Henry Lockley Posted October 26, 2017 Share Posted October 26, 2017 I’ve been building my first “proper” coal forge these past few weeks. My past attempts have consisted of quickly made badly designed forges, one of which was a cut open beer keg with a brake drum in the middle and a few bricks to add height to the pot. It could heat metal ok but the fire pot design meant that if I tried to heat a length of steel up it would melt the end of and it would not be possible to heat the middle of rod up. A while back on eBay I saw for sale 12mm steel sheets 1500mm by 500mm for £20. I bought four of them to make benches with but I thought I might aswell build a good forge with them. So far I’ve fabricated a forge pot, dimensions 12 inch by 10 inch, and the pot seems massive. The depth of pot is about 4 inches. Is this pot too big? Adding to that, will my pot need more steel cutting from the bottom to add air flow. I have a few slits cut but I’m debating if it’s enough. And, is my pot mounted correctly to the plate. I intend on having a beer keg with a hole cut in the side to be placed next to the fire and have a side draft chimney. Also, how high should I mount my forge, anvil height? Anddddd, how tall, wide should the chimney be? Sorry for the questions, don’t want to mess up my forge build. I’ll burn standard house coal not coke, if that helps. Hopefully my photos are okay, if some of these questions are already on the forum I apologise, I mainly want to know if what I have to so far is okay but I might aswell ask about the chimney and height for when I get to it. Many thanks for your time, Henry. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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