I want to tell the readers that I'm a beginner. I've been buying tools for the past two years and this was the first coal forge I've used with coal. I set up in my driveway and it takes about a 1/2 an hour to get a everything out of the garage. With the exception of high school my experience comes from reading forums like The Iron Forge Fire and books I get from the local library. I encourage beginners to just start somewhere. My first project for "Iron In The Pot" was going to be a fire steel from an old flat file. However I burned the metal. I'm hoping someone can tell me why. I wonder if it was because the file was thin. I had started to cut it with a hot cut in an orange heat. On my fourth heat, I didn't leave it in any longer than the other times an it broke in the fire. Maybe a cheap file? I know I cooked it. Did I use the fire before the coal was burning better and not so green?My tool list: 2 1/2 lbs. cross peen, hot cut, small flat tongs, 203 lbs. Soderfor anvil on oak stump, 2 1/2 inch flatter and coal forge.Techniques: Square metal from round bar, drawl out and taper, cut and scrolling. The result afterward was a burnt file that fell apart in the fire. (See below) Time for back up plan. I found a 1/2 piece of round stock in the garage and put it into the fire. Much better results. The first thing I did was square the end and draw out a taper about 4 inches. Then I scrolled the end on the anvil horn. The was easier than doing the other end which required me holding the work with tongs. I was happy with the end result. This is slightly large for my hand. I can tighten up the scrolls on one or both ends. Although it's not that big of an issue.
Rule #10; "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."
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