Grill forge

I have read most of the homemade forge instructables posted here, but I don't think any of them would work for me, because in my fascist city, you are not allowed to burn ANYTHING except for cooking purposes (technically even fire pits are illegal). My idea was to get a cheap grill lid that I can put on my charcoal grill. I would then cut holes in it for air flow (a hairdryer, of course) and an opening. Would this be an effective forge? I need it for detempering, annealing and tempering blades. Also, what fuel would you recommend using (as in, a certain kind of charcoal/wood)? I am making throwing knives and I have every other thing I need. I'll probably make a slideshow when I'm done, as making knives is a pretty well 'ibled subject.

For your area a small gasser would be the way to go. There was one made from a coffee can. A little welding, and some pipe work, and you can have a working forge in no time. You may even look at Ken Scharobock's ebay store. Poor boy's blacksmithing tools. He carries a good little gasser for around 100 bucks, or look up Ron Reil's design. It woud be better in your area because it produces no smoke.

if you look on youtube you can see a guy making knives from rail road spikes using charcoal and his bbq grill. full out forging not just tempering. i'm actually in the process of doing the same thing my self. my only problem is finding an anvil. i'm thinking i'm going to use part of an i beam and use a railroad track as the horn.
I'd make a few little tweaks, such as maybe putting a firegrate over your air inputs, but otherwise this sounds fine for heat treating. As to charcoal, lump is considered the best but I'm sure briquettes can get steel to hardening temperature (it only needs to get cherry red).
Vendigroth9 years ago
Throw some spuds on, say you were cooking them. Your lid'd be great idea, but you'll need to line it with clay, to protect it and keep some heat in.