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  1. Painted my anvil stand to protect the metal, I also charred the wood while I was at it, then rubbed it down with BLO. I wasn't too careful with the paint so I slathered it over the anvil base and also on the end grain..
  2. Worked 4 hours (time went fast, I was surprised) and all I got done was drawing out two reins for a pair of tongs.
  3. Dragged home an induction motor, I tend to accumulate these when I find them for a good price (20 euros) and near me. Got a shelf of various motors now, this one was 2900rpm (2 pole) though. Bit unusual but useful. Might build a smaller portable blower from this to use in the machine shop as a more powerful shop vac / dust collector. Or I will use it to drive my 2x72 grinder which is being built atm, but I have a 4kw motor too for that which I think is better suited.
  4. Ah well, as to that I removed the top of the barrel when I made the forge so the bottom is solid. Hole it is then.
  5. True but I need to dry it out for the same reasons, just gotta do a burn in again, maybe several times. It's very annoying. The bricks don't seem to get so wet though, it's mostly the mix. There are some bricks buried in the sand/clay mix but I think they are pretty well insulated at all times. I wonder if a small hole in the bottom of the drum would be a good idea, so water can drain.
  6. Not sure if the forum can embed video, but I hard to burn it in again with charcoal, just used the hair dryer for this. Rained alot overnight and the inside was soggy and wet despite the cover. I have sealed up the joint between the two barrels whch I think might be responsible for the excessive water ingress. But, just a look at the forge running on full blast, too much blast for forging, but cool looking. https://i.imgur.com/70BVMSR.mp4
  7. Just a brain bug, it happens to me now and then. I do infact know of the difference between casting and smelting, but like I said brain bugs happen, especially when using another language (my native tongue is swedish)
  8. You can smelt cast iron for sure, to make cast iron stuff. Checkout luckygen1001 on youtube for cast iron smelting. Now can you use cast iron as a source to make steel or something to forge, that I don't know.
  9. Arranged some bricks, will try it later and see if it makes any difference. Could adjust the one brick to close it up more. Also need a more permanent way to attach the air hose than duct tape.
  10. Sorry I use coke instead so my requirements are different. Mainly I made that comment because several people have commented that the wheel forge is a bad starting point and so on, but from what I could see in your linked thread, you have basically built a JABOD forge, then later you put in firebricks instead to shape the firepit. Still seems to me like it has got the normal shape I have observed others make. So what does it matter what the container is, a semi wheel or a 55 gallon drum or a wooden box? The important bits AFAIK are the shape & dimensions of the firepit, the locati
  11. I looked at your forge thread and size and shape wise it looks similar to other charcoal forges I've seen posted on this site as guides for others, so I don't see the problem with it?
  12. If you are referring to me using a bigger pile of coke, I was thinking in terms of insulation rather than burning more coke, as was explained to me, if you pile a load of coke in a forge, it will only burn where there is fresh air, as coke does not self combust, so piling more coke on means the hot spot in the forge gets buried, i.e. insulated and doesn't lose heat ot the surroundings as quickly. I suppose a wall or room of bricks around the fire would do a similar thing.
  13. I use a new blower now, engine room fan with a PWM for controlling the fan speed and it moves more air than a blow dryer does I would say. The coke fire seems to be working better with the increased air blast, I also put in a bigger pile of coke this time so I coule heap it up, I understood this was good for retaining the heat. Someone (a sword smithing guy) also said it might be good to line the backside of the forge with more bricks to reflect the heat, even a small roof over the coal fire would be good. I removed the metal pipe entirely and just left the hole the pipe made in the clay,
  14. It's supposedly an engine room fan, it had decent specs and I was recommended it by others who used it for their forge, though they did not use the PWM, running it at full blast gives a lot of air though I have a lot of leakages in my current setup.
  15. I got quite a lot of things finished today, I hafted my latest axe (longest one) And I finished this blower with a PWM controller for my forge, used an old tool box to keep the electronics in. Got great control of the air flow now. And I got started on my solar air heater for the shop: I also made a hook today but that's the one thing I forgot to take a photo of.
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