This forge is meant to burn coal.. You can you lump charcoal and wood, but it will take a lot more of it to keep the heat at the right temperature for the duration of the process..
Step 1: Things You Will Need..
-- 1 1/4" Scrap Black Iron Pipe..
-- 1/2" Scrap Black Iron Pipe..
-- 1 1/4" Scrap Iron Pipe Tee..
-- 1 1/4 Scrap Iron Pipe Cap..
-- 1/8" Scrap Angle Iron..
-- Small Scrap Plate of 1/8" Steel..
-- 11" Diameter Scrap Brake Drum..
-- Cheap Hairdryer or Other Blowing Device..
-- Horizontal Bandsaw..
-- Cold Saw..
-- Flow Waterjet..
-- Angle Grinder..
-- Lincoln 255xt (MIG)..
Step 2: Waterjet?.. Duh..
We'll cut a small plate with a 1.27" diameter hole in the center. This plate will allow us to mount the black Iron pipe to the bottom of the brake drum.
Step 3: Choppin' Some Pipe..
The length you cut on the pipe is up to you. Just think of how tall you want it to stand. This forge is a little over 3 feet..
-- Cut the 1 1/4" pipe down on the bandsaw so that you have two longer pices and one short piece..
-- Make sure the shorter of the pieces has a threaded end so we can attach a cap to let debris out of the pipe..
-- The longer piece that will be mounted to the brake drum should have a threaded end as well. This will allow the blower arm to pivot..
Step 4: Plug Doz Holes and Mount Some Pipe..
-- Grab that brake drum and get it ready for some welding..
-- Position the plate and pipe so the that the pipe opening is in the center of the brake drum hole..
-- Weld the plate and pipe together..
-- Weld that plate to the brake drum.. Crank that MIG and make sure you get good penetration..
Step 5: Tee Time..
-- Weld the blower arm to the tee so that it forms a 90° angle with the pipe coming from the brake drum..
-- Weld the shorter pipe to the bottom of the tee..
-- Thread the end cap on.. This will allow us to release any ash or debris that falls into the pipe..
Step 6: Get Your Angle On..
-- Weld up the little frame on the bottom of the brake drum.. Again make sure you get good penetration on this weld!! This frame will be used to help mount the legs to the brake drum..
Step 7: A Little Mo Choppin'..
-- Cut down some smaller pieces of pipe to be used as horizontal supports for the legs..
Step 8: Legs and Supports..
-- Weld the legs to the frame and the brake drum.. It's crucial that these are securely welded!
-- Weld some supports for the legs.. this will help with any wobbling..
-- If any of the pieces are uneven.. Cut them down with the angle grinder..
Step 9: We're Blowin' Up..
-- If you use a hair dryer, put a piece of tape over the cool button.. We don't need the blower to blow hot air when the fire will do that for us.. Plus I was worried bout this old thang over heating..