wirerabbit Posted July 24, 2020 Share Posted July 24, 2020 I have started a simple charcoal forge project because, let's face it, I don't have enough work to do around here! I thought I would post progress as I go. My research has lead me to a side draft forge for charcoal, and as any container seems to work, I decided to use one of the steel wheels I have stacked about from the boss' Toyota truck. As you can see from the picture I decided to place the entrance for the tuyere just above the bottom of the container created by the wheel. That would be the central portion of the wheel where the stud holes etc. are located. Marks I placed on the side of the wheel show the interior bottom and 4 inches from the top. The top of the tuyere hole sits just under 5 inches from the top. My measuring tape shows a bit over 6 inches total depth to work with. The width, not shown is 17 and 3/4 inches interior diameter. Because this is the first forge for me, I have decided not to weld shut all the typical holes in a steel tire in order to hold the rammed earth I'll be using, Instead I found an old plow disc that fits inside, and with a few river rocks, I think I have closed up the bottom for the addition of my local dirt. When the time comes I should be able to just knock everything out and start over. Here is the pipe, subfloor and stones in place. I will be sizing the fire pot 4 inches wide, 8 inches long and about 4 inches deep. Here is a pic of a 4x8 brick for relative location. I will not be using any brick below hearth level. This one is just in here to help me visualize the volume of my fire pot. It seems I won't have a large amount of real estate on the surface, but I will have plenty of room for the mounds or bricks at hearth level to contain the charcoal. I'm anticipating needing to enlarge the hole to raise the tuyere and thus the fire pot. We shall see what we shall see. Taylor, near Jeddo TX Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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