges. And unless you are heat treating swords or forging large scrolls I suggest keeping the fire to six to 8” because one can’t realyfirge more than 6” at a time and unesisary heating of the steel can damage it. If I could also suggest fire brick and furnace cement are unnesisary expenses for making ancharcoal forge. Might I refer you to Glenn’s 55 forge and the verius JABOD forges. So to answer your original question. A double acting bed inflator is sufficient, wile an electric one is more than enugh. A hair drier is serious over kill.
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    First solid fuel forge fab.

    A bullet grate would raise the heart of the fire to table hight.