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    Forge WIP by BSG

    So it's clear that this knife making caper is addictive.
    And seeing as I've been at it for two months I though it about time I built a forge. I know I've been slacking off and should have done it by now.
    I was planning to just build one forge but..... I got carried away and bought a roll of isowool from Field Furnace and all the things I need to build four.
    I ultimatly want a forge slightly longer than the standard 9kg gas bottle, so I can heat treat longer blades. You just never now when you might need to H/T a large Zombie chopper. So I'm going to build three 9kg forges and I've got a 18kg bottle on it's way (A BIG thank you to Corin for all the help so far, I know it's just a forge.). I'm going to cut the 18kg down to 3/4 of it's size,so the bigger forge will be half as long again as a 9kg.
    I'll keep one 9kg forge for everday use and the 13.5kg for special occasions and put the other two up for sale on evilbay to cover my costs.
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    50mm 160kg isowool lining
    1" Burner from Gameco
    Cast refractory floor

    Anyway On with the pics

    The Bottles



    Door ways cut out



    Legs on



    Door way and entry. I was going to draw a welcome mat on it.

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    Good stuff, you wouldn't want to see my forge. LOL

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    Awesome work! I was going to do the same with the larger bottle. I'm glad your doing it first so hopefully I can copy and not make any mistakes. Haha. I had the thought as I was driving away from Gameco last week when I dropped off my forge for Corin to fix. I just happened to pass a place with heaps of old gas bottles, including 18kg and larger.
    Good luck with the build. Ill be watching with great interest
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    Was that your forge on the bench with the two burners??
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    Sure was! Got it ages ago and needed to get it fixed so I could use it. Seems to work ok, but think I will still make a bigger one like you mentioned before. Just need to buy some gear... And find the time hahaha


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    Nice work! I like your welded little door ledge, looks like it will be useful.

    Have you got plans on putting two burners on the longer forge? I don't have much experience and it might not be a big issue, but doing some longish blades in the smaller forge with one burner I still see some uneven heating, the tip being cooler than the middle of the blade due to the burner being in the centre of the bottle. Id be interested to hear from others doing longer forges.

    anyway, have fun, it is addictive once you start hitting that hot metal

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    Quote Originally Posted by splinters041 View Post
    Good stuff, you wouldn't want to see my forge. LOL
    Mine is a little on the rough side as well, horrible welds and not painted afterwards means she looks a bit rusty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
    Mine is a little on the rough side as well, horrible welds and not painted afterwards means she looks a bit rusty.
    Now this is rough. A few red bricks. LOL-007-jpg

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    Is there a forge in that pic. Looks like a pile of building materials Nice anvil though. I want one but the ASO's on Evilbay are overpriced.

    ndp_2010
    The shelf is for the door to sit on. I plan on using a firebrick for the door, the only problem is they are so soft that they almost fall apart in your hand. I plan on welding up a 5 sided box out of 3mm steel to protect it. It's hard to get a brick to sit flat against the rounded end of the gas bottle so I had the idea of welding the "door" frame for it to sit against.
    I'm yet to discuss the burner heating issues with Corin for the longer forge, he's a little busy with G10 and steel at the moment. And I've already bugged him enough for this week. He keeps telling me "It's just a forge, stop over thinking it"
    But my thought are, weld the nozzle in at 30 and the also move it from the middle to further away from the door. And then aim it slightly towards the door end. Does this make sense??
    I'm hoping that this will cause the heat to spiral down the length of the forge, giving even heat.
    If that doesn't work I'll just have to use two burners.
    Anybody have any experience with this??

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    I was going to use two burners on mine when I made it, but