Rreardon227
Hello All!

Brand spanking new aspiring blacksmith seeking ideas on starting a forge without the money to do so! LOL. I have plenty of clay/sand and started making a pot forge inside an old Coal Grill. As for an Anvil I have an I beam that I wanted to reinforce with 2/4's around the middle to cut the sound down and maybe offer some rebound.... Any thoughts or other ideas to get started??!?

Thank in advance Smiths!

Ben
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jmccustomknives
My first coal forge was an old brake drum from a 70 F100 powered by a little wet/dry vac.  worked ok, but as I grew so did the forge.  The I beam will function but you'll want something better pretty quick.  A piece of RR track works a lot better for starts.

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

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Rreardon227
I keep hearing to use a RE track. Curiously where I would get one without spending too much. Might get a small "anvil" from harbor freight. Thanks for your reply! I think there's a couple junk yards around ill comb through.
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jmccustomknives
Those harbor freight anvils are great, for boat anchors.  Since they are soft cast iron it's like working on a pillow.  The I beam isn't much better, but it is more resilient.  

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

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Rreardon227
Well... I just need something hard to hit on and wife won't let me invest in something better until I try with.... next to nothing lol
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Jacob Elmslie
Hi, I'm also getting started (ok I've been saying that what like the past 12 years...)  In that time though I have been doing a lot of tinkering and collecting. Checking craigslist and yard sales for good finds. some of my best luck has come from talking to people about what I was looking for when making purchases. I guess though I am kind of lucky because Michigan in summer has a pretty big yard sale economy and stuff can be quite reasonable. 

That's how I found a piece of track, (going to be a anvil for my nephews use) when getting a buffer I saw outside he had a 12" piece so I made him an offer. and walked away with one for 20 bucks! (we were both happy) 

I might have even gotten it cheaper had I went to a scrap yard, but even ebay has some similar pieces for 35-40$ range. 
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Mike Westbrook
Solid fuel is great but for just starting out you can make a naturaly aspirated propane burner from pipe peices for about 20 dollars get a high pressure regulator for another 20 pile it inside some fire bricks hook it to your BBQ tank and your heating metal as for the I beam consider cutting a bull nose on one end box the sides and fill it with high strength morter depending how long and what size you could come close to 80 lbs or 1 bag worth it would add alot of mass for 5 dollars or so won't last forever but the mass greatly helps .....I just made this large single burner today its just scaled up from the three I built for my gas forge I plan to mount it upside down under a small table of sorts with some loose bricks so I can heat small sections in the middle of longer stock to do twisting bending without heating a large section then quenching to where the heat is needed all pieces minus the gauge cost me less than 20 dollars they do take some tuning but are so simple if you have the most basic tools you can build one
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Mike Westbrook
Quick test before work and I'm pretty happy with this burner no adjustments needed I have a rule of 4 and 1/4 for all the peices that always seems to Ballance well if your interested in making one I can share what I've learned the hard way !
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Rreardon227
Looks awesome, ill get there one day.
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