Sam Salvati

NEW FORGE! I got it broken in now pretty good

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Here is some shots of the new forge i built up and running. Not the first fire, she is pretty well broken in now and working great! I have yet to open it up to it's maximum heat yet, no need, but i feel heating up 4 inch square would be no problem in it(that's a BIG billet:D). I have worked out a bunch of the quirks so far, and got the forge running with 1/2 less coal than i did when i started to use it so it runs pretty efficient now. Also got the supports for the legs, act double as a tong rack, they go all around the whole forge, made from 1/4 thick by 1 inch wide mild. The lip around the forge is 1/4 thick 4 inch wide, top table is 1/4 thick, 3 foot wide by 4 and 1/2 feet long. Holds a 50 pound bag of coal right on the deck ready to be shoveled on, no bending to shovel from a coal bin or scoop from a bucket. Here's the pictures.

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Great looking forge, I've never worked from a coal forge. I've done all my learning and personal hammering from gas forges. I'll have to check into the availability and cost of coal compared to propane.

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Looks good, Sam. How are you controlling the air flow-air gate, rheostat or damper? Couldn't tell on the pics.

I like the firepot and ash dump setup. So when are we going to see the SS marked firepot castings on the market? I'd buy it, if available.:D

Forge on, brother!

aaron

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Thanks guys! Larry, while coal is a great heat source, quite romantic, gas is much easier. Coal is great for one of a kind things, while gas is good for production work. I highly recommend to anyone to try and learn and use coal for a little while atleast.

Aaron, it is controlled by a damper on the blower itself, but i can cut the forge RIGHT DOWN to idle(only a tiny bit of air) by opening the ash dump. You'll notice it has the ring on the end, i use a hook to hang it on the clinker breaker connecting rod to hold the forge at idle while i am away. Thanks, i would be happy to make a firepot for anyone interested, i would love to have some like mine cast out, but i like the welded style.

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Thanks guys, i am really loveing the pleasure of having a nice big fullsize forge to play with, the possibilities are endless now! I wanna try to forge weld 2 inch square to 2 inch square:D.

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Nice looking forge. What kind of welds did you use for it? Is that a big sword in the process of being forged? Like your setup, and looks as if it will last you a long time. Can't wait to see your forge weld of a 2x2 to a 2x2.

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