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Can anyone help I'm new to this and looking to buy a small gas powered forge that will smelt up to aluminium. Up to 2 kg and needs to tilt to pour. There are lots of sites showing how to make your own but for many reasons I don't have time so want to buy one. Natural gas preferred, Propane second choice, electric if the other 2 aren't available. I will also need a good exhaust hood system as the chimney goes up 2 floors. Any suggestions here? I'm also assuming I need a 10inch flue All help appreciated
I finally found a container for my ceramic wool. (could only find aluminium stove pipe and chromed stainless steel tubing for awhile). And I wanted to share my progress, see what you think. The shell is an old flour bucket, 22 CM diameter 30 cm deep. I cut it lengthwise. On the inside I put 2 layers of 2.6 Cm ceramic wool (128 Kg/Cubic M), rigidezed, cured and then kiln washed (rigidizer/water, 75% zirconium silicate, 25% Kaolin clay) after air drying the kiln wash I fired up the forge. After that the inside had set and I applied another layer of the wash. For a floor I use a ceramic kiln shelf coated with the same wash. (which is 1 cm thick, I will replace it with 0.5 cm thick shelf) The burner is the 1/2 inch T burner that I built earlier. I wanted to go with a vaulted design but ended up with something between vaulted and oval because I needed to fit the 2 layers of wool all around. I am still playing around with the burner position, I put it a bit to far back but I should be able to aim it a bit forward still. The first 10 minutes the back 2/3 are even heat and the front a bit cooler. after about 20/30 minutes I can use the front to get to forging temp as well. Pop rivets are my new favorite fastener.
The smithy being small the forge table is small. So when I had longer bars than 2 feet or so, I had to hold them while they were heating. No more. This is simple and efficient. A view from the side : Here is a series of dimensions. The first one depends on the opening in the side of your table. The other dimensions are the ones I use. Here is a general view. It stores neatly on the side of my chimney :