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  1. IFC. This was what I was looking at. BB there is still lots of good useable coal in that barrel half.. Well that is unless it's really is mainly stones and they were just colored by the coal washings. leaves, twigs, grass really any other carbon source is not a problem.. Small rocks and such really for general forge work need not be a problem as it's a lot easier to clean the stuff out when slag/clinker forms on the bottom of the firepot. I would start burning the dirty stuff first thus pooling the rocks and such as clinker in the bottom of the forge and then when I noticed the air throwing up clinker to the metal. Clean the fire and add back in the cleaned coal. This way you are not wasting any coal and the fire now with smaller pieces of coal will be hotter and more intense and clean. I do this even with soft coal that gets shipped with hard coal in it.. Which does happen from time to time.
  2. Billybones, I'm a little confused which doesn't take much. Did you wash the coal? I see a bunch of coal still left in the half barrel. Is this coal or stones?
  3. The best floor is one that does not make your knees sore. some do ok on concrete some do better on dirt. If someone is only forging a few days a week or once a month the floor will become even more important as the body will never have a chance to adapt with so little exposure. I've been in old shops that the floor is thick wood planking. I was also in a shop that the floor was solidly packed clinker from the forge. Not sure how long it took to get the floor packed in.. Have also been in an old shop that the floor was indeed dirt but it looked like concrete. some will put down a layer of lime and this would harden the surface some. My knees do best on even ground that is solid. Dirt around the forge area allows for water to be drawn in that is used for cooling the anvil, metal, etc, etc. Easy to re-level also easy to move items around as a person experiments with how they work as the old way to do it is to bury the stump into the ground 3ft or so. Also as a person moves from one type of forging into others experimenting and needing the vise to be closer or further away. (dig a hole throw the chunk of wood in and bury it) vise is now moved. Today though it can be quite different. With today's cheap steels and the easy of weld fabrication, there is no limit to what can be welded up, a heavy stand can be made that is both portable and solid all at the same time. Same with anvil stands or what have you.
  4. Fantastic. What did you order for valving? Northern tool will ship to American Samoa? That is pretty good.
  5. I'm dirt around the forge works. Cement with a light color in the bench/finish area and machine shop area. Welding area is cement as well. I call cement and concrete the same thing though from what people tell me it's different.
  6. I think there is a lot of things that get done that are not by the book. It's one of the most amazing things about working metals by hand or blacksmithing. It's a very archaic process yet the results can be quite amazing. The human factor plays in all over it and while in Industry the accountability is linked to the process, at each individual shop every smith has their own take on any facet and if the item looks decent and functions as intended the "home" smith won't ever see a real difference unless there is a failure. So, the simple answer is there is a " BEST practice" but many do whatever they want as it's what they do and have done the process a hundred times with good success.
  7. Alloys are particularly susceptible to heat shock so should be treated accordingly. Ideally, its best to heat all high carbon or alloy steels this way as what percentage actually suffers a problem for the blacksmith is probably fairly small but knowing it can be a problem is key.
  8. Yes, few days ago. Read 3/4 all ready. Good addition to the others.
  9. Yes. Ideally heat shock can happen to any of the higher carbon steels and alloys. the outer skin expanding way faster than the inner colder core. Just lay it on the side of the forge while working on something else.
  10. Had a few old SAABs with 350K + and my 2000 Audi A4 1.8T had 460K when I sold it to a friend of mine and was still getting 30mpg every tank full. I didn't start to use synthetics until the Audis. Now that is all I use. Thomas, I think American made cars are getting much better than they used to be as for mileage.
  11. Just about all the old blacksmithing journals had articles submitted for publication by smiths with ideas and each one I think made that very same statement. I personally have given up on trying to make anyone see or think differently. One of the largest factors in this and I think I have pointed it out before. I can be asked pretty much right there on the spot how to forge something or how to make an item happen... With little, if any fanfare as long as there is a minimal amount of tooling (forge, anvil, hammer, vise) I simply make it. If someone gets something from this or not is outside of my control. One simply presents the information to a group or individual and then it takes on a life of it's own. Agree or disagree I no longer really care as once it's seen in action it all speaks for itself. People will take away exactly what they are supposed to. Talent and hard work go hand in hand for some. Understanding of talent, knowledge and application coming together is ideal for most. as a note. A hammer has no bounce when the metal is soft. As the metal hardens up (cools) is when rebound comes more and more into play. If done correctly a heat can last for minutes if forged quickly at the higher heat and then burnishing applied as the item cools./
  12. LOL. I like it.. The truck is the current plow truck so it has a life outside of being a truck.. It's lately been my full-time ride.. did I mention is a cab and chassis. I bought it that way for 3500 and it has the heavy springs in the back and the extra perches. 7.3L diesel. I agree with rental. It can really make sense when or unless one has ample excess cash flow.
  13. I was thinking along the lines of a convertible truck trailer unit. the trailer would mount on the truck or be able to be pulled like a trailer. this way one could get decent toll rates and decent mileage or pull it as a trailer when wanted. Full aluminum and all it would need is a bed, toilet/shower, and kitchenette setup. WE are not in each others lap kind of people but love to be "Nexyou".
  14. it will become self-apparent as things unfold. The only thing stopping me from Rving is the filling of the fuel tank, well that and 6mpg. I get 18mpg in the 2001 F350 4x4 extended cab long bed. Seems like a perfect candidate for conversion of sorts.
  15. I've met the gentleman. Was a pleasure talking with him about hammering and striking and methods. Funny how things work for each person.
  16. Nothing new other than a picture of the last stop progress though I might do a redesign as the throat depth is not enough.
  17. A comealong winch will work though slower than the electric brotheren.
  18. Material is easy to remove and hard to put back. I have a tendency to like softer corners now than when I was younger. I'm not as careful as I was years ago.
  19. Jhcc. No reflection on you, Lisa or the friend. There are many who make a living doing smithing or facets of smithing and are very happy with what they make and what they sell and the customer base.
  20. There is a reason I charge what I charge and it's not because of the smooth , awesome customer with check or cash in hand asking with a huge smile on their face eager to pay me.... It's the other kind. How much, oh.... can I think about it.. Sure, but this price is a special for the next 2hrs. After that the price will be double. And in 4 hrs it will be triple.
  21. Very good I'd say. Must be the instructor/instruction...
  22. That's great Steve, look forward to giving it a good solid read.
  23. Pnut, Don't be sorry. Its this kind of information that us old timers are here for. carbonizing and reducing is the same. I don't really like the use of " reducing" for a solid fuel forge so use carbonizing instead. Pilfered of the interweb. This is in reference to a gas flame. "The reducing flame is the flame with low oxygen. It has a yellow or yellowish color due to carbon or hydrocarbons which bind with (or reduce) the oxygen contained in the materials processed with the flame. The reducing flame is also called the carburizing flame, since it tends to introduce carbon into the molten metal." I gave the demo on the process in reference to the zones of a solid fuel forge and oxidizing, neutral and carbonizing zones of the same fire based on air flow. All 3 zones are controlled simply by the amount of air pushed into the fire. A carbonizing or even a neutral zone will let the metal reach a higher temperature with no sparks until removed from the fires protective shielding for forge welding and such. I showed also that the metal if kept in those safe areas even when over heated won't release the carbon until pulled out to the O2 rich air. Was neat.