Flankem

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About Flankem

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    Media, PA
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    Carpenrty, Blacksmithing,Hikiing.

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  1. Nice sweet and simple design. This has been on my list for a while. I have a truck spring set aside for just this purpose. Thanks for the great pics!
  2. My wife told me I have to finish the basement before I can make the forge. Looking at starting the forge sometime in June/July. I guess I should take some pics and post them too. This door is great! I love it. Nice work 58er!
  3. I agree with RobS, who will now be my friend for a $200 anvil! 3-5 or 6 is typical for online sales. Also worth consideration, your location. How hard is this stuff to come by? Are you in a remote location? Supply and demand.
  4. Nice find! I always keep an eye on Craigslist, Ebay too for that matter. If you find yourself in the right place right time that makes it all worthwhile!
  5. Nice Guys, Jeremy how did you attach the handle to the plates in the back? Did you do a weld? Would love to see a pic of the back.
  6. Easton, Nice I might be able to make this one. Thanks for the info guys, I'll be sure to bring some Spikes and such.
  7. Bathroom fan is cheap, if you add a dimmer switch to control the force, it can be cheap and effective.
  8. Welcome Satkye, Sounds like you are on your way to a new hobby. As far as material, Metal. See if you can find some scrap lying around. If you desire, purchase some mild steel from a supplier. I started using lawn signs and leftover rebar from the job site. The important part is to start. Read, Read, Read. This forum has more information than you need. Enjoy the journey.
  9. First you get good, Then you get fast, Then you get fast and good!
  10. Flankem

    new guy here

    Welcome Whimpy, Knife looks great. Add your location to your profile so we know where you are. You never know who might live near you.
  11. I appreciate the information. That was the first time I used Anthracite. I have been using Bituminous lately and there is a difference. They both have their pros and cons. I was thinking of getting one of my forges up and running with an electric blower, I think I might enjoy using Anthracite then as I do not have to work so hard for the air flow. I was constantly cranking.
  12. Jumbojak, I believe you have answered my question. I would say that it was not possible to break up the Nut sized coal as it was extremely hard, like a rock. I just ended up shoveling it out of the forge when it was done. Another member and I were trying to figure out why this was so. I also did not like the popping it would constantly do, however, I loved the fact that I could spend all day over the fire and it was so clean.
  13. They are not clinkers, and as it is anthracite it produces little coke. Perhaps I did not describe it well enough. The anthracite burned in the forge and it really did not change composition, it stayed in the nut form. Just changed in apperace from glossy black to a dull color. I was able to break the nut up but i had to smash it with a hammer. it chiped like a rock. As a kid we had a coal heater in the house. My job was to clean out the cinders which we used to spread on the driveway. When i was forging with anthracite it seemed to never break down into smaller peices or be consumed. I was just wondering if anyone had run into this using Anthracite.
  14. I have been looking around the forums here for quite a bit to an answer to this question. A while ago when I ran out of bituminous coal, I made a run and picked up some more coal. Due to a mistake, I ended up with anthracite. At first, I had a tough time using it. I have a buffalo hand crank forge. Needless to say, I had to do a lot of cranking while forging! What I did notice was that as I was using the coal, it would burn but not be dissolved. I would be left with this, for lack of a better word, "rock". While this was not a big deal it did leave me with quite a bit of leftover. After a few weeks of forging I had a bit of "rock" piles. Now i was talking to another member about this and we both were curious, The Anthracite burns and is done what is the "rock" stuff left over? With the knowledge on this site, I assume that someone on here uses anthracite and can explain what is going on.