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About mutant

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  • Birthday 04/10/1968

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    . Long Island, NY
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    working with metal
  1. I have a crazier setup. My forge goes from 8" pipe to 6" back to 8". The 6" is a metalbestos pipe which is a insulated double wall pipe. I used this because of a tight fit through my shed opening. Too make matters even crazier, I have two 90 degree bends and a slight bend from the forge. I have no issues with draft or smoke coming into my shed. If you close up your opening so a lot less ambient air mixes with the hot air- it'll draft. I have a video if you're interested.
  2. I get a lot of comments saying that I should cut a hole in the floor and place my anvil stand through it and also several feet into the ground. That's probably the best solution but I didn't want to do that. Instead, I was able to get a few 18x18 pavers wedge between the floor joists and the ground. It did help. I also made a hollow anvil stand and it's filled with sand.
  3. Looks like a great smithy! Enjoy your new setup and let me know how you do with the rapid tongs. I've been debating getting a set.
  4. I covered my shed floors with sheets of 1/8 inch plate that I picked up at the scrap yard and most of my walls have old corrugated roofing tin on them. It was't all that expensive to do. I think I paid more for the rockwool insulation that I put in for sound and fire proofing.
  5. Hi Chuck, I recently finished turning a small portion of my shed into a smithy. Most of my free time is at night so I needed to find a way to do it quietly and as safely as possible. I used rock wool for sound proofing and fire safety along with old corrugated metal sheets. I'm using coal which is much different in regards to oxygen depletion. You can check out my build series on YouTube. Look up exiltwinx. I'm not saying everything I did is to code and perfect, but I did take the time to problem solve a few issues that might relate to what you're planning on going through.
  6. I love it. Can you improve it? Sure thing but don't let that stop you from using it as much as you can.
  7. Thanks Frosty! Took me a while to complete but I've done a few projects in it at night and so far so good. They say necessity is the mother of all invention. I'm just throwing a little common sense in as well. I love being creative and luckily, it's what I do for a living.
  8. That's not going to cut it. If you're just starting out, try using charcoal and a hairdryer. You can use a tin can or better yet, a stainless steel container as a crucible for your first few tries. You'll only get a couple of melts in before they fail but least you'll get some experience with little cost. Also, do as much research as you can. Use protective gear and common sense. It's a fun hobby but you need to be careful.
  9. I recently finished making the world's tiniest and quietest smithy in part of a my shed. The space is no bigger than 33 sq. feet. I used rockwool in the walls to reduce the noise as much as possible and for additional fireproofing. It's not 100% sound proof since my shed is built on floor joists off the ground, but I can forge at night without bothering the neighbors. I have a video series on my adventures on youtube. Look up How to Build A Small Blacksmith Shop by eviltwinx. Maybe you'll see something that you'll find helpful. Or maybe you'll laugh.
  10. I would start off small and easy since you can always upgrade. Make a simple charcoal furnace and use a hairdryer as the air source. I would also start with aluminum for various reasons. The main being it's lower melting temperature compared to bass or cast iron. Try melting the AI into ingots as a first few projects, an old muffin tray is great to use. After a few melts, try your hand at lost foam casting. I've done a few projects and it's a great hobby. Do your research, ask questions and use common sense. There is a pretty big risk factor with this hobby but it can be done relatively safely. Check out Alloy Ave. It's a website dedicated to the backyard metal caster. I also have a few casting videos up on youtube.
  11. That's part of "Among other reason" in what I wrote. You'll be surprised how much charcoal dust and forced air will sand blast away material.
  12. Head over to It's a site dedicated to backyard foundry. Lots of great info and peeps willing to help out. I'm pretty new to casting as well but from what I can tell from your video, looks like whatever you made your mold out of wasn't fully cured. You were getting steam bubbles and, as others have stated, that's pretty dangerous. Your container failing is common with using charcoal. Among other reasons, a blower and charcoal acts like a powerful abrasive and can quickly wear down material. It's why I switched over to propane. Casting is dangerous but with some basic knowledge AND using common sense, can be done safely and relatively easily. Do your research, ask questions at Alloy Ave. Good luck, be safe and have fun! Check out one of my more successful casting videos here -
  13. Your shop is looking fantastic! Don't feel bad about the size, mine is only 33 square feet.
  14. I think it can be very versatile if you can use the burners separately. If not, don't worry, it's pretty easy to make a propane burner. You would need a high pressure regulator anyway. That would be the most expensive part.
  15. There's always a risk with anything you do. Some hobbies are more riskier than others. Understand those risks but more importantly, at 16, make sure your parents know as well. Do your research, ask question, and seek guidance. You'll do fine and have fun.