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  1. Dang pnut, you mention of a place to put hot steel to cool made me think about a place to put smaller chunks of cold steel, yet to be forged. Most of my smaller (<12") goes into a bucket, which I need to dump and dig through from time to time. Some of which could be on the shelf under the forge, ready to grab, and go. I think I'll add the shelf after all.
  2. I was reading somewhere here about the use of a 55 gallon drum for a forge. And the worries expressed about cutting barrels that have contained flammable stuff. Yes, given the choice, I will cut a food barrel, instead of a fuel barrel. But sometimes we don't have a choice. After years of repairing gas tanks of all kinds, I've learned that it can be safely done with no worries. There are 3 things that are required for combustion, take away any one of those, and combustion cannot/will not happen. those 3 things are; #1 fuel, #2 oxygen, #3 ignition source. The easiest to remove is ignition source, by not cutting that barrel. 2nd easiest is to remove the oxygen, I purge the tank, or barrel, with exhaust from a running engine. Then I cut, weld, or whatever. There are some fuels with their own oxidizing agent, Nitromethane, and alcohol, come to mind. But, you can still make the mixture of fuel to oxygen too rich to burn by the exhaust purge process. Now if it's a solid fuel, such as that used in rocket motors, all bets are off. That stuff is designed to burn in a vacuum. But chances of getting a drum that's had any in it are very slim. It's what works for me, and has since 1985.
  3. Picture removable wheels for moving helicopters on the ground. It doesn't have to be that fancy, you can use what you have on hand. use 3, one as a castor.
  4. Legs are braced. I would never leave it like that, all wobbly and, such. Thought about adding a shelf, but decided that I didn't need another "catch all". Thanx for the thoughts on the fire pot. I'll modify it.
  5. I fabricated an anvil from a couple chunks of steel, and now need a stand for it. I've found a gum tree that's died, and not fallen yet. I think it may still be solid enough if I cut it down tomorrow. Some of the bark is starting to come off, but I think it may just be where the horses chewed it. Will Sweet gum be a decent anvil stump?
  6. Look at the floor of my shop. Lots of welding, and grinding goes on there, along with various red hot chunks of steel being dropped, (oops butter fingers). I prefer to work on a wood floor, easier on the back, and other joints.
  7. I needa find a stump big enough to properly hold it. :)
  8. I think this was a drop from something. It was 53" long to start, with no taper. Found it at the scrap yard.
  9. I plan to make a good end to use, as well. That way I can flip it to end or edge. I don't know what steel it is, but I suspect a low to medium carbon content, (based upon sparks) around 30 or so, but don't know the alloy. It has a slight ring to it, when struck on end. It's made from the piece that it's sitting on. I cut two 12" pieces, surfaced the mating surfaces, beveled, and sewed them together with 7014 rod. (what I had on hand)
  10. The beginnings of what I hope to be a decent anvil. 4" by 8" by 12" about 108 pounds.
  11. Yes fire pot is kinda thin at 3/16" But it's what I had on hand. I think it will work for a while. Thanx for the replies, and tips.
  12. Too much air when it blows the charcoal out of the box. I need to cut in a sizable waste gate, to better control air flow. If I leave the ash dump open, air is about right. Tuyere is 2 1/4" exhaust pipe, fed with 1 7/8" to a hair dryer.
  13. Built a fire in the new forge, to burn off what little paint remains on the firebox. Found out that I have too much air for charcoal.