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  1. That sounds awesome! Keep us posted.
  2. What is your budget and what anvil size are you look for? We all love an old anvil that was made 100 years ago but it might be easier, cheaper, and faster to buy new. You can always go to a scrapyard and buy a hunk of metal that will do the job just as good as a London pattern anvil but a heck of a lot cheaper. That way you can get started with your hobby right away.
  3. If you close in the opening around your forge, less cool ambient air will mix with the hot air from the fire and you will get a good draw. I did this with my rivet forge. My pipes go from 8" down to 6" (insulated pipe that passes through a wall) then back to 8". I also have multiple bends and have no problem with draw.
  4. That's pretty dang cool! I was going to go the same route but I just came across an old Keller that was in near perfect condition. What size motor are you using?
  5. Daswulf, I just ordered the same swage block. It's supposed arrive by end of week. -m
  6. Same boat here. I'm trying to disassemble a 400 as well and it's fighting me every step. Mine was paint red and it must be some tough paint. Took ALOT of doing just to get all the caps off and it was pretty dry in there so I really would like to replace the bearings. I have it mostly done except the cone shaped screws that holds the ball bearing in place. Had it soaking in just about every type of oil/penetrating fluid for weeks. Nada. Made a tool to fit the holes but it bent. Nothing has worked so far. I've yet to apply heat but not that confident it would work. I didn't realize how soft that
  7. How does it run with no crucible in the furnace? Does it run better?
  8. Take some baby powder, sprinkle it on areas that have markings and dust off. The powder helps any details to standout more.
  9. I made part of my shed into a smithy. I lined the walls with rock wool for sound proofing and fire protection. Looked up eviltwinx on youtube - I have a series of videos on building a tiny and sound proof blacksmith shop.
  10. 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. Ch
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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