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Bugglejuice

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this summer im going all in on a permanent set up for my forge. Here's my laundry list of things im gonna do:

-Build a wall in the gap from that large old door.

-rip out the 8" chimney and replace with a 10-12" one.

-mount my anvil stand to the floor.

-pour concrete underlayment on the floor to provide some fire retardance for the eventuality that i will drop hot metal. 

-install new outlets and a light.

‐build a mounted box bellows because forge blowers are expensive.

-build a solid workbench in the back right corner you cant see in the picture.

-build a side draft hood for aforementioned forge.

 

This is what ive come up with so far, any suggestions?

P.S. The space is about 15'x15'

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Solid fuel forge?  My shop doesn't have any windows but when  running a propane forge in it I open both 10'x10' roll up doors and have open gables and 10' tall side walls.  I do not have any CO issues. (The shop is also oriented along the main axis of wind in our area.)

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My only suggestion would be for a permanent setup, mount both your anvil and post vice into the ground, not a surface mount. And make sure you have 360 degrees around your post vice. 

I turn nearly all my scrolls using my post vice, bending forks and scrolling wrenches. Even a medium sized scroll can use 10' + of parent stock and full access to your vice is a real benefit. And with my post vice mounted 3+' into the ground, Its firm! If you might be scrolling say 1/2"x2", a surface mount wont cut it.

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2-3 windows isn't adequate ventilation even for coal or charcoal, propane would be a killer. . . Literally.

Frosty The Lucky.

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And it's so much fun to dig a trench forge, heat a length of stock, drop it in the form and run around the postvise hooting like a loon!

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Its a small charcoal forge and i can put in a rooftop vent if need be. And by windows its going to be a shuttered hole in the wall where the current windows were.

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