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It's not much but it works! Started with a old homemade steel charcoal grill, a break drum, some scrap pipe and a use water heater blower. Probably not the prettiest forge in the world but if I'm not careful I can melt the end of 1" key stock.

got some photos have a look

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Here’s a style of Buffalo forge you don’t see that often. I like the compact industrial look and it’s easier to move around with a two wheeler than the four legged variety. It came with a Champion electric blower mounted to a bracket on the left side but it tripped my circuit breaker after running for a while so I got another one and had the same problem. Now I use a more recent electric blower which only goes outside when in use. I’m building a shop now as wind is a big problem at my location and also I’d rather forge on rainy and snowy days and do other stuff when it’s nice. The Buffalo name is cast on both sides and the pan measures 24 x 36 inches. The slack tub is an old farm sink.

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Picked this one up at an animal swap for under $100 blower works good had to do some work on one leg and the dump underneath. Was wondering if this was a farriers forge.

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Picked this one up at an animal swap for under $100 blower works good had to do some work on one leg and the dump underneath. Was wondering if this was a farriers forge.

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My newest!
23"x24" base with 2 inch angle for lip and support. 1x2 tubing legs with 1/2" RB for bracing.
Pretty simple and straight forward. It took me two days to build and another day to paint. It has a shallow small brake drum for a firepot and no clinker breaker. It also has an adjustable hieght, slide-out steel rack.

I painted it red!

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Here is my forge I got at a swap meet. I think it is a ferriers forge. Any info given appreciated. Also there is is a fire pot built into the casting.Does this need 2 b lined?

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Here is my forge I got at a swap meet. I think it is a ferriers forge. Any info given appreciated. Also there is is a fire pot built into the casting.Does this need 2 b lined?

Here is another try at downloading photos , p.c. is acting up , sorry

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here's mine, finally! Randy

Looks like the set up I want to eventually make for my projects. Right now I have mine in my garage , an upgrade from out side with no covering and a tarp covering my forge between firings.

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Looks like the set up I want to eventually make for my projects. Right now I have mine in my garage , an upgrade from out side with no covering and a tarp covering my forge between firings.

coalfired,
Its nice to have somewhere to work and you're not out in the sun. I started in a 10 x 12 building with a 2 brick gas forge, could only do small items. I had a friend build the awning off the side and I added the pre-made privacy fence panels for the walls. Stays cool and keeps the sun off my head. I have sun directly on the build from morning to night. these are before, during and after pictures. Randy

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coalfired,
Its nice to have somewhere to work and you're not out in the sun. I started in a 10 x 12 building with a 2 brick gas forge, could only do small items. I had a friend build the awning off the side and I added the pre-made privacy fence panels for the walls. Stays cool and keeps the sun off my head. I have sun directly on the build from morning to night. these are before, during and after pictures. Randy


I really like your setup. I'm currently under the oak tree which is a fair weather smithy. Do you have any problems with smoke and does your chimney pull a good draft? Thanks for posting the pics. The more ideas I get the better off I am.

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I really like your setup. I'm currently under the oak tree which is a fair weather smithy. Do you have any problems with smoke and does your chimney pull a good draft? Thanks for posting the pics. The more ideas I get the better off I am.

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Marksnagel,
My original plan was to go out the top with about 12' of 8" duct and put a top on it. That set up was me being to impatient to fire up the forge and see how it was going to work under the awning. It smokes for about 20 minutes when first fired up but as soon as the fire sets and is ready to work in it draws just fine and there's no smoke under the awning. I am probably gonna leave it like it is with the exception of a proper strap instead of rope holding the pipe up and add a short piece of pipe cut back on an angle and screen it so the critters won't nest in it considering I'm backed up against the woods. Randy

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Show me your solid fuel forge. Doesn't matter whether it is home made or store bought, coal, coke, charcoal or other solid fuels. Please give us a little information on the construction.

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This is my forge, as you can see I took an old swing as my shelter. The forge itself is on a wooden table, which is protected by 3-4 inches of dirt and 1 inch firebricks. I burn charcoal with a electric blower I took from an old inflatable slide. It has gotten hot enough to weld. She's a good forge, but I am going to get a nice gas burner, save me a little trouble.

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This is my forge, as you can see I took an old swing as my shelter. The forge itself is on a wooden table, which is protected by 3-4 inches of dirt and 1 inch firebricks. I burn charcoal with a electric blower I took from an old inflatable slide. It has gotten hot enough to weld. She's a good forge, but I am going to get a nice gas burner, save me a little trouble.



That is a great example of a good field expedient forge. Just goes to show what you can think up. Ancient forges were just slit trenches with built up mud walls on each side and a side draft tuyere. You don't have to get all fancy and make a modern style to get work finished. Well done.

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This is the Ohio Historical Society blacksmith shop in ZOAR. I operate this shop on weekends.

I use soft coal and coke. I don't know who made this sheet steel smoke collector, but that is really worthless. It causes the cinders and smoke to "collect" around your head. In short, it retains the smoke and fly ash at head level. Really dumb idea. It has no vent to expell the smoke. Just holds it there. Never seen anything like it. :blink:

If this forge is like what the blacksmiths used back in the 1800's, it is little wonder they died at an early age. All the forges I have seen have a shroud to collect the smoke and fly ash and direct it up the pipe and OUT of the building. Did the original blacksmiths want to trap and retain the smoke/fumes??????? :huh:


I do own my own forge which I will be happy to post up some pictures when I paint it. It is a portable unit made by Champion.

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This is the Ohio Historical Society blacksmith shop in ZOAR. I operate this shop on weekends.

I use soft coal and coke. I don't know who made this sheet steel smoke collector, but that is really worthless. It causes the cinders and smoke to "collect" around your head. In short, it retains the smoke and fly ash at head level. Really dumb idea. It has no vent to expell the smoke. Just holds it there. Never seen anything like it. :blink:

If this forge is like what the blacksmiths used back in the 1800's, it is little wonder they died at an early age. All the forges I have seen have a shroud to collect the smoke and fly ash and direct it up the pipe and OUT of the building. Did the original blacksmiths want to trap and retain the smoke/fumes??????? :huh:


I do own my own forge which I will be happy to post up some pictures when I paint it. It is a portable unit made by Champion.



Wow that hood dose look pretty useless, Ive never seem any type of thing like it before. If its not sucking smoke out of the building there is no point to it. The chimney should suck ALL of the smoke out of the building from the fire, if its not then its not working fully. Breathing coal smoke all day long is vary bad for you. Sadly my school has a horrible hood system on our forges and I know how unfun it is to breath smoke all day.

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This is my forge, as you can see I took an old swing as my shelter. The forge itself is on a wooden table, which is protected by 3-4 inches of dirt and 1 inch firebricks. I burn charcoal with a electric blower I took from an old inflatable slide. It has gotten hot enough to weld. She's a good forge, but I am going to get a nice gas burner, save me a little trouble.

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What a great old anvil it needs a better stand something more solid. I worked out under tarps for years nothing wrong with it

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My Forge: Champion 401 w/blower

I added a new grate (1/4") and the fire tool hanger aka handle to hang my fire tools from and assist in carrying the forge from garage to drive-way.

It was in wonderful original condition with light rusting. I took it down and cleaned/painted and weld repaired one clamp on the leg support. The blower was taken down for a cleaning and inspection. It too was in near perfect shape save for the old/dry oil inside gear box.

I added the heat shield like the early versions originally had.

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