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  1. Hi Just thought id show a few pics of my forge and see what people thought and then ask a few questions. A pic of my forge just after i built it. Its a 15" steely i put legs on it. madde them removable incase needs transporting, the air pipe removes all so :D . Only fuel i had on hand was bbq heat beads so gave them ago, they spit alot :wacko: . i since chanced to my grandads old forge blower once i found it and did a lil matinance one it. The blower vac was a bit too noisy any way :( just a few pics of one of my first projects, a welding pick, as u can see i need some practice :unsure: I'll post up some more recent pics and better ones when i go to it next, its currently at my inlaws place because i dont have a shed yet. :( So what do you think. So far i like it. It seems to work well. Just a few mod to make, i think, and it will be great. So far i put a sheild around the side and back of it, seems to help contain the heat and sparks better. I'll be cutting some peices out of the side to get the work peice in to the forge at better angles,etc. and I am goin to line the bottom an sides with clay to insulate it better, fill up the stud holes, etc. and tighten it up a bit so im not burning up all that charcoal thats not really getting used . Is there a good way to go about lining them with clay to minimse the clay exploding, cracking too much, etc. Eg. do i have to air dry it for a while. or just light a fire in it and cook it dry :D . Hope you like it. Thanks. Mike
  2. Hi again. I'm thinking about building a lpg Forge at some point. But I already have a coal/charcoal forge and thought it might be a good way too put the burners to use. I think I'll give it ago. If I do get around to it I'll post up some pics, etc n let you guys know how it goes. Thanks for your input it's greatly appreciated. :-) Thanks Mike.
  3. Hi. Im new to the forum this is my first post. Hope I got it in the right place. Id like to know, do you think a lpg heated retort would be successful. I have a old 4 burner bbq and was thinking of using the burners out of it to heat a 20L/ 4-5g drum of wood to make charcoal for my forge. My idea was to put the drum on its side and have the burners sort of cupped underneath it. Have it all in larger drum or something to hold heat in mostly. Generally the same as a wood fueled retort bit using has for the heat. so what do you. Will it work. Not Hey hot enough. Be too uneconomical? Just after some thoughts before I give it ago. Thanks, Mike
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