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Homemade coal forge

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:03 pm
by Darryl Ponder
Here are a few photos of a coal forge I finished just before the last Fall conference in 2012. I needed it so I could take the forge welding class we had just before the Fall conference started.

The firepot is welded up quarter inch plate started at one of Martin Pansch's "Po' Boy" coal forge classes and it works well, even though it is thin for a firepot from what you would read on the internet. After a season of use you can't tell there is any issue with the firepot, so I expect it to last for at least five more years. If it ever has an issue I'll just weld in some more quarter inch plate.

In these photos I didn't have my blower overhauled yet, so I was using a shop vac as an air source. Now I have proper blowers, both manual and electric and an air gate. Fire control is easy.

The best part of this design is the chimney. You are seeing version 1.0 here. I need to write up an article on the chimney made out of air duct, no smoke shelf, a slightly larger opening than you see here and a small removable plate over the fire that acts like a small hood. Version 1.1 of this chimney works very, very well. It really keeps the smoke out of your face.

Let me know if you have questions.

Darryl