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My first forge

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So I wanted to start out small and inexpensive. I built a low pressure burner based on the YouTube video by Christ Centered Ironworks. Instead of buying the regulator, i am using my Victor cutting torch regular and my T grade hose(planning on getting a short hose just for the forge). The stand is from a table that the local library threw out. The rest of the metal was from the scrap/drop rack. I “borrowed” the air mattress blower, which works excellently. 8B958380-3349-4867-B822-46574FC8A656.thumb.jpeg.f5341d7b9e4b5174984ab9e440be4252.jpeg6F4506FC-BD6B-4574-AD00-B52481B46DD2.thumb.jpeg.f2154ee6b60e391d01fdd1e0e1721c6b.jpegThe local hardware store only had 8 firebricks, so the remaining 3 bricks are on order. I fired it up today, and using 2psi of propane and 3/4 open air, got a horseshoe to straw color in about 5 minutes. D29205A5-87B2-4F59-933E-8A308F18F321.thumb.jpeg.9d101467ae2f58425705840c1d056c5b.jpeg

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Grade R is the common hose that is rated for acetylene only. Grade T, the hose I have, is rated for propane or acetylene. The gauges are useable on both fuels. The only time I have used acetylene is when I was in school. I prefer the way that an oxy/propane torch cuts, and the only time I had to do oxy/fuel welding was at school. 

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Nice job making your forge and using what was available, thanks for sharing your project.

If your firebricks are from hardware store I’m pretty certain they aren’t insulating type, your forge will really gobble a lot of full. I’d swap them out when you are able to. Also keep an eye on your blower, the ones I’ve had like that weren’t long lived.

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Looks functional.  Not sure what you mean by straw color, that is usually a color associated with tempering in my limited experience.  forge temps more commonly described with reds, oranges, yellows.  good job.

 

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On 9/14/2018 at 8:02 AM, MotoMike said:

Looks functional.  Not sure what you mean by straw color, ... forge temps more commonly described with reds, oranges, yellows.  

Straw= yellow. I don’t have all the lingo down yet, but working on it. 

On 9/13/2018 at 11:37 PM, stevomiller said:

If your firebricks are from hardware store I’m pretty certain they aren’t insulating type, your forge will really gobble a lot of full. I’d swap them out when you are able to. Also keep an eye on your blower, the ones I’ve had like that weren’t long lived.

They are not an insulating brick, this was just a quick throw together forge, I plan on turning a grease drum into a forge insulated with kaowool and lined with refractory.  The blower has been sitting around our house for a long time, only getting used when kids have friends over to blow up the air mattress. I have an old canister vac to replace it if it dies. 

 

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