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  1. I have this issue, except I haven't used any flux. It's a syrupy goop on the floor. Only used the gas forge 2x. it appeared the first time about 45 minutes into it. Now it is pretty thick, about 1/8'" to 1/4". I have no clue what caused it. Yes i did forge weld in it, but again .. no flux. I did heat it up slowly. It's only in the spot i put the steel. Now i have to replace the fire brick on the floor. Which mean dismantling the whole forge. I have a magestic forge 3 burner. Not sure what to do or how to combat this.
  2. Yes it was a matter of the paper and kindling burning to fast because I had the air on to high. Also a contributing factor was using coke instead of coal to start the fire. I rectified the situation and have started the forge in under 5 minutes. Thank you all for the suggestions, it worked. "Judge me by the size of my hammer, do you? ...And well you should not! For my ally is the Forge, and a powerful ally it is." ...Forge Master Yoddle Michael... What's wrong with the anvil stand? Seen many stands made like mine. It works least as far as I can tell. The only change I think I may make is to change the feet. I have 2 1/2" feet on the bottom. I think I need to reposition them. An easy fix. "Judge me by the size of my hammer, do you? ...And well you should not! For my ally is the Forge, and a powerful ally it is." ...Forge Master Yoddle
  3. Hey now... I own 3 kilts myself. Cant get more manly than a guy forging in a kilt. lol And yes I solved the issue of starting up the forge. I put the blower on low, and I used a little bit of coal before I thru coke on it. Worked like a charm. "Judge me by the size of my hammer, do you? ...And well you should not! For my ally is the Forge, and a powerful ally it is." ...Forge Master Yoddle
  4. JHCC... Good point. I am using Bituminous coal and coke. I didn't think to put a disclaimer for Anthracite coal. Thank you for mentioning it. "Judge me by the size of my hammer, do you? ...And well you should not! For my ally is the Forge, and a powerful ally it is." ...Forge Master Yoddle
  5. Lou L, I agree with you about the fuel waste, it wasn't wasted. I was making a point on how the average person would see all the negatives and get discouraged. Me on the other hand. I actually had fun and learned a lot. That is why I said it was a success. I loved working with the forge today, even tho I didn't make anything. Another thing I forgot to add is that I learned is ...color. Didn't look like the videos. I noticed there was a big difference from looking at heated metal it in the sunlight as opposed to looking at it in the shade. I have my forge mobile and just outside the carriage house, but my anvil is just inside the carriage house. The metal changed a few shades of color when going from direct sunlight to shade. Something I need to be mindful of. Think that was a contributing factor in me burning the metal as well. Anyways Happy Forging "Judge me by the size of my hammer, do you? ...And well you should not! For my ally is the Forge, and a powerful ally it is." ...Forge Master Yoddle
  6. OK well made some rookie mistakes first time forging: 1-Burnt the metal a few timed and ruined the piece. Realized that you don't have to have the blower on high to heat up a 1/2 piece of stock to white hot. Note to newbies like me... do yourself a favor, don't leave the stock in the fire long, constantly check the color. I made the mistake thinking that it would take some time for it to heat back up... nope. If you have something to do like... idk... grabbing a new bag of coal from the other side of the shop and opening it and pouring it into the coal bucket then adding it to the fire....pull your stock out of the fire until you are back in front of the forge, it will burn and melt. Lesson learned lol. 2-Stock was too big for the wolf-jaw tongs I have. This must be a big mistake a lot of us rookies make. I had a very hard time controlling the stock while hammering it. THIS COULD LEAD TO A TRIP TO THE EMERGENCE ROOM! The stock could get away from you and cause serious injury. I realized I was fighting a losing battle so I shut down the forge (I only have two pieces of stock at the moment, will go get smaller ones like 3/8") 3-Make sure you have enough coal at the ready, AND monitor your blower. I went thru a pretty good amount of fuel the first time cause I left the blower on constantly. Then I had to go open another small bag of coal. While doing this I left the stock in the fire... reference #1 lol. 4-Right tool for you, and the right technique for the job... Just because other people are using 3/3.5/4 pound hammers doesn't mean that it is the right size hammer for you. I have a 2.5 and 3 pounder. Was using the 2.5 pounder... for the first time. It got heavy at the wrist real quick. Realized I was using a death grip on the hammer, and I was holding it in the wrong place. I choked up on it about 3/4-1" from the bottom of the handle. Found it to be much more comfortable. Also noticed that maybe I need to move to a 2 pounder until my body gets accustomed and conditioned to the motions and the work involved. Or until my arm gets stronger. No shame in this for anyone for going to a smaller hammer if needed. 