bigphotog
I was given a truck break drum a few weeks ago and even though I have a gas forge I’m thinking of making a pore mans forge... any tips would be  appreciated especially any ideas for a hood and spark a arrestor.
thanks
Dave 
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jmccustomknives
My first 3 forges were versions of a brake drum coal forge.  The last, and best was set in a steel table top.  The most important thing is your air supply.  You'll want to build an ash gate and clinker braker.  It's been years removed since those forges so I don't have pics any more.  I have a coal forge but rarely use it, gas is so much more efficient and convenient.  But when I need it it's there.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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bigphotog
I learned the basics when I was a teenager on a coal forge so with that truck drum I looked around my garage and figured I could put one together with scrap materials I already have😎
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