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Solid Fuel Forge Photos Needed

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As a few of you know, I've been working on a book for bladesmithing newbies on finding and getting the tools needed to start out bladesmithing, and I need some example photos on coal forges. I don't currently have a coal forge nor access to one, and almost all photos on the internet either are copyrighted or would take forever to get permission to use.

So do any of you have photos of your solid fuel forge that shows the main parts (bowl, hotspot, air source, etc.) in one photo? Just to be clear, these would be published publicly, and used in this book which I am selling for profit (aka to get better tools :P ). Will of course credit the original owner if you want me to.

 

Thanks,

 

Caleb.

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I have a few of my Chimanea Coal forge with a hairdryer blower! Cost me £10 to set up as everything is reclaimed from scrap - cast iron chimanea, scaffolding and insulation 'silencer'! The only cost was the hair dryer haha. Feel free to name and shame me if you wish, though it's a bit of an embarrassing set up if I'm honest!

 

 

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Good luck,

James

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Since I seem to be one of the few running a coal forge with a commercial firepot, I'll show you the build sequence in my current shop. The firepot is the Centaur Forge Vulcan with dumping ashgate, seen here: http://www.centaurforge.com/Centaur-Vulcan-Firepot-with-Dumping-Ashgate/productinfo/VD/

 

It is set into a 3/16" steel plate that measures about 24" x 40", with the open ends filled with fireplace cement. The tabletop rests on a base of ordinary pine lumber. Here it is in August 2004, its second home, while I'm building the side draft hood, visible in the background. Note also the big hole in the chimney:

 

Forge build 1.jpg

 

That hole is for the duct that connects the hood with the flue. Here's the hood under construction:

 

forge build 2.jpg

 

As you can see, the duct is not in place, nor is the top panel.

 

Here it is all put together, from several angles. Here you see the Champion Lancaster #1 hand crank blower that connects to the tuyere via 3" dryer hose and 3" gas flue pipe.

 

forge build 3.jpg

 

A head-on view:

 

forge build 4.jpg

 

And from the other side:

 

forge build 5.jpg

 

The stealth geometry not only renders the hood invisible to radar, it allows a large expansion chamber that really induces a strong draft in a rather shallow but wide footprint.

 

Here it is two years later in 2006, a view into the pot.

 

forge build 6.jpg

 

And here with a fire showing the excellent draft.

 

forge build 7.jpg

 

And one more showing the current shop setup, including Grond the treadle hammer and Star the power hammer, with vise to the rear. Look how the flame is being pulled completely sideways into the hood. No smoke in the shop!

 

forge build 8.jpg

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Wow thank you both of you! This is really awesome!

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Haha, a big skill gap between the two!

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Not skill, just equipment!

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i figured your place would be bigger alan but im amazed at how clean it is no other smiths shop that ive visited has been any where near that clean

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That was ten and eight years ago, respectively... I haven't seen the walls below six feet up in years! Or the floor. I think there's concrete under there somewhere. Those pics were when I was getting the then-new place set up. It is a 20X24 foot detached garage, which you can currently almost walk all the way through if both doors are open.

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That was ten and eight years ago, respectively... I haven't seen the walls below six feet up in years! Or the floor. I think there's concrete under there somewhere. Those pics were when I was getting the then-new place set up. It is a 20X24 foot detached garage, which you can currently almost walk all the way through if both doors are open.

Oh also, I need a photo of an in-ground forge; did you happen to have one? (I thought I saw it somewhere on the forum in respect to sword HTing)

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just look up ground forge i have to remake mine every time i get started right now or at least semi rebuild it and clean out all the debri from the rees

 

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That was ten and eight years ago, respectively... I haven't seen the walls below six feet up in years! Or the floor. I think there's concrete under there somewhere. Those pics were when I was getting the then-new place set up. It is a 20X24 foot detached garage, which you can currently almost walk all the way through if both doors are open.

This is my place 5 small bays and a big one first two are separated and can be closed off it even has a bathroom and shower but it has become very cluttered over the summer I'm willing to rent some if the space for lessons and use of persons experience to aid in my learning

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just look up ground forge i have to remake mine every time i get started right now or at least semi rebuild it and clean out all the debri from the rees

 

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And would you like me to credit you by name?[q];++d){var>[q]+d[q])break;a+=d}b=!0}this.e&&(d=x+e(json.stringify(this.h())),131072>[q];++b)for(var>

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I dint care their just things I've helped build

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