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  1. My oil forge will actually burn any fuel once up to heat. vegetable oil, waste engine oil. probably gear oil if thinned. easily anything else. i start mine on gasoline or kerosene depending on my mood and switch to waste engine veg oil once hot. cleanliness is a bit of a personal matter. it seems to always want to burn neutral or slightly decarb with no smoke or smell. however i recommend a small amount of black smoke, very small, to provide a safe forging atmosphere. overall im happy with it and its fairly easy to deal with.

  2. Discovered an interesting clay mix for forge body by half accident today. Seems adding around 1% powered softwood charcoal gives it an interesting insulation boost. Quite high might i add. Ive had it running for approximately 3 hours now and the outside is still wet and lukewarm at best. The inside is yellow. Im taking a shot in the dark and assume the charcoal burned out leaving a porous clay shell. Originally added charcoal powder as a way to assist in drying without cracking when fireing instead of waiting days for the clay to do so on its own. Overall thickness is 3 1/2in all the way around 



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  3. Well ive recently got around to actually building a decent forge blower so nkw that i have the heat ill have to work on the neat. These past 6 months or so ive been working on my machining skills so i can actually build everything i need from scratch. Mostly so everything can be easily fixed on the spot instead of having to wait on parts. Ive built my own stick welder, fan and controls, tongs, ect. Next will definitely be a belt grinder and a small power hammer to deal with the tap tap tap of edge beveling and tang shaping. I have everything i need but free time hahahaha!

  4. @Joshua States so somewhat blade worthy?  Hahahaha! I do everything by hand and while i have power hammer plans in mind i just havent had the time to build one. I think! that this is around 7/8ths or 1'. Pretty darn thick. Even with my forge running lean and piles of scale it retained an impressive amount of carbon for my hardening test. I kinda lazed on it all since i wasnt sure of the composition or exactly what it was. I know its oil field rod but its exact purpose is umm ehh meh? But i shall take the advice and well i definitely do need a new hammer. Love my maul and obsessed with my tinners hammer but i need a good in-between so heres my chance?

  5. @Garry Keown Definitely rest up friend. @Joshua States i noticed it would probably be good for something other than a blade. It is, parond my french..... a total B word to forge. I had it at a very iridescent yellow and it refused to move much using my 5lb maul. Good/bad i have alot of it though. 4+ at home and probably more than 100+ft at my dads. Which is free and accessible. Is it blade worthy or should i do something in particular with it other than punches or tooling?

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  6. 19 hours ago, Joshua States said:

    What kind of oil are you running?


    Blend of 50/40/10 used engine oil, used cooking oil, and gasoline(to thin it out for consistent flowing. It will run purely on oil but it has a tendency to not flow well since im using oxy/acetylene torch valves. It is fully outdoors with a fan blowing downwind :) gotta mind those fumes. I get both oils by the bucket for free so it's worth the effort

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