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Is this a good design for a forge? Answered

I'm wanting to make a forge, and i have 20 extra bricks, so i was thiknking of making a forge out of brick, following this idea i had in this image.
If i made it it would be about 35in by 35in and i havn'e decided on the height. It would use a poured concrete base, I chose brick over making the whole thing out of concrete because i thought it would be stronger. But idk

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gearhead1951Best Answer (author)2010-06-02

I dont see anything wrong with yer idea ,  but if you want some more qualified folks to give thier opinion go to th' forums at www.backyardmetalcasting.com and ask this question !

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Re-design (author)2010-06-02

I hate to always be the one to throw the first "stone" but you cant' use regular brick in contact with fire.  Especially a fire that hot.  It'll crack and crumble in just a few heatings then all your work is wasted.  You have to find firebrick that is made especially for that use.

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caarntedd (author)Re-design2010-06-05

Concrete may also be no good.

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lemonie (author)Re-design2010-06-02

If it's in contact with fire. The usual forge-arrangement is to have a blown-hot-spot in the middle of a bed of coke.

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jtobako (author)2010-06-05

That's more than 20 bricks : ) The most important part is getting the air into the fire-everything else is just looking pretty. European side draft (air pipe into the middle of the fire) or American bottom draft (where the air comes up from the bottom)? Put a hood or chimney on it or you WILL be eating smoke and not able to see your fire. My forge is a flat plate with bottom draft, 3 'walls' of clay brick 3 rows high (9 bricks total) and a chunk of metal bent into a tube for a chimney.

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