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I Forge Iron


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    Farrier work, horseshoe art

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  1. Straw= yellow. I don’t have all the lingo down yet, but working on it. They are not an insulating brick, this was just a quick throw together forge, I plan on turning a grease drum into a forge insulated with kaowool and lined with refractory. The blower has been sitting around our house for a long time, only getting used when kids have friends over to blow up the air mattress. I have an old canister vac to replace it if it dies.
  2. Grade R is the common hose that is rated for acetylene only. Grade T, the hose I have, is rated for propane or acetylene. The gauges are useable on both fuels. The only time I have used acetylene is when I was in school. I prefer the way that an oxy/propane torch cuts, and the only time I had to do oxy/fuel welding was at school.
  3. So I wanted to start out small and inexpensive. I built a low pressure burner based on the YouTube video by Christ Centered Ironworks. Instead of buying the regulator, i am using my Victor cutting torch regular and my T grade hose(planning on getting a short hose just for the forge). The stand is from a table that the local library threw out. The rest of the metal was from the scrap/drop rack. I “borrowed” the air mattress blower, which works excellently. The local hardware store only had 8 firebricks, so the remaining 3 bricks are on order. I fired it up today, and using 2psi of propane and 3/4 open air, got a horseshoe to straw color in about 5 minutes.
  4. This was buried in a pile of rotten hay and the collapsed roof. I was able to salvage most of the lumber in the house- true 2x’s in the entire house with balloon framing-20’+ boards. There weren’t many solid boards put into the burn pile. Lots of elm saplings, shake shingles, and a ton of trash that the last tenants left. I’m surprised that the anvil was still there, as every scrap of metal was ripped out of there(too many meth-heads around here). I will get the serial # when I get home. I will probably have to grind the numerous layers of paint and junk off to even see the stamping- took 20 minutes to just clean off the side to see the markings.
  5. This anvil followed me home from a job cleaning up an old farmstead. I haven’t built a stand yet, but this tub is knuckle high. I got to keep anything I wanted from there while I was tearing everything down. Too many absentee landowners that are just looking at the bottom line. Everything I didn’t want was pushed into a pit and burned. Then it was covered over with topsoil and will be farmed in the spring.
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