I'm trying to design a new forge since my first one is a pile of bricks from menards that barely heats to 2200 degrees F. After reading this forum for hours, I'm coming close to my design. Hoping to get some advice before I build anything. Plus maybe someone else can use what I do wrong in the future.
The shape kind of takes after video removed dur to advertising by alec steele, but with 1 burner and significantly smaller.
The burner is a Mikey style 3/4 Venturi Burner from his book. Its as advanced and tuned as we were able to get it.
I planned on having it pointing at one of the sides of the inside of the dome to get the swirl. I know where to find the post about how deep to put it.
The forge is a bottom with a dome shape on top, with 12 gauge steel. It would have 2, 1" ceramic blanket layers (with the rigidizer), followed up by 1/2in Kastolite 30 (With kiln wash). All with a kiln shelf floor.
I was thinking to build it in 2 parts, the top and bottom. Then have the arch sitting on either kastolite or blanket to seal the gaps. For ease of construction.
The limiting factors I've found are that I only have 1 burner, and I've already purchased 10lbs of kastolite so I'm trying not to need more
Is there anything wrong with my design?
Do you have any advice with the way im building it?
Should I make it longer? Its at 261 In^3 with 10 inches length. So according to the 300in^3 per burner I could add a little.
I haven't thought about what I should do for any sort of forge doors. We have firebrick but I've read that it sucks in heat.
Will it provide enough heat with this setup?
I want to make this forge as nice as I can, so it can last a long time and provide what I need.