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My first attempt at making a forge. Looking for improvements critiques or suggestions for a hood/chimney. This site has been a great source of inspiration and motivation. 

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Welcome aboard, glad to have you. That's not bad at all, I'd use it. I'd suggest you flip your tuyere over put the short nipple on top and the long one as the ash trap. In that configuration the bits of coal that WILL fall through the grate can be stopped on top of ash as it collects and start burning with a LOT of air. this can burn holes in the tuyere and just generally do your forge a mischief.

The screen shelf is  good thing, I use expanded metal with a little stronger a frame for a spreader and support. It's the perfect place to toss hot bits to air cool say the drops after hot cutting a piece of stock. It's also the perfect place to put a pail under the ash dump so fire doesn't get away from you. A breeze a leaf and a burning coal can cause all sorts of grief.

Pretty nice job, how's it work?

Frosty The Lucky.

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Add 4 to 6 inches of metal to the height of the sides. You want a fireball that is about the size of a melon or 4-6 inches in diameter for coal, then some fuel on top of that for insulation and to form coke. The rotor is not deep enough on its own. Fuel does not make the fire hot, air makes the fire hot.

 

 

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Starting to implement the suggestions.

I'll need to reattach the ash dump to the longer section of pipe. I'm debating the merits of a hinged ash dump verses the original design. 

I have a little bit of flat scrap to attach to the sides to increase the height but I'm not sure of the best way to attach it and still allow access for the material being heated (possibly cut it in half for a pass through). I would need to scrounge some additional scrap to increase the height for the back.     

Not sure how it performed before. I haven't lit it yet. I've been having too much fun just building it  

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92,

To attach your sideboards to the angle iron frame you can weld on some tabs to both sides of the sideboard and just slip it down onto the angle iron.  You can make the sides with a small piece that you can remove for long pieces over the fire.  I used pieces of 1/8" bar, about 1-2" wide on each side for the tabs.  This was early on with mine.

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I stack bricks around the forge when I need more depth but my table is a little larger so I have more space. The bricks allow me to take one out when heating longish pieces.

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Oh that's getting better all the time. Using tabs to attach the sideboards is a LOT more versatile. If you make the side boards in shorter sections you can make openings (gates?) where ever you wish or close it off completely. I have a tong rack that hangs from the forge rim on tabs. I keep hammers by the anvil and tongs by the forge. If you reinforce the shelf on the spreader you can keep a nice little pile of bricks without them being in the way. They can be shifted as ballast to make moving the forge easier as well.

I use an exhaust flap cap as the ash dump on my coal forge. It just clamps on, the counter weight keeps it closed and makes a handy lever to engage with a tong, hammer, piece of stock or whatever reaches to dump ash. It's cheap and easy, I LIKE Effective Easy, the only tool I needed was my 4" pocket crescent wrench to tighten the clamps.

Gonna paint it? Have shop colors?

Frosty The Lucky.

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Nice job.. this will work well for you. Here is my forge, so far it has worked great. And then I have another grill frame to fab up another forge. 

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11 hours ago, 92golfdisaster said:

Suggestions have been implemented. Time to light tomorrow. 

 

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Nice job on the sideboards ☺

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