2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Simple Blacksmith Forge Built For Less Than $50
“The brake drum bolts to a 1/8-in. thick steel plate that has holes drilled into the center. We welded the plate on top of the tripod stand, which he made from lengths of sq. tubing. A short 2-in. dia. pipe is welded to the bottom of the plate and fits into a T-connector. Another pipe is attached at a 90 degree angle to the T-connector and serves as the forge’s air flow tube. A third pipe with a metal cap on the bottom extends down from the T-connector and is used to collect ashes.
“To operate the forge, we clamped a blower to the air flow tube and it heats the lit coal in the forge pot until the coal bed is hot. Once it’s hot, reduce the blower’s speed until the coal bed reaches the ‘coke’ stage.”
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