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owen bush

March 2012 smelt at bushfire forge.

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well about time too!

Mick Maxen Myself and Eli Sideris had a great smelt yesterday.

I think the best yet . certainly joint best.

we started with a hot furnace .

pre burn wood and acharcoal.

we ran the furnace well keeping the load intervals at 10 minute drops. (or at least the furnace ran well despite us)

we were aiming for iron with a 1.2 to 1 ore to fuel ratio.

there was a lot of slag.

we used 50 kg magnetite ore and 60 kg fuel including pre burn (so we got one to one fuel ore in the end).

the bloom ended up being a big flat concave centred dense bloom 11kg or so there was another 2 or 3 kg of good bits . I think we lost a lot of ore in the slag which was plentiful and dense .

run time was just over 4 hours...

here are some piccies.

 

150kg of charcoal before sizing

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cooking the furnace

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Eli modeling the ritual tatas! (got to keep the fire gods happy)

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Our furnace is endowed.

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Owen loading wood for the pre burn

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first slag tap

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tapping slag with the family looking on

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dragging out the bloom

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initial forging with the 28lb sledge (too big for the job realy)

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squish that bloom

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bloom to the shop

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Alldays and Onions 200 weight eats bloom while Mick fire fights

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flat bloom

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thick dense pancake of a bloom

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bloom with a master blacksmith for size reference

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our notes jusf for my reference!

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Awesome! Cool to see the kids looking on, not too many kids get an education like that.

 

Zeb

 

I was thinking the same thing. it's like my musician friends...their son grew up with 2 musicians as parents in a house full of musical instruments with a recording studio in the basement...and now as a teenager he's already an excellent jazz musician

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Thats a nice looking organic bloom pancake B)

 

...next some slices..bars...twists...square up...some welding...Viking sword ;)

Or...?

 

 

Niko

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Looks like a hearty time. Fire, iron, family and friends!

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Looks like a great success! B)

 

Unlike the one Chris and I (well, Chris, I just sat there) tried to do at F&B this weekend... :rolleyes: I now know our problem: The stack had no tatas. :(

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Awesome!!!!

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