jwesthurl

Pan forge converted to side blast JABOD

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Hi everyone, so armed with some great advice and the research by Charles, I converted my pan forge and blower to a side blast JABOD since I’ve been using only charcoal for forging. This is the forge with the original rammed clay in the pan-about 2 inches worth.

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I welded (term used loosely) up a “tuyere” to redirect the flow of air from the bottom of the ducks nest through the side of the forge.

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I then built a box from scrap and filled it with rammed earth consisting of kitty litter, wood ash and sawdust. 

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I made my firepot a trench about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. The 1 inch tuyere is about an inch from the floor and there’s 3 inches of earth above.

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This cost me roughly $4 for kitty litter and $1 for the elbow. Everything else was scrap. I’ll probably add a firebrick on the tuyere side to bank charcoal against above the hearth. Let me know what you think or if there’s something I can improve. Thanks!

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Points for creativity, if nothing else. Let us know how it works!

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Just trying to use what I have, LOL. I'll report back when I actually fire it up. It's been raining nonstop for days

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It should work fine, if you eliminate the nipple and remodel the  clay in the fire pan the cast iron will not mind the fuel setting directly on it if you want to make things closer to the ground....

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With the cast iron you can go directly on the floor. For charcoal that is for coal an inch is suggested. 

After reading the JABOD artical read the other artical on history and design.and then any questions I will be happy to help you sort out. 

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