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Blacksmithing Set Up 2015-08-04 22:41:58 No.853810

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So I have an anvil and I built a forge out of an old grill and put a pipe through it for air and a fan on the side. The forge sucks dick. Doesn't retain any kind of heat. I've only been able to make the metal cherry red instead of bright orange. I had an idea of lining a 55 gallon drum with heat resistant plaster and putting an air pipe inside that. Would my idea work? I'll draw a picture later


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Anonymous 2015-08-04 22:45:59 No.853811
Copy successful forges shown on blacksmithing forums. Reasons do not exist to screw around with other designs when you are just starting.

/diy/ is not the place to learn smithing. Go to appropriate forums for better info than you can possibly get here.

Search engines, what are they?

Enjoy your new hobby, but do it smart. Forging methods and forge designs of proven quality abound. Use them. You can't know enough to expand on the basics until you know and perform the basics.

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Anonymous 2015-08-05 00:33:58 No.853852
>>853811
So I have looked online and most of it was stuff that I incorporated into my forge but I don't know what I did wrong. Instead of trying to polish a turd I'm trying to make sobering that might not be a turd.

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Anonymous 2015-08-05 01:05:00 No.853874
>>853810
Can we see a pic of the forge? We might be able to see what's wrong, it might just be an air flow issue. What are you using for burning ( coal, charcoal, coke, or good forbid charcoal briquettes)

Old Viking forges were two walls of mud with a bellows and they forged many beautiful pieces.

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Anonymous 2015-08-05 04:39:11 No.853981
>>853874
I don't have a pic of the old forge but I'm using charcoal as the fuel. I can probably get a picture tomorrow if the thread lasts long enough.

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Anonymous 2015-08-05 07:41:40 No.854043
>>853810
Sounds like your problem is lack of insulation and possibly lack of airflow.

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Anonymous 2015-08-05 07:50:26 No.854044
>>853810
I dont know a lot about forges but I know gills wont retain a lot of heat. Id bring the forge up to height on the inside of the 55 gallon drum with fire stones and then make an outside wall out of fire bricks that wraps all the way around. Really insulate the thing. Then you might want to look at the CFMs and Static pressure of the fan blowing into the forge. An old shop vac will kinda work but you can do a lot better. I mention that because thats what I see most aluminum forges made from. Good luck.

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Anonymous 2015-08-05 20:53:40 No.854349
Wait, you just have the naked grill? You need some sort of refractory in there, like so:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-A-Bladesmiths-Forge/

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Anonymous 2015-08-06 14:47:10 No.854780
>>854349
No I filled the grill with dirt and clay and rocks and shit







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