5-Rome wasn't built in a day... I was trying to make something simple like a coal rake and botched it up (refer to # 1/2/3/4 lol) No problem, I will just try again with the lessons learned today. Don't quit just because something went wrong, its a learning lesson. I didn't create anything today but I pounded on some metal for a few hours. Believe it or not I actually learned ALOT today. 6- Fire maintenance... I didn't realize how much fuel one can go thru if we don't pay attention to the forge. LEAVE THE BLOWER OFF WHEN THE STOCK IS NOT IN THE FIRE, save yourself some fuel, it isn't cheap. It will only take 3-7 seconds for the temp to come back to forging level. ok ok... maybe 5-10 seconds. But you get the point. All that time you are hammering and dressing your piece with the blower on is wasting fuel. Also, depending on the type of blower you have, the HIGH setting isn't always needed. I found that my blower on low was adequate to bring the 1/2" mild steel to forging temp. (its a hair dryer). I didn't make anything today... I wasted fuel... I used the wrong tools for the job... almost had a bad accident (refer to #2)... Over all I would have to say it was an overwhelming SUCCESS! I learned more today by failing to produce something than I would had I made the coal rake without problems. Next time I start up the forge I will try not to make the same mistakes. Who knows I may produce something next time.... Remember always think positive, learn from your mistakes and don't give up. Remember #5. It takes time and experience... Happy Forging. "Judge me by the size of my hammer, do you? ...And well you should not! For my ally is the Forge, and a powerful ally it is." ...Forge Master Yoddle
  7. Lets see if this works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkPF9Pow7xM&feature=youtu.be
  8. Sorry Thomas I misspoke out of frustration and typed coal instead of coke. My apologies. And the area is 2" diameter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkPF9Pow7xM&feature=youtu.be
  9. cast iron grill. I used the cast iron grilling grates as the interface. I welded one on top of the other at right angles to produce small squares about 3/8". Yes I have a bag of coke and a bag of coal. I figured I would use the coke and put the green coal around the fire to burn off the impurities and turn it into coke. Should I be using the coal to start the fire and add coke afterwards? I have seen people on video start up the hearth with coke.
  10. all piping is 2" diameter black iron, flange welded to the break drum, 4 inch long pipe, T connecter, 4 inch long pipe to a twist on cap, the horizontal pipe is 6 inch long with a two speed hair dryer duck taped to it. Yes I tried it on low and on high. Am wondering if I shouldn't be trying to use coal instead of coke to start the fire.
  11. I have the standard "T" with a cap on the ash gate. Piping is 2" black iron. So you are saying that I may have too much air going to the firepot?
  12. The dryer has two setting low and high. was using it on low.
  13. Using Bituminous coke. Break drum forge with a hair dryer as a blower. Repurposed an old gas grill. I have tried to upload a video of it but cant get it to upload.
  14. I have tried everything. Watched the videos, read the how to's, read the forums... put it into practice... nothing.. 2 1/2 hours or trying to start the XXXX thing. Even went and bought a torch to light the coal like I seen on a few videos... nothing. I built the forge, but I have yet to be able to use it. Fustrating. I am at my wits end. Tried the rolled up paper ball, the mushroom ball, the wood and kindling.... nothing works. I have watched people start their fires within 3-5 minutes. I followed their instruction to the letter. I don't know what I am doing wrong.
  15. Well my first attempt at building a forge is complete. Took longer than expected. I repurposed an old gas grill. Yes I know the welds sux, but it was my first time welding. I learned that welding sheet metal doesn't work, even at the lowest setting, it melts the sheet metal.. I should have bought steel plate. Lesson learned. So plez don't give me crap about the welds, I know they aren't very good lol. Made my anvil stand by using 2x6 cut at 10". I put some feet on the bottom. Think I am gonna take them off. It rocks a little. Either because the floor is uneven or my cuts may have been uneven. IDK anyways tell me what you guys think. Tried to upload a short video but it didn't take for some reason.