I was given a brake drum yesterday in exchange for a box of cookies . It is from a commercial fertilizer truck and is about 18-20" across by 10 - 12" deep. I would guess the walls to be about 1 to 1 1/2 " thick. It must weigh a good 90 pounds or so. I was going to use this as a basis for a new forge to be powered by a Champion 400.
My question is: will a brake drum forge powered by a 400 be strong enough for forge welding (tomahawks and axe heads mostly)? I had been told by the guy I bought the 400 from that it would be strong enough, but was told today by a knife maker that it would lack both the power and fuel supply needed to reach the required temps.
Any help would be great!
Edited by JerMac, 04 February 2009 - 07:11 PM.