How to Build a Better Forge

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Introduction: How to Build a Better Forge


How to build a better forge.

This forge is better insulated than the firebrick forge and keeps a more even heat on the inside.

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Erm... I'm looking to make a forge. I don't know a lot about the materials and know that some of them can be harmful. So I looked up whether or not dura blanket kills you upon skin contact and couldn't find anything. It seemed a bit extreme of a reaction and am wondering how accurate your statement is about it being fatal? And also if you are just making that up in a joking way it's misinformation like that which can end up actually killing or injuring a person when they don't pay attention to actual safety information because they think it's a joke. There was a point where you didn't know anything and not everyone understands these jokes as being obvious like the old skyhook and board stretcher stuff. They could easily treat actual safety precautions as a joke and give themselves cancer or blow something up. Don't joke about stuff like this. I got exposed over a period of weeks to friable asbestos and lead due to improper safety warnings, what may have seemed obvious to people in the industry isn't to amateurs I had no idea what I was opening myself up for. Don't do it. And if it is as deadly as you say I find it odd that I can't find any information on something that can cause death upon contact.

I am assuming what we call Rock Wool in the US would do a good job as well, and handle higher temperatures as well...

Brilliant work, I may build this and use Rock Wool and some high temp fire brick. if I do, I'll post a note about how it went.

I used to work for a company that built, repaired, and maintained smelting, heat treating, and glass furnaces. Whenever we used that type of ''blanket'' for insulation, we would first soak it in AP green mixed to about the thickness of soup. That should make it a bit safer to handle, and maybe even cut down on particles floating around when in operation.

I think he is being a little dramatic. Here is the MSDS, Yeah it is a mechanical irritant but that is about all. Think rash and inflimation. Still though gloves and resperator are a minimum like any fiberglass type insulation.

http://www.unifrax.com/msdsappr.nsf/bymsds/m0001

How long should it typically take from ignition to get a piece of blade steel to red hot?

i used fire cement instead of fire blanket. its rated to 1300 C . Outher shell is small fire extinguisher.

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Beautiful! I was talking to my uncle the other day about gas forges, weighing the pros and cons vs a coal forge like the one he has, and the larger working area for popping odd shaped or larger bits into the fire for heating seemed to tip to the coal forge. Leaving both ends of yours open means a long piece can be slid through until the appropriate spot is in position for heating, which is definitely a major plus. Little small maybe, but it's definitely an effective little heater.

I don't like it. I'm sorry, but I get the fun out of Forging things by actually having to Screw around with the coal and other stuff. I am comfortable with it also. Don't flag me because I am just trying to make my... Unless! You could possibly set it up on a REAL forge and then you can use that as a Back/Front fire! Ooh! Yeah! Sorry I am Really Exited!