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WNC Goater

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  1. I was surprised at how quickly I sold the first batch of folded crosses. I used 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" square bar for three different sizes. You can turn them out fairly quickly. The pigtail steak flippers are good too. I use square stock and twist it.
  2. I would suggest you go to the solid fuel forge section and read Charles Stevens thread, "Just a box of dirt" and start from there. It has been very helpful to me. Here is the link to that thread: Also others will chime in and likely start...well nevermind. Just the more info you can give about the type of forge you have, and it's intended use will be helpful.
  3. In my rather limited experience here, at times the opposite of that seems to be the goal.
  4. +1 on JHCC's recommendation on Charles' JABOD thread. Lots of good info.
  5. Tractor Supply has the 1" brick, if you have one nearby.
  6. You've got to wonder, what in the world did they do when they were "way out yonder" crossing plains and broke a spoke.
  7. Walmart has an inflatable pool/air mattress pump. They are about $12 and come with little nozzles with different size holes which can regulate airflow. Those little nozzles plug nicely into a vacuum hose. The pump has an on-off switch. If you look at one of the first pictures in Charles Stephens' JABOD thread you can see one of those little pumps I'm talking about on the back of his forge. He regulates it with a ball valve. You could probably rig it up with your pvc/valve.
  8. I don't know if you've read it but Charles Stevens has an excellent, EXCELLENT thread, heck a tutorial, on this very thing at the top of this particular forum. I bet I've read it through 6-8 times as I plan my own box of dirt...with a few modifications. Even doing a Google search will lead to this thread & I have yet to find anything on an internet search or YouTube that will have more information on the very thing you are making, than that thread mentioned.
  9. Works REALLY well with coal too! Just recently discovered.
  10. Forgive me for offending you with a simple question. I will indeed move on.
  11. Okay, now I'm confused again. "usually made from coal"...I thought it WAS coal, just coal that had converted to coke by burning. (?) (Burning wood converting to charcoal would be the closest analogy I could think of that would be a similar process.) I'm still pondering using coke, specifically, as forge fuel. Why? Does the coal not convert to coke and THAT is what produces the intense heat we use for forging? Why would one use coke specifically if the coal automatically converts to coke anyway? By that I mean, it seems it would add significantly to the cost if there is a process
  12. It was mentioned above but the kens custom iron site sells "quick tongs" and "rapid tongs". They are cheap, like $9.50-$12.50. Cut out with water jet, you forge out the finish and assemble. By the time you draw out the reins you'll have some hammer time in. They work good. Like every other newb at this I have tried forging tongs. I've made about 5 pair now. Some are barely functional, some a little better, all of them butt ugly. :-) Never can get the boss just right. I'm bound and determined to make some nice ones, but it is way more difficult than it looks! But the Kens tongs wi
  13. My 2 cents... Harbor Freight is not your friend. That's all. Okay, with the possible exception of consumables like grinding/cutting discs, welding gloves, etc. MAYBE a hammer. But NO to any power tools. Get something name brand.
  14. Okay, so cooking down soft bituminous blacksmithing coal produces coke. Cooking down hard anthracite coal (which isn't typically used for blacksmithing) produces the "industrial coke" which burns and behaves differently. I assume it burns hotter, (?) and using THAT would necessitate a thicker or beefed up firepot & forge components. Is this correct? If so, it all makes sense now.
  15. But these are 24" x 24" "portable" forges. So I would not guess these to be industrial equipment. Again though, there is a difference between coke and the coke that forms from burning coal in a forge? link removed
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