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  1. I already went and added more clay/sand mix so now it's all level with the cut and the fire pit is a little deeper. This way I don't have cut out any metal to lay a piece flat into the fire.
  2. Heh, she is actually a he, and he's got a tabby brother.
  3. I mixed up sand and some bentonite powder today, maybe it was 1 part clay to 3 parts sand. It made a moldable mess however, and I covered the bricks I got in there and then started building up the sides and then I formed the fire pit using a small bowl. I rammed down the sand with a piece of wood to help pack it down. I could yet add more mixture to bring more of the inside up so it's even with the edge I cut, that would give me a deeper fire pit too, current depth is 3 inches. The pipe is an OD of 20mm and ID of maybe 18mm. It's a bit on the thin side I think but I have lots of pipe li
  4. Almost 50 euros for this bag 25kg or 50lbs, 35 + 12.90 in shipping. Actually it's less than 25kg, the post office label specified the weight and it was 23 kilos with an additional packaging box so obviously not filling them as much as he should.... But it's the sole place in Finland that sells coke in small quantities. Does the quality look good at least to the experts here?
  5. I'm not really following any precise dimensions here, I just went with what I thought looked "right" and sorta like the pictures, that's the level of precision I was working with. I was mostly concerned that the bottom part would be deep enough to work with the additional bricks put in there, that's why everything got moved upwards. But I liked the idea of bricks on the floor of the pit. All edges were deburred too
  6. Well got some progress today, cut open one of the drums. Filled the bottom with bricks and tried to imagine roughly how the pit should be formed. The air blast should be located on the side and not in the back like in the picture though. I might make the opening taller yet. Also got my coke today:
  7. Just purely theoretical pondering here, but couldn't TIG welding be a suitable process here. You'd still need to preheat and post-heat the anvil, but it seems for this type of damage, do you even need filler, tig fusion welding could make those marks flow back together again, though a little filler rod seems like it wouldn't hurt then you could grind it down flat. But it seems like TIG would input minimal heat from the welding process.
  8. OK I think I will experiment a bit with chimney sizes first, I have some pipes in various sizes. You said bigger is not always better so if I took the implication of that to mean there is a more optimal size than the 24", but that doing this is the simplest way. Not that it matters that much that I get the last ounce of performance I can squeeze out of this setup, but more for curiositys sake. It's an experimenting platform as you said. Today I am going and getting some bricks, found someone giving them away and what's better than free. The SO wants them too for making raised gardening be
  9. Yeah I believe most of these axes where iron with a forge welded on steel for edge. They made them for quite a long time though and the method of construction changed over time though, the latter ones I think where all steel, think they stopped making them around the 70s.
  10. Ooh right now I got you. Kinda difficult to keep the snow and rain out though
  11. OK here's how the axe head turned out: Brand is Kellokoski, they where the 2nd most popular finnish axe makers, Billnäs was always the market leader, but this axe looked so much like a Billnäs I thought it was one until I got it cleaned up. Kellokoski copied the Billnäs look since they where no.1 in peoples minds. The eye looks like maybe it was forge welded together? Or how to interpret those edges at the front and back, looks like two seams meeting, maybe just the drift that was like that?
  12. If I understand you correctly, there is a 16 inch constriction before the 24 inch chimney portion? Is this to help create a better draft?
  13. Yes I thought the opening looked too big on the first link, the 2nd link has a design with a smaller opening and a small chimney, the chimney looks a bit small on that one, but otherwise it seems a lot like what I had imagined. That's a big chimney, don't think I will go quite that big, the chimney in the 2nd link looks a bit too small to do much good on the other hand.
  14. This thread shows a forge design very close to what I have in mind.
  15. I went and bought a couple of 55 gallon drums last night so I could start building a simple forge using dirt, bricks, cat litter or whatever. This way I hope t get started cheaper and faster and I wont have to wait for my new shed to be completed, which won't happen until next year at best. Side blast design is what I am going with, I am going to start with coke but want to keep my options open for charcoal. But other than that I am quite open ended about the design. I am leaning towards cutting the drum so it will have an integrated hood and chimney. I think it might be worth going
  16. I'm gonna let them air out a few days and also fill with water. I left the hatchet head in the solution overnight and it will keep on going while I am at work today. I wonder if I should've gotten a third barrel, been thinking of making a stove too to burn scrap wood in. Oh well gotta pace the projects out...
  17. Hmmm, going by some of the comments, it would almost seem as if welding an anvil is almost guaranteed to destroy the anvil. It seems strange to me because I have seen it done a lot by other smiths, preheating and welding seems to be common across the world, using the right rod. I personally know a guy who has repaired several anvils this way and he uses them, and I know there's a yearly event somewhere in the north east USA where people get their anvils repaired like this: https://imgur.com/gallery/nzunV I understand it's not an easy process and shouldn't be done by just anyone, but
  18. Went and bought two steel drums from a guy nearby, turned out to be a teacher I had in high school. Figure I will try my hand on a 55 gallon forge before I start welding one from steel. The 2nd one I figured I could use to store coal in. Used to contain diesel in the 1970s. Also picked up an old axe head, currently marinating in the electrolysis solution
  19. Most people I have talked to, including my friend who has done some bit of blacksmithing says charcoal is not economical. But they all run bottom blast forges. I have read they go through charcoal so fast compared to a side blast. I do not understand why this is, the shape of the bowl perhaps, too large, or that the air stream goes directly through the whole pile from bottom up whereas in a side blast it only directly passes through part of it. I too want to try coke, I have ordered a 25kg back of coke, it wasn't very cheap, 48 euros with shipping. But it was labeled pajakoksi or "smithin
  20. I think I forgot a comma! I meant "Now, I have a garage shop, but it's full already." Hence building a 2nd shop (just gonna be an uninsulated shed).
  21. Here's my future shop for smithing, all I got so far! Now I have a garage shop, but it's full already. Once inside the garage port, woodworking section: Behind the plastic drape, metalworking: Not finding any good images of my shop, but I guess here you can see there's another room, keep my welder there, and other stuff. There's a lathe hidden behind the mill. Vew from the lathe:
  22. Chiming in to say diabetes sucks, did you know you can get it from a bum gall bladder? One of the knock on effects can be a damaged pancreas. I got some function left but have to take insulin and pills.
  23. I've been in Vietnam in 2013 myself when I visited Ho chi Minh city with my fiancé as well as her sister & husband. Her parents are from vietnam, in the Hanoi region. They said people they talked to thought they were korean because they had apparently an accent from growing up in Finland.
  24. Well, I liked the idea of reusing free material I had on hand, that was basically scrap and taken out of the firewood shed or was cutoffs from other projects. And I thought it would end up looking nice. I think it does look nice and a bit unique.
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