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I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread where everyone shows their forge

 

(and an opportunity to show/remind people of mine :lol: )

 

The first one I made I went a bit over board on :lol:

 

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a bit too big to move around with and although it had 2 very big burners, due to the internal cavity, it never really got hot enough, was OK for forging and HT, but used a lot of fuel and took a while to get up to heat. It was made from the body of an 18kg propane tank. Total length was 26", internal dia 12".

 

For my second forge I went completely the other way and made it out of a 6" piece of tube;

 

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This was extremely fuel efficient and took no time to get up to heat and was easily capable of reaching welding temps. Not to mention very portable. I took it to a hammerin and it's popularity ended up in some requests to make forges for people.

 

I had a supply of 8" tube, so simplified the design a bit and fabricated the new forges out of the 8" pipe;

 

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This turned out the best of both worlds as it still had the portability and economy, but with a bit more space in the cavity

 

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Show me yours?

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Where do you get your large diam pipe?

 

I got mine from a local construction company that specializes in installing water supply networks. All of the Ductile Iron Pipe they use has 1/2" wall thicknesses and can be easily found in diameters ranging from 4" to 12". I was on site doing a building inspection for them and noticed all of these pieces of pipe ranging from 1' to 3' in length. they were cut off ends of pipe from various projects. they weld 1/2" plate to the ends and use them as jack stands when working on excavators. The shop foreman told me I could take as many of them as I wanted. My supposition is that a case of beer would easily get you the pipe you need.

 

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Hmmm....

 

I have several propane tanks ranging from 20 lb to 100 lb ( for other projects inclufing a foundry furnace ), but was looking for something a little larger ( like 24 inch ) to make a BBQ & smoker.

 

I'll definetly keep the source in mind though - thanks.

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Where do you get your large diam pipe?

They're offcuts from the offcut pile at work :lol:

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Here's a photo of my ChileForge plus a better photo of it from the Chileforge website.

 

I've had it for about six weeks and I love it. SO much better than the old farrier's forge I had.

 

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I made this one per the wonderful instructions on Mr. Fogg's site, with some help on the blower from Mr. Ellis.

 

I love this forge!

 

This has been bugging me for a while now and I haven't been able to figure it out from the pictures: with this style of forge, what supports the blade inside the forge, does it just hang in the air or is there something that it rests on?

 

nice pictures :lol:

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Jeroen, i think i like your's the best. do you have a longer fire pit for hardening longer pieces, or do you stroke the work through?

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Jeroen, i think i like your's the best. do you have a longer fire pit for hardening longer pieces, or do you stroke the work through?
I've only hardened one longer piece, and made a long pit for that. It had a long tuyerre running along the bottom with holes in it. Moving the piece through the charcoal takes a bit of force, so it's easy to bend the piece. Therefore I rather not move it.

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This has been bugging me for a while now and I haven't been able to figure it out from the pictures: with this style of forge, what supports the blade inside the forge, does it just hang in the air or is there something that it rests on?

 

nice pictures :lol:

 

 

Yes, kind of. Usually you would make a support on the outside to hold, or rest your bar on. If'n the blade is to small I guess you hold it with tongs.

 

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My first forge was only slightly better than Jeroen's lol:

 

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Here's the updated version I use now! Simply installed the above in a clapped out gas grill shell lol. Pulling the lid down over it onto a stop certainly keeps the sparks down!

 

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And a video of it in all its fury!!

 

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I've been considering modifying some of our ductile iron pipe scraps into a gas forge...good to know it will work =).

 

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Simple, yet highly effective:

 

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Your forge appears to have an IV drip, Michael

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These are a few photo's if my forge setup. One single burner and one double burner for damascus, each set up with T-rex burners. Wes

 

 

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Tomorrow the shell of my new forge will be ready to get fired for the first time, and hopefully I can work out what is going on with my burner so I can fire it up and take pictures. The burner is giving a really choppy burn and puts itself out, I have messed with it enough for one day, I'll pick this duel up again tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to post pics of my new welding forge!

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This is my forge it burns charcoal one side is bottom blast , the right is a long tube still . Used fire brick and 55 gallon barrel cut in half and on on top.

 

 

 

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The small one is made from a freon bottle. I use a sidearm burner in this one. Made the big one from a 7 gallon air tank. It's powered with a Darren Ellis design forced air burner. This picture was taken right after I finished it. I replaced the duct tape holding the blower on with PVC plumbing fittings to mate the blower to the burner. Worked fine with the duct tape though

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I like your adjustable rest on the freon tank forge, ken

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"it looks like you are dripping? something into it. Veg or or waste cooking oil.Mike"-- Yep, either one has been working good, a little too good really, I need a more controlable valve. I just added that part a couple days ago to supplement the coal when it's smoldering out and im running low. I used it to normalize and quench a little dagger I made and it just about gets TOO hot.

 

(Dagger came out very nicely, no cracks or warps!)

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