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  1. mutant

    Coal forge in a shed, in a hanger.

    What I've discovered that helps solve the venting issue is to build an enclosure with, a relative small opening, around your forge. I'm assuming it's a coal forge. This helps dramatically increase the draw of the chimney since surrounding colder air doesn't dilute the hot air from the fire. My space is only 33 square feet and( mostly) soundproof. I use a cheap bathroom fan to blow fresh air into my space. Most of my free time is late at night, hence the soundproofing, and no complaints from the neighbors. I'm on my second season using this tiny smithy but so far it's been working out great. Challenging yes, but great, You can check out my build on youtube. Look for Eviltwinx.
  2. My shop is even smaller.
  3. HB are top notch anvils for sure and yours is in awesome condition. Depending on where you live, anvil prices can range from 4-8 dollars a pound. Sometimes more. There should be a serial number in the left front foot. That can help determine the year it was made. Also, a number should be visible under the logo which will the weight.
  4. One obvious suggestion is e-bay but I haven't seen fan parts very often. I'm on the lookout for parts for my champion 400. Maybe look into brazing or soldering? I think soldering is for electronics though.
  5. mutant

    Help needed!

    You really should brush on something that's acts as rigidizer over the wool. Some use refractory. The fibers are very hazardous will be blown out as you use the forge.
  6. mutant

    New digs.

    Very cool space! How big is it? My space is a measly 33 square feet and I'm thinking about building a larger shed. Need to keep it small though.
  7. mutant

    Brian Brazeal classes?

    About year ago, I took a class with Alec Steele, he mentions Brian's name often since he studied under him. I asked him about Brian and why doesn't he post more videos and that most of his content is a few years old. Alec thought it might have to do with Brian's age and not being as active. Not sure how accurate that is but it's all I know.
  8. mutant

    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    My workshop is tiny- a mere 33 square feet. Not perfect but it works for me. Don't over think it, just do it.
  9. Thers is nothing wrong with melting cans. It all depends on what you want to do with them. I think it’s awesome to use trash that’s blowing around, melt it, and make art. I do lost foam. I even use them to make belt buckles. If you want to machine it or make parts for a steam engine, then yea, use higher quality AI. As to why your crucible failed? Could of just been a defect or maybe how you tempered it. The guys over at AlloyAvenue will have better insight. -m
  10. mutant

    Melting aluminium

    Check out The guys there will steer you in the right direction. You you're planning on doing just a couple of melts, a metal crucible is fine. Casting a simple billet is pretty straight forward but you might want to add gates and a sprue - both help with metal flow and shrinkage. -m
  11. mutant

    Need Anvil Repair Advice

    Looks like someone use to much force on it.
  12. mutant

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I have the same rivet forge. Since I use mine in a small closed space, I built an enclosure and a hood for it and use a brake drum as my fire pot. I cut a large circular piece of heavy sheetmetal and made a shelf that sits on top of the brake drum. This keeps the coal level with the top of the brake drum and makes it easy to rake - if that makes sense.
  13. Hope you unlock the bipod for it.
  14. mutant

    Size of forge buildings?

    I have the same building code - 50sqf without permit. I’ve posted this before - I sectioned off part of a wooden shed I built (and need) for storage and made a tiny smithy at a whopping 33sqf of space. I also made it mostly sound proof since my free time is mainly at night. I wanted to see how much I was going to blacksmith before building a new shed. If you want to see how I did it and the safety precautions I took, look up eviltwinx on YouTube. I have a series called Building a Tiny and Soundproof Smithy. Don’t over think it. Just do it. -m
  15. mutant

    Saw blade bowl

    Hey ausfire - the blade has a hole in the center to mount on the saw itself. It helps keep the bowl steady.