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Thanks for the tip. I've seen that very brand at Walmart and other places. I'll try that!
Thanks for the tip. I've seen that brand at Walmart and other places. I'll try it!
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I'm intrigued by the suggestion to drill holes in the tuyere. How does that supply additional air if you already are using a blower?
A hubcap for a forge? Doesn't that burn through pretty fast? Have you tried using an old truck brake drum? Might hold up better than a hubcap. One guy I saw used an old stainless steel kitchen sink he got from a junkyard; he lined it with refractory cement. He said that worked really well. I'm working on a brake drum forge myself; I found a local auto repair shop that said "help yourself" when I asked about a brake drum. Didn't even charge me for it. He sort of had a "why the heck would you want that" expression.
You can buy those fancy-dan propane forges for a few hundred bucks, but building your own from a brake drum, I think, gives a guy a sense of accomplishment that you can't get from just typing in your credit card number on eBay. I'm on my way to building one of these, but the bugaboo for me is WHERE DO YOU FIND COAL? There are places that sell it online, but jeezaloo, they want a buck a pound plus shipping. There has to be a better source. Suggestions, anyone?