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The time has come for the old forge to be replaced and after a number of setbacks I managed to complete the new one.

The pipe for airflow is bent at 30 degrees in the middle and then 10 degrees at the end at right angles to the other bend to allow the bellows to be orientated at an angle for ease of use.
The tuyere was cast from the same 1600 degrees centigrade rated cement used in the overall construction.  After construction and installation of the tuyere the cement was cured by lighting a bonfire and keeping it going for about two hours.  The deep trench was then filled with charcoal powder up to level.  Most issues during this project were actually caused during the rainy season by constant leaking of the roof the where the chimney exits and mystery sources springing up when I thought everything was sealed properly. The dividing wall is also filled with refractory cement and vermiculite mixed together. The forge walls are 121cm long and 23cm thick with 23cm spacing in-between. All metalwork finally treated with high temperature paint.

The first item forged was the new charcoal chopper that will keep this forge fed.









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