A good, never mind, Great way to start metal forging/casting

I am pretty new, wait, very new to this, ok im a straight complete noob and i only know what i have seen (not much, but i do know how to scavenge anything and modd things to make it work...) and i was just wondering what would be the best way to make a medium sized forge and what to use to fuel it.

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FunkNattidelic (author) 10 years ago
So is this all of the advice i am going to get??
Until you pick up tools and report back, yes.
FunkNattidelic (author)  jtobako10 years ago
jtobako10 years ago
What tools and fabricating skills do you have to start with? Where are you (urban, suburb, rural)? Have you looked for blacksmiths locally (esp in historical re-creation groups or local history museums)?
FunkNattidelic (author)  jtobako10 years ago
well, i;m in the city so it'd have to be very small... Im starting from scratch this is completely new to me and all i've done before this is random projects of different types and mostly working with clay. i havent checked for local hist. recreatin groups... sounds interesting.. ill have to look into that. I dont have any tools to start out with.
FunkNattidelic (author)  FunkNattidelic10 years ago
I could do it at my trailer though. thats way in the country side of my city
If you are just testing the water, then playing with a campfire, an iron rod/bar, a pair of pliers (or two), a hammer (preferably ball pein) and a chunk of something (hard rock or metal, even a sledge hammer half buried would work) as an anvil would work. You could add a piece of steel pipe and a hairdryer to make the iron heat up faster. You could set up a "bean can" forge, which is a coffee can lined with ceramic fiber or furnace cement mixed with perlite/vermiculte or refractory cement and a hole in the side that you stick a propane torch in (mostly just the flame or the tip can melt). It's only good for small stuff but it's nice and quiet (until you get an anvil...) so you can use it in town. A light-weight/insulating firebrick (sort of a solid sponge rather than a heavy brick, about $5 at a pottery store) can have a hole drilled into it with a second hole in the side for the propane torch. IF you can get something called YTONG brick (aerated gypsum?) you can do the same thing. I really am going to have to make an instructable on temporary forges...
jtobako jtobako10 years ago
Oh, before I forget, you can melt aluminum in a campfire using a tin can as a crucible. The fire has to be mostly coals (very hot), and you can't poke at the aluminum much or you'll poke threw the bottom of the can. Pop cans work, but something thicker works better like aluminum tube or small engine bits. You can do open face castings by drawing in the dirt and pouring metal on top.
FunkNattidelic (author)  jtobako10 years ago
i have a chiminea thing for a fire (i think its steel or cast iron or something) would that work for melting aluminum? it has open sides so it doesn't insulate very well.
Insulation is needed for a gas fire, a solids (charcoal/wood/coal) fire just has to be banked up against the crucible.
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