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Alphonse

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Well it took me about a year to get around to it, but after I got my anvil last year I NEEDE SOME FIRE!. THE GOOD OLD OXY-ACET torch just won't do me...and is TOO COSTLY!

I just made a simple forge from my shop made coal stove I had made 12 years ago to heat my shop. Here are some pics and I'll try to post a link to a U-Tube video I made of it running. I call the video/forge FRANKENFORGE!

YouTube - frankenforge

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Looks good. A couple of thoughts:

  • How about moving the fan to the side you don't stand on to get it out of the way?
  • Is there an air gate on the fan or does it just blow flat out all the time? Will go throught lots of coal that way and burn lots of things you are trying to heat.
  • How about cutting out a bit of the side to allow long articles to be put through the fire.


Looks like it is really built to last :)

Have fun and keep safe.
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It looks like you plan on working from the left side of the hood from the low spot in the side there. As Rob suggests (sort of) I recommend putting another low spot on the far side so you can work in the middle of a bar.

You beat me to it Frankenfinnr!

Frosty Stein.

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For now, control the blower from full force to about 1/4 by just opening the clinker trap. I guess I can add a damper on the blower inlet for more control later. So far the blower is not in the way in the front. I thought of that, had the blower there when it was a coal stove and never was in the way of the door.
As, far as cutting out the other side, good idea, for it's only 20" sq.

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For now, control the blower from full force to about 1/4 by just opening the clinker trap. I guess I can add a damper on the blower inlet for more control later. So far the blower is not in the way in the front. I thought of that, had the blower there when it was a coal stove and never was in the way of the door.
As, far as cutting out the other side, good idea, for it's only 20" sq.


UPDATED: I made an adjustable baffle on the inlet of the blower [Found out mighty quick to keep the klinker trap shut ...DUST!]

I cut out the far-side to fit longer work.
The blower in the front, is not in the way or a problem for me, and is more easy for me to control than if it were on the side.

IT SURE CAN PUT OUT SOME HEAT! I had a oldtime pick-axe head that I want use for some forging stock. I set it across the forge and in no time at all was "a sparkin yeller in the center. I let that part burn up somewhat to aneal the rest
for sawing.
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