brake drum forge

PaulJL

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Modified the forge to accept the bigger air inlet. Still cant get the coals to "take" even after a full pack of firelighters and a shitload of kindling. Gonna try it with charcoal to see if its just dodgy coke
 

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Panky

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Try a few holes in the hearth to draw some air in and create a natural flow and don't turn the blower on until the heart of the fire is glowing red.
 

PaulJL

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I raided the scrap skip at a local heritage railway..... Got a piece of railway rail For a small donation of course. Should make a good small anvil until I go pick up the big one
 

PaulJL

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Ok. Long story short but.....NAILED IT!
Lighter blocks and charcoal, no fan, once it took I put coke on top, left it alone for 20 mins then hit the on switch!
 

PaulJL

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Me and John had a play yesterday. He made a coat hook and I made a small hatchet head out of a hollow stub axle. Took some doing to get it to forge weld together. The heat treat went well despite setting fire to my oil tank, the lid put it out :)
 

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