andgott Posted April 15, 2010 Share Posted April 15, 2010 I needed a small forge for when I do really tiny work- I do a lot of very, VERY small stuff- And the coal forge that I usually work with is just too much. This is my new Micro Forge- The design is based on the various coffee can, one brick, and similar forges that I've seen on sites all over the place, But is a bit more permanent. The main body is made from a piece of 6" DOM pipe, about 8" long, with a cap welded on the back. Handles and feet are 1/4" stainless steel. It's painted with a high-temp (2000 degree) baked on paint. It is lined with 1" of 8 lb Kaowool Rt. I'll be adding a firebrick floor to it once I get my firebrick- It's still in the mail. There is a 1 1/2" pass through in the back in case I need to heat the center of a rod in the forge- Though I doubt I ever will need it, I decided to do it while I was building it just in case. So- Time to fire it up for the first time! It's a little tough to see the flame, it was sunny out. The 'burner' is a Bernzomatic TS839 torch. It's a pretty powerful little beast- Seems to heat the forge up pretty well. It can also burn MAPP gas. I let it warm up for about 5 minutes, then I stuck a 3/32 stainless rod in there. It was hot in a VERY short time- That's tiny stuff, though- So something a little more challenging... Here is some 1/4" Stainless round- Within a minute, it was glowing a nice orange color on the end. A successful, though very short, first test. I will be lining the inside with Plistix before I use it much further. I am curious to fins out what kind of burn time I'll get from one of these cylinders, though I plan on connecting it to a larger tank soon. The cart, BTW, is a repurposed cart from a gas grill- Painted and reconfigured a bit. It'll be able to hold the propane cylinder, too. I still need to add a stock rest, and a few other little items, But I wanted to make sure that the basic concept was sound first. -Andrew Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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