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  1. Seems to me I followed the quote policy - trimmed quotes to just the relevant line of text and only quoted the prior post when there were multiple quotes in series (without quoting the prior post, it would be really odd to respond to a post without a quote, after a few quoted excerpts from prior posts - would not read well at all and would cause a reader to go searching for context), but in the interests of "When in Rome", no more quoting...and can quote me on that ;-)
  2. The I think the box itself is only around 8 inches deep. I'll check out the stickies on the hood - sounds like a great idea. It only 6" across - standard stove pipe. Hmm, closest thing I have might be the "anvil" plate on the back of a bench vice - probably a plate around 3 X 5, but I'll look around for more possibilities.
  3. For sure - I've been scouting around for various JABOD designs - there's quite a range it seems. Some seem pretty technical ( for what is effectively a box of dirt) while others are literally three bricks and a trench. It may seem strange, but I'm almost more intrigued buy the forge build, than I am the I've gathered up my "scrap metal that might be a forge" pile, so that I can see my options. LOL - yes - definitely kidding with gong to buy a special knife making-hammer - My primary mission right now is to have fun designing and building a working forge, then probably tweaking that design a bit, and then probably a bit more. I'm trying to avoid doing what I usually do - running out to buy "all the things" only to discover some of them are wrong, others are not the best thing and yet others never really get used....So, for this adventure, I'm actually trying to avoid the store - sort of a challenge - can I make this work with just what I can find on 5 acres. I freely admit - I'm that guy. Not hammers per-say, but I've been known to be partial to a specific tool or device. Its bad practice of course, but I my have even blamed other "lesser" devices for my inability to get something to work. Some people say I'm just obsessive, slightly compulsive, somewhat inflexible, disliking of change and prone to think I'm right more often than reality will allow.....but those people are clearly wrong, obviously my success can by tied directly to the mystic powers of my favorite tool. I do have a 55gal drum available. I had been saving it for pit-firing clay pots (another idea I've been wanting to try) but I don't have any clay pots, or clay, or in fact a kiln to bisque fire, so.....55 gallon drum is available. A lot to digest there - but I think I follow. I thought about using firebrick, as you've suggested - but I only have regular brick (and a 1000 metric tones of rocks and boulders) laying around. I was under the impression you would not want to use regular red / yellow brick but only fire brick - is that accurate? If I can avoid firebrick I will - its not a cost factor, but I've set myself a challenge to try build this only with what I can find on the property - That said, I wont compromise the forge if I really need something. Soil up here is not clay - our property actually sits on a gravel pit - or at least the same material that you'd find in a gravel pit. Digging here is NOT fun (installed 1700 linear feet or horse fence, 200 poles, never again). The composition tends to be rocky, gravel - little sand, not much clay. Lots of magnetic rocks...iron ore or something? Also have piles of 5/8ths-minus and arena mix (pipe bedding and sand mix) and also a pile of course sand (looks nothing like typical sand, but that's what its called). Have some typical "dirt" from old raised beds. I little less clear on the hood idea - I had planned on something as a wind-break / Spark shield I don't actually have an anvil - I was thinking I might use the a-frame "saw horse" thing in the picture as a temporary measure - Its very stout, the top is two lengths of 3/16 to 1/4" angle iron welded together - either that or I can use it as a tool holder?
  4. I hadn't thought about the drum - I think I even have a 50g drum around here too. I'll take a closer look at the box - I might even have a stand for it - some sort of metal sawhorse thing that was left in the barn.
  5. Hello everyone. Let me be clear, I know nothing about forges, forging, blacksmithing, bladesmithing or metalwork really in general, EXCEPT.....I have watched thee seasons of Forged In Fire and I stayed at a Holiday in Express last night, so, I might actually be a total expert..... I've been thinking (and encouraged by my wife) to build a basic forge and whack on some metal with a hammer, and see if it turns into something.....the hammer does all the work...right?.....I probably need to buy a special knife-making hammer....anyway.... I initially thought a propane forge would be the way to go, but came across the idea of JABOD forges, which I actually think would be sort of interesting to build anyway, even if I can't forge my way out of a wet paper sack. So I was all set on that idea when I came across the idea of a brake drum forge, and I happen to have two drums from a '68 Cadillac just laying around getting in the way. BUT THEN....I remembered that I had a bunch of junk in a pile, much of which came from the old coal furnace HVAC system in my house (it was built in 1941)and I wondered if there was anything I could use for a forge, rather than scrap it. So - my questions are these - Thoughts on JABOD forge versus brake drum forge? - I am fairly good at building, have fabrication experience, but haven't forged a thing, ever - so....noob. AND....looking at the pieces of junk pictured...see any potential forge designs that might make use of this stuff? I'd hate to toss it after looking at it for years, only to find out I had the makings of a great beginner forge. I appreciate any feedback.