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I can either build my coal forge fire pot from 1/4" mild steel or line an old gril with refractory cement. I'm leaning toward the 1/4" steel for ease of building but I think the refractory cement would hold up better. Either will be set in a table that I'm building out of scrap. Which would you use? Table will be made from scrap steel I have and use a washing machine case for the table top.

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In the back of "A Blacksmithing Primer" there are plans for a coal forge from 1/4" ot 3/8" steel plate. Due to the angles of the sides and the grate mine lasted for over 9 years in 1/4" plate. The sides didn't burn out at all, they just warped. I just made new sides of 3/8" and I expect to get many more years from it.

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