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Low-cost forge set-up using savaged or common parts  RSS feed

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Dealing with shoeing horses, or wanting to make useful or decorative things from steel?

I just came across this article on Instructables, about setting up an effective small forge. There's a vid, parts diagram, and discussion about construction. The parts - brake drum, floor flange, 2" steel pipe, hair dyer, dimmer switch, concrete blocks - are easy to obtain, probably second-hand. For most people this would be cheap to build.

This isn't a propane set-up. The maker uses charcoal briquettes. Other solid combustables might also work.

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I know of an even simpler set up - google dave budd iron age forge. Its basically a hole in the ground with bellows, but you could easily use a hairdryer instead of bellows. Minimal kit and can do nearly everything a modern forge can. You dont even need a steel anvil - you can use stone. Plenty of blacksmiths in rural parts of africa do.
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Great stuff, Joel. Have you fired it up and pounded any metal yet? If so, I'm sure others would also like to see your work.

I took a similar approach with my homemade scrap (wood/charcoal) forges, seen here www.permies.com/t/30487/gear/Wood-Charcoal-Blacksmithing-Tips-Tricks

I hope my experience can help you out.
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Instructables is a good source to check out for Great D.I.Y. Information ! In this case I only have a small bone to pick The Forge seen here was fired with Coal!

I am guessing at the coal size as probably chestnut! It could be a 1 or even two sizes smaller, Big AL
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