Charles R. Stevens

Just a box of dirt, or a simple side blast forge

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Lou L   

I'd say the only thing wrong with that forge is that it looks like it hasn't been used yet!  Fire that thing up.

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25 minutes ago, Lou L said:

I'd say the only thing wrong with that forge is that it looks like it hasn't been used yet!  Fire that thing up.

Agreed! It's very wrong. I'll be heating it up again this weekend.

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Africa and Asia tend to use a trench. In Africa it tends to be the top of two termite mounds. One can also use just oneside like a belows stone (Vikings). The set up I was using delt with shoes and the prevailing "breeze" (in Oklahoma, 20mph is a still day...)

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After firing it up for a couple hours this afternoon, I'll likely be creating more of a trench for the fire pot while also raising my tuyere by a bit. The current size of the fire pot didn't allow for easy ash clean out. By the time I got the mound of charcoal high enough and hot enough to heat the middle section of my rod, the ash tended to have built up enough to impede the airflow. So, a trench and slightly raised tuyere (I realized it was more toward the bottom than it should have been) should help with those issues. As you said, Charles, dirt is cheap, so experimenting is nice. Also, the firebricks already came in handy today to concentrate the coals. Thanks again!

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I used to have to worry about that---back when we first got married my wife ran the front office for a private psychiatric hospital and had a half dozen Drs that would sign any paper she put in front of them and said "sign here".   Well it only took 3 Drs to commit you against your will...We were offered a room for our honeymoon---as long as my wife could continue working during the day...

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Frosty   

What, that Thomas married someone in the psychiatric field? Probably was a good move. :rolleyes:

Frosty The Lucky.

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Frosty   

Welcome aboard Pumba, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the Iforge gang live within visiting distance. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Blaine   

Man I thought I had a picture of my camp forge but my first forge was a trench dug in the ground for tuyre with a metal fence pole in it underneath (used cardboard to fan air through) a fire pit shaped of a eye balled mixture of clay sand and tiny broken pieces of wild sage kinda like adobe to form walls. Lol worked if I can I'll get a picture next time we drive up to Pueblo if its still there.

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Thanks Charles for linking this to me! I have a feeling this will be one of my first forges (either this or the pit in the ground forge I was also considering)

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Glenn   

A forge is just a pit in the ground raised to a comfortable height so you do not have to bend over, or squat next to the fire.

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I have the anvil set on a low stump for use beside my fire pit atm. I make myself lightheaded blowing through an old-ish gas pipe to get the fire hot and then hammer away so sitting by the fire isn't a big deal to me.. I just want to create a more formalized forge rather than using my fire pit

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Glenn   

HOT metal moves a whole lot easier, and with less effort. The metal does not care how it gets hot, just that it needs to be hot in order to cooperate with the hammer.

The different forge styles and modifications are just details to make YOUR life easier.

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JHCC   

My very first forge (an old gallon-size juice can lined with clay -- a JACOD? -- that never once got up to forging temperature) used a blow pipe. 

Let's just say I abandoned that method the first time I got out of sync with myself and sucked on the pipe rather than blew....

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5 minutes ago, Charles R. Stevens said:

Blow pipe? Now that's old school! TP would be proud!

Yeah I use a blow pipe... it is a pain in the rear but it works

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