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Cross draft forge/kiln experiments

 
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I want a forge that requires no blower, is made of dirt, burns wood, and doubles as a pottery kiln. My first design was to make a rocket forge using the fire chamber dimensions in Ernie/Erica's design. I live in Florida and a sand forge would it good up so I dug a clay mine.
We excavated clay until we hit water about six' deep.
Plan A: build the forge using E&E's design.
It failed for two reasons:I did not check dimensions often so it slumped and it was clay, not super-insulation. I didn't know the materials were a critical factor.

Plan B. Chip out the interior to specs.
Plan C. Rebuild.
Still wrong material. You can see a Chuck of the old forge.
I then learned that it needed insulation to work

Plan D. I found this video and followed his design. This is my rendition.
 
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How do find the correct link to my photos? Do I have to upload them to the web first?
 
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Hi Huxley, the most foolproof way to attach images is to use the attachment tab below your post and upload them from your device.  I'm guessing you're dramatically younger and more technologically savvy than me so hopefully my old-timey explanation still works for the way you're pictures are taken/stored/clouded...  
 
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