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  1. Hi all, this is my first post on here and I’ve come to quite the conundrum. This is my first time trying to build a forge or any burners. I’m not any sort of propane expert and I’m trying to build a forge burner. I got my design off of youtube and have tried two different ones. Neither of them have worked even though I built them almost identical to the video. I see so many that look exactly like mine and I have tried many different things with airflow, hole size, nipple length, adjusting the psi… nothing works and I was hoping to possibly get some answers on here. Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated and thanks so much if anyone reads this! Side note: sorry if anything about this post is wrong… it’s my first time. Pics attached
  2. Hello, folks. I've lurked these forums for a while now and I am just finally starting to put enough together to feel like I should join and join in. I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and live in the Paper Valley. I'm in my mid 30s, have a degree in creative writing of all things, and work in insurance. In college I took courses in art metals, smithing, casting, and forging, so I have a little bit of foundational knowledge, but since it was all focused on artistic creation I wouldn't say I've got a great handle on all of this. I've got a passion for creating things and I've always wanted to work a forge since I was 12 and went to a reenactment with the boy scouts. I've been trying to accumulate stuff to get my start as cheaply as possible, which is why I've been lurking for like 6 months. In the last 2 weeks I finally started building a forge. I've got a working propane burner, a propane tank cut open with all the holes poked in approximately the right places, today a buddy welded a hinge and clasp on it for me so I can open and ose the front and I just lined the whole thing with an inch of kaowool, stuck down with refractory cement (like glue on the outside, not in the middle lining it). I've got a 3 lb hammer from harbor freight that I've shaped into a serviceable rounding hammer. Still working on rigidizer, castable refractory, and a kiln coating to finish it off. So wow, that was an info dump. Sorry. Anyway, hi, I'm glad to have finally joined and looking forward to contributing.
  3. Hey everyone, new guy here. Looking to get started soon and just wanted to say Hi! Located in central Illinois. Always been interested, finally starting to work on collecting some equipment to get started and super excited to be here!
  4. So, kicking around some ideas lately has led me to try and figure out a way to use an easy and cheap refractory-ish material that can be obtained for relatively little in the way of both time, and money. First off, the 3D model concept included here is in no way final. If you want, I can upload it, but the dimensional breakdown is as follows anyhow: base: this is essentially totally scale-able. anything from a general use forge effective from rivets and nails to axes and tongs to a charcoal fired sword forge. basically, what you want to do is line up bricks from 3-wide to 5-wide and 5-long to whatever you want, for the base of it. then, make a second layer of bricks on top of that one with the row in the middle missing, and one or more side bricks missing in order to allow the air porting. (Either one in the middle, or two with one brick in between) Next, you'll need to add the plaster sand mix to the fire pot. place some cinder blocks or bricks to block off the ends of the trough and then lay a PVC pipe of any thickness into the air trough (1/2 inch would be best) and either cut it so that it ends in the middle or at the end of the air trough. now, you'll need to mix 1 part sand, 1 part plaster, and 1 part water together. try not to make too much, but if you think you have, use it as mortar for the bricks in the assembly. Once the mixture is partially solid (The consistency of mud, almost) pour it into the trough over the PVC pipe and cut a V into the center. Make sure that the PVC segment is covered with the mixture (At least 1/4 inch worth) so that it's somewhat shielded from the heat (Don't worry if it melts or burns though, the plaster mix will hold its shape perfectly even if the stiffener is gone.) and leave to dry.Once dried, you'll need to start work on the cover. There are many options for the cover, but here's the basics: you need some form of U shape with the back enclosed. You can close off the back with steel, so don't worry too much about that. it'll also need a hole in the back to vent out hot gasses somewhere other than your face. It can be made with a mold, or with something to prop it up (A bucket, piece of sheet metal, etc., will work great) and you can make it on top of the base this way. The 3D model has my approximation of the location of the fireball (Just guessing) and most of the concept for you, but the above information should help you make one. I'm going to be making one soon, but the basic cost for the normal size one would be about 10 bucks for the bricks if you use the 2x4x8 ones that come anywhere around 40 Cents each., plus a bag of plaster and a bag of sand ends up at about 40 bucks (Assuming you're getting 50 pound bags of plaster and sand) total, with enough left over to make a Re-bar grid for the air outlets, which you can just build into the plaster to anchor. Not too bad as far as costs go! If you are not a fan of stooping down to your forge, make sure that it's on a table when you're making it where it can have a permanent residence, or use bricks to build up a base and then place some plywood or other sheet material on top of it. This is the concept for the forge. Orange ball = approximate location of the fireball. Air in and out ports as well as the air inlet are visible. This is intended to have a metal sheet or baking tin used as a front cover to hold in heat, but can just as easily be used without. you may also want to add in a hole over the air outlet so charcoal can be dropped in from above, but be sure to make something to block it up if you do.
  5. Hello all! My name is Jacob, and I'm a high school student living in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. I've begun the process of designing my future workshop, and I thought I'd make an account here, since I hope to be using this site a lot in the future! I've drawn up designs for both a coal and gas forge, and have the ability to run either, but I've yet to decide which is best for me, as a beginner with shallow pockets. I do have a lovely anvil from the early 1900's already, though! Looking forward to getting started.
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