Hey guys! First post here on bladesmith forum. I have been reading a lot of posts here and have doing research for my first Tatara smelt. Would like to hear what you guys think of my plan. Open to any criticism. For some reason i could not upload a picture of the plan i drew out, so i will describe it the best i can.
Inner Dimensions: 10" wide/ 15 1/4" long
The dimensions are based off of the brick ill be using and the amount of Iron oxide/charcoal ill be smelting.
I am thinking of running about 60 lbs. of black iron oxide sand with about 150 lbs. of charcoal. Does that sounds right?
The inside will be composed of a clay/sand mixture to make room for the bloom. The outside will be brick for support. Not planning on using too much clay/sand. Mostly just for the funnel where the bloom will go. The rest of the brick will have a thin layer of clay/sand.
should I use clay to mortar the brick together? Or should i just go with a regular brick mortar for that?
There will be 4 tuyeres, 2 on each side. There will be 2 tap arches on both sides of the funnel.
I am still very new to this so any help/criticism is much appreciated.