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Found 8 results

  1. This is my work in progress traveling barrel forge...need to finish the tuyere & mount the brake drum / leg straps etc. I can't decide what to vent the top of the barrel with pipe wise...Black 8"pipe? This will be sitting outside and burning charcoal & coal. So what do you think? Will this work? Should I keep the pipe to the back of the barrel so it's offset from the fire pot or should I vent it directly over the firepot? Once I get this up & going it will be my first time forging...so excited! Thanks...Bruce
  2. I have this forge. Wish I'd made it from a normal 55gal barrel but didn't. It's a little smaller diameter. I would like to add a portable hood to it. So the whole thing would be portable, and the hood would be optional, say, for when I need the room and the hood gets in the way, I just pull it away. I found several good designs with stacked barrels, but mine isn't 55-gallon size and they look really large. Here's my idea. Will this draw, do you think? Or will breeze outside just laugh at it? I'm not sure if the 5 gallon buckets could be stacked very well if they are tapered. Maybe bottom to top to bottom to top... Even better if the bottom of it could have collapsible legs instead of more buckets... But I just thought of something. If I put a door in the bottom bucket, I could prime the airflow from there until it got drawing good from the center. (?) - Q
  3. After looking into different options for my forge blower (hairdryer, electric duct fans, vacuum cleaners, car heater blowers) I decided to try building my own. After a lot of research on this site and others I concluded that I want a handcranked blower. I didn't have a build plan other than that the only case suitable for a blower was 200l barrel. Other than that I had to use whatever scrap I had lying around. The case is a 230mm cut from the top end of the barrel. The lid sealing the case is a piece of 1,5mm sheet I already had. The axle for the fan is a length of 30mm hydraulic tube and the fan blades are cuts from the barrel sides. The back plate supporting the fan blades is a piece of 4mm plate I also had lying around. The stand and the frame is mostly pieces of steel frame from scrapped sofa and various other bits of scrap. I couldn't find gears large or small enough to get the gearing I needed with just 1 set of gears so I butchered and old excercise cycle for the secondary gear set and the primary is from an broken bicycle. I didn't have any suitable bearings for the fan axle so those I had to buy. Sorry about the lack of pictures from the fabrication. At the time I didn't think this would ever amount to anything but a failure so I found no need to document it. It took me about 12 hours spanned over two weekends to make this. I didn't aim for anything more than a proof of concept so I can see if it's even a functional design. Tools used. 125mm angle grinder, power drill and 150A mig. Now I just need to hook this contraption into my forge and HOPE it pumps enough air. http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38495-barrelblower-mk-i/ This is by far the ugliest thing I've ever built. http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38496-barrelblower-mk-i/ Front side http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38497-barrelblower-mk-i/ Back side http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38498-barrelblower-mk-i/ Barrelpiece fan.
  4. Handcranked forge blower made from parts of 200l barrel, frame of an old sofa, excercise cycle, bicycle, pieces of 1,5mm and 4mm steel plate, 30mm hydraulic tube and two 3,5€ chinese bearings mounted in cuts from 60mm pipe.
  5. Made a fitting for 125mm flexible al tube to the business end of the blower. Now it's hooked up to the forge.
  6. The fan blades are cut from the barrel sides.
  7. Back side. The frame is made from random bits of scrap in a hurry and it shows.
  8. Front side. By far the ugliest thing I've ever built.