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  1. beef56

    Chili Forge

    I don't think I will regret the purchase. The most common complaint about the Chili is the price, not the quality. I could have built one or bought one much cheaper but would they perform? I can almost bet my first burner and forge build would be less than stellar!
  2. beef56

    Chili Forge

    Well, I ordered the Habernero forge today. Sounds like a great product once you get over the sticker shock!
  3. beef56

    Chili Forge

    Thanks Mike for designing the burner. It sounds like Chili used yours and it is a success. I could build a forge and burners but don't want to take the time. I only have a few hours one day a week to work on it. My wife says I would spend $500 on supplies and it still wouldn't work, she may be correct! I am leaning towards the Chili in spite of it's cost.
  4. beef56

    Chili Forge

    I am considering buying a Chili Habernero forge. It seems I would be paying a substantial premium over a NC Forge. Are they that much better quality? I have read that the Chili is more fuel efficient which, if true, could offset that initial cost over time. Also does anyone have any experience regarding re-lining the Chili forge? This may have need discussed in an earlier thread but I don't have much success searching this forum. Thanks in advance!
  5. I am considering a Chili Habernero forge. Has anyone relined or had one relined? Thanks in advance.
  6. beef56

    Wagon wheel rims

    I doubt these wheels have been used since the 30's. So I would guess they are close to 100 years old. We celebrated our centennial in 2010 so the county is relatively young.
  7. beef56

    Wagon wheel rims

    I guess it might work for other projects if not blades. I do need practice!
  8. beef56

    Wagon wheel rims

    Would these bands work for knives? There are 2 sizes, 1/4 ×1" and 3/8x 1.5" both are approximately 44" in diameter. He said " make me an offer" so I think they would be affordable. Would the smaller one make blades or is one thickness too small. I am new to blacksmithing, just trying to gather some materials. Thanks
  9. beef56

    Bladesmith Forge

    I thought about extra insulation but wondered if there was any cheaper material to use under the 2" of insulation. If I were to use 4" of insulation that would still be a chamber 8x20. I haven't done the math but that would take a lot of heat to forge.A lot of the work is done for me, base, pedestal etc. but it is huge!
  10. beef56

    Bladesmith Forge

    I have located a homemade barbecue grill that is constructed from a decent gauge tank mounted on a 3" pipe on a truck rim. It would work for a forge body except the dimensions of the grill are 16"x28". Is there a way to keep the shell intact and decrease the inner dimensions?
  11. beef56

    Newbie

    Should I consider trying to dress those edges that are chipped off this anvil or leave them alone? There are some good edges to work with on this anvil. I worked for a man that said you would go to hell for bending steel cold. I think whoever beat this anvil, chipping it, may have had the same destination. lol
  12. beef56

    Bladesmith Forge

    Thank you sir, I don't have a 20 lb tank here to measure, only 30 lb. I doubt the difference in size between the tank I am proposing and a 20 lb would be noticeable. I will email you regarding supplies. Thanks again! I was curious about the shipping price of a Diamondback forge. After reading the ordering instructions I am positive I will be building my own forge. I felt that company was doing me a big favor taking my money. No thanks!
  13. beef56

    Bladesmith Forge

    I will continue my search for an appreciate cylinder. I live in a VERY rural area and there are not a lot of scavenging opportunities here. That was one reason I was considering a complete forge. I appreciate everyone's advice.
  14. beef56

    Bladesmith Forge

    I have a small pressure tank that I was considering using but it is only 11" in diameter and 13" tall overall with the main body being a little less than 10" tall. Seems like it would be small after finishing the inside? I also have an old oil barrel that is 14" in diameter and 30" tall which could be cut down. Would this be too large to efficiently heat?
  15. beef56

    Bladesmith Forge

    Thanks for the information Mikey. I will check out 101, maybe it will help me decide, if I build, whether to buy a burner or build one. It sounds like a purchased burner may me more efficient, especially for a novice build.