Dustin Stephens
Getting there slowly Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 47, Size: 1.83 MB
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jmccustomknives
looks good.

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Hank Rearden
Great start. Make sure to post the finished forge and the first fire also.
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Anthony San Miguel
Some of that plumbing looks galvanized. Probably won't be a problem unless the flange is galvanized. If it is, or any other part is, light the forge out in the open and let it burn off for a while before you use it.
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Dustin Stephens
Yep Anthony, she's all galvanized, plan on it being outside its whole life, gonna let her cook off for at least a 12 pack. The galvanized was half the price of the black iron, and since it's only holding air, and going to be cooked off, why pay double
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Dustin Stephens
So here it is about 85% done Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 21, Size: 2.96 MB Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 22, Size: 1.01 MB Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 20, Size: 3.17 MB
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jmccustomknives
Looks very serviceable.  Ditch the kingsford and get some "lump" charcoal.  It will work much better.  If you have a Sams or Cosco you'll be able to pick up a large bag, at least until you can obtain green coal. 

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Hank Rearden
Nice project! James is right about dumping the kingsford. I used it the first time too. Didn't get enough heat and lots of fire flies. I got soft coal and a whole different forging experience.
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Dustin Stephens
Thanks guys for the input, the fire flies were a sight, my wife was slow-moing them with her iPhone, as I was fighting them off me  But ill definitely have to try the lump coal, I used the cheapest stuff I could find just for the test, but I am really happy with how its progressing.  So my next step is to support the legs a little better and make a trip to Owensboro for some Pocahontas coal.
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jmccustomknives
For the record, charcoal throws fireflies.  Lump or otherwise.  They hurt.  [mad]  I like coal, it's just hard to get.  Which sucks because not 10 miles away is a large metallurgical coal mine that wont sell to individuals.  [frown] 

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Dustin Stephens
30 min down the road they sell smithing coal, I think it's 20 bucks for 50lb. Don't know how long that lasts though
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jmccustomknives
Coal will outlast charcoal, but as to how long?  It depends on how efficient your design is and airflow.  You can also make the "beehive" that will hold heat in.

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Dustin Stephens
Yeah, I cant wait to get the bee hive going and see how much it helps.  I will definately look at tsc for those grips until I can get good enough to make tongs
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Dustin Stephens
I need help "tuning" my forge.  I used it this weekend and the fire was very large and not concentrated like I would like.  Im using a sink strainer over the air outlet, the real thin one that costs 1.50 at wal mart, it has alot of tiny holes in it.  I was thinking that maybe I need to fab one with 5 or so 1/4 dia holes in it to pipe it down a little bit.  Also, would a light dimmer work to control the flow?  Any thoughts? If the dimmer does work, how difficult is it to wire up?  I know enough about electricity to get me hurt.  Thanks in advance
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Anthony San Miguel
Sounds like the biggest problem is the sink strainer. I would pursue your idea to fab something up to control air flow. Also, don't know if you made the switch to coal yet but if/when you do it does need more airflow then charcoal. I would get rid of the sink strainer before buying a dimmer.
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Dustin Stephens
Anthony, I have yet to switch to coal, cant find any locally.  I did however ditch the dish strainer, well I cooked it my last fire.  I found another one thats about 1/16 thick with less holes and a little larger, going to try it next week on vacation.  The old one was about the thickness of a soda can, cant believe it lasted as long as it did
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Hank Rearden
You may be interested in how I clayed my forge. The photo here shows a fire with a lot of coal. I haven't been using as much. That being said the fire was easy to control. The shape of my pot was small but so far I think it has worked great. If I need a larger pot I was going to make another brick like a doughnut and taper the pot deeper and larger toward the top. So far I haven't needed to do it though. That being said I still haven't forged anything real big or welded anything yet. My fires get plenty hot. I have burned metal a few times by accident. "quickly at that"  The shape of my bricks help direct the air flow. Dumb luck on my part.

This is the link to my claying my forge post.
http://www.theironforgefire.com/post/help-on-claying-a-forge-6765263?highlight=refactory+cement&pid=1286708643
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Dustin Stephens
Hmmm, Might have to look into that, and get some fire bricks to build up the sides so I can pile more coal on her maybe!?!
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