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charcoal in side blast forges

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I use a side-blast charcoal forge at the Fort I volunteer at.

I have configured it where the blast pipe comes it at the very bottom of the forge.

I build the sides of the fire-pot out of fire brick so I can vary the size depending on the size of the work. If I'm making S-hooks from 1/4" stock, I only need a small fire, but if I am working with 1/2" or bigger, I can open it up for a larger fire.

Regardless, I always try to keep at least 4" of fire UNDER the stock. A deep fire can take a gentle air blast and the heat is more even and efficient.

Here is the basic fire pot / pan / whatever:


And here it is in use:


Hope this helps,


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