wirerabbit Posted September 6, 2020 Share Posted September 6, 2020 Hey, not sure if this topic is well placed, but I'm sure the moderators will find it a proper home if not. I have now worked with my charcoal steel wheel forge for several sessions and I now know enough to have some specific questions regarding fire management. If you would like to see pictures of the forge, it should be in this post. Quick stats are side blast with a 1 inch steel pipe for true iron. Fire pot is IFB and measures roughly 4.5 inches wide and 8 inches long. Tuyere sits only 0.5 inches from the bottom of the fire pot. I use a controller and old hairdryer motor for forced air. I have read all the relevant postings on charcoal forges, JABODs, etc, so I have some familiarity with the issues. That is not to say that I rightly remember any of it, though. Keep me honest, please. Here are my first questions: If I am able to see scale forming while the iron is still in the fire or immediately when I remove it from the coals, does that mean that my fire is somehow too oxidizing? I understand now that during my first forging session, I was not heating the steel up enough and I never saw scale forming until at the anvil. If the answer to the previous question is "yes", should I mound charcoal higher and cover any windows into the fire's heart? Should I have fire spikes exiting my charcoal mound each and every heat? I was playing around with the air this last forging session and I was trying 50% instead of my previous 30 to 35%. I seemed to get nice hot heats, more quickly than previously. I have many more, but they might be answered once folks chime in with their thought to these. It is hard during Covid 19 to go look at someone forging with charcoal, so I am left trying to find videos that show a clear fire and asking questions. Taylor, near Jeddo TX Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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