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grumeister

Does anyone here do this? Its something i want to start and i have a taster session booked in a few weeks.

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Funkywingnut
24 minutes ago, grumeister said:

 

Does anyone here do this? Its something i want to start and i have a taster session booked in a few weeks.

 

Im interested in doing this also, I hear it can be quite an expensive hobby

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grumeister

I can imagine to get all the gear it can be. I have an old bbq that im debating about trying to convert into a coal forge.

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I think creating a small forge would be reasonably easy, I would go the gas burner way first if I'm honest, from the programs I have watched coal forges seem much more inconsistent. 

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Beaker

Look up brake drum forges. Dad did a bit when he got in to making wrought ironwork, and we built one. They're not brilliant, but they are good enough to stsrt out with.

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Funkywingnut
Just now, Beaker said:

Look up brake drum forges. Dad did a bit when he got in to making wrought ironwork, and we built one. They're not brilliant, but they are good enough to stsrt out with.

I reckon you could create a gas forge with something like this and some fire back and insulation. https://www.amazon.co.uk/PoundSaver®-Boiling-Portable-Restaurant-Catering/dp/B0763SFJ9B?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_13

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I reckon you could create a gas forge with something like this and some fire back and insulation. https://www.amazon.co.uk/PoundSaver-Boiling-Portable-Restaurant-Catering/dp/B0763SFJ9B?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_13
It is to do with intensifying the heat IIRC. When you restrict the space the gas burns in, you can get it hotter. This is from memory, Intried using it and it just isn't a skill I can master.

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Funkywingnut
2 minutes ago, Beaker said:
5 minutes ago, Funkywingnut said:
I reckon you could create a gas forge with something like this and some fire back and insulation. https://www.amazon.co.uk/PoundSaveremoji2400.png-Boiling-Portable-Restaurant-Catering/dp/B0763SFJ9B?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_13

It is to do with intensifying the heat IIRC. When you restrict the space the gas burns in, you can get it hotter. This is from memory, Intried using it and it just isn't a skill I can master.

Put this in a container such as an old gas bottle with the ends cut off, insulate it I think that would work ???

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Beaker
Put this in a container such as an old gas bottle with the ends cut off, insulate it I think that would work ???
No idea. There were some good tutorials on the 'net 15 years back. I assume there will be sone even better ones now.

I just followed the instructions, and used the old drum off an FX4 that we had spare on the shelf.

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Just now, Beaker said:

No idea. There were some good tutorials on the 'net 15 years back. I assume there will be sone even better ones now.

I just followed the instructions, and used the old drum off an FX4 that we had spare on the shelf.

Maybe worth a try when the weather fares up, definitely not a shed type activity 

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grumeister

This is the bbq i have that i was thinking about. Possibly a bit deep.

My plan was to clean it up, reinforce with clay and use the hole at the bottkm for the air flow. Mahbe build it up a few inches so it has a flay bottom20190315_174904.jpeg20190315_174857.jpeg

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Funkywingnut

I think that would do, you could pad it our with fire brick if need be. I still think gas is the way forward, just because you can control the heat

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grumeister

I dont think id trust myself with gas!

I have a taster session in a few weeks so hoping to ask the black smith im with some questions. Especially about toold to assist with the finish. I dont think ill have the spare case for a power hammer, grinder etc

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Funkywingnut
1 minute ago, grumeister said:

I dont think id trust myself with gas!

I have a taster session in a few weeks so hoping to ask the black smith im with some questions. Especially about toold to assist with the finish. I dont think ill have the spare case for a power hammer, grinder etc
 

I reckon you could get a small bench grinder for pretty cheap, hand filling would be horrendous 

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/categories/?search=bench grinder

Hammering would have to be all by hand

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grumeister

Thats not to bad to be fair, cheaper than i thought.

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