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Had one just like the little round one with the hand crank and belt drive blower. It would blow the fire up fine if I had a good tight belt on it. Trouble was, mine had the air blast grate elevated a couple inches above the floor and you couldn't get enough depth in the fire for any heavy work. I sold it and got a little bigger one with a little deeper pot and a hand crank gear blower.

Did blacksmith demos at a local festival a few days this fall with a lever ratchet belt drive forge. Got hard rains one day and the leather belt got wet and stretched out till I couldn't blow up the fire. I made it through the day by putting wood ash on it to get it to grip. Had to tear down and re-splice the belt the next morning.

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