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Lining coal forges with fire brick?


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I bought an old coal forge and the fire pot seems to be raised up about an inch and a half. When I got it, it was filled with fire brick but none were in place. Any insight as to how I'm supposed to lay the brick correctly? Is it just to raise the bed of the fire?

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I have seen the old large "RR forges" that had the fire pot raised enough that firebrick set in fireclay made the "table". (Belonged to a retired professional smith who told me about being part of a smithing crew in the 1940's as "orthopedic smiths" in a hospital.)

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