Intro: Make a Small, Practical Forge
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i'mma making another instructable, showing what you can upgrade this to without much work. coming soon!
This instructable will show you how to make a small (no more than 2 feet by two feet) forge for melting lead and/or heating thin-ish steel to shape it.
Unfortunately, i only have pics of the forge in action, as i didnt think of making an instructable until i came in.
Be careful with this, as it can produce high temperatures and will almost certainly injure you if you touch the bricks after use. Give it about a 2 day cooldown period just to be safe.
Step 1: Bricks!
You need them. anything from 5-11 will work fine. If you only have 5, you can only make one layer though :(
Also, something to put underneath it. I used roofing slate, and although it cracked because of the heat, it kept it burning REAL hot.
Step 2: The Build Stage...
Place the slate on the floor. Now, make a pentagon using 5 bricks on their sides. Move two apart to make a small gap, so that you can light your forge etc. Add your second layer in much the same way, except (if you only have 10 bricks like me) only using four. If you have more, use 5, but stagger them from the ones below.
Step 3: Fuel!
I found that wood works best for me, as most of mine is dry + easy to cut. But, im sure coal will work fine, as will charcoal etc. Experiment, and see what results you get. To make it melt lead, add a piece of metal over the top, on a slant (this is what the extra brick is for XD) and place your lead in the centre of the metal over the fire. This WILL melt the lead, after it has gotten to heat, and it almost certainly will direct flame out one side flamethrower-style (if not with the range).
BE SAFE WITH THIS!