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  1. Just wondered if anyone knew of any audio podcasts for bladesmithing? Seen a few abandoned ones is all.
  2. Interesting re: Cones... I can't find any info on. this & am trying to picture what you mean. Sorry to ask, but any more info? Cheers!
  3. Cheers! Will prob stick with the current burners for now, but may change in the future, so this thread will be handy for sure!
  4. Thanks both! I've added a pic to the post now - adding here too... check the temp the steel got to! Deffo thick rebuilding from scratch will be best. Quick additional Q if that's cool guys? The jets - you can see the pipes in the pic, essentially inside the cowl at the top, the pipe has been drilled & tapped, to allow mig tips to be screwed in (will check, either 0.6 or 0.8 tips), and this is the jet the gas comes through - Is this usual for self-made forges (I bought it). Will this suffice, do you think? Cheers in advance for any replies - MUCH appreciated!
  5. So my forge (purchased not self-built)... I started to repair it but soon realised I'd be happier rebuilding myself (current one was purchased - Liked it, but realised some tweaks I want to make). Jets seem okay (3 burner jet as per pic - uses mig welding tips as the jet tip?! Is that normal for gas forges? - Also it annoys me a bit that the jets are not straight! I'll be straightening with my build lol), so will use those and building a new forge, with ceramic wool and castable refractory then zircon paint... Am about to order the steel. Current forge is 2mm, I'm thinking of going
  6. Cheers! That jig looks decent for sure! VERY nice grinders, too! Bit out of the budget I've allowed myself for this project for now, so will have to stick with my cheapo 1 x 30 for now lol. But will bookmark his site for future ref, too All looks well built tho!
  7. Good point re: Bracing - any tips? Triangles are strong so I guess brace the body to the legs etc - Just wondering if the legs are built of sturdy enough stock & bracing is okay, or if they need replacing... I guess we'll see. V interested in your forging presses... Have you considered a quick mailchimp email list sign-up to get notified when you've worked out a cost etc? I'd sign up and reckon others would, too!
  8. Okay cool... Will proceed with the idea of a log splitter project for now then hahaha, keen to get something usable in the next 10 days so pdobs best do that. Will keep an eye for updates tho! For poss future upgrade!
  9. I know... I know, I could make one, but I need to re-build the forge (from scratch, needed repair & reline and was too small, so starting again and just keeping the burner jets!), also looking at options for a press, and lots more to sort! So a grinding jig I'll buy Looking for recommendations for adjustable one. Anyone know of any in the UK that they like? Cheers!
  10. Amazing! Do you have these for sale yet? What price are they likely to be?
  11. Thanks! Hmm so wool first, then coat with refractory (similar to others mentioned above? Hey Alan, thanks again for your detailed reply. I just want to make sure I get it right So would it be... 1 - Ceramic fibre/wool 2 - Then something like this to coat the wool https://shop.vitcas.com/products/heat-resistant-materials/refractory-coatings.html 3 - THEN this as the final coat https://shop.vitcas.com/refractory-castable-grade-1700.html Did I get that the right way around?
  12. Excellent, thanks! REALLY appreciate the details response and links/explantions - A HUGE help, cheers
  13. Looking for firebricks for the floor of a gas forge. The forge doesn't have much height, and as I'm putting in blanket and refractory cement, so there'll be even less height. So, firebricks shouldn't be too thick, maybe like 20mm? Any recommended ones that don't crumble after 3 or 4 heats?! OR, if I have used blanket & refractory, do I need firebricks on the floor? - I've not used refractory cement before so need advise! (more used to coke forges, just getting in to gas forges). Looking at the blanket & refractory cement below... Will be doing mixed forging, variet
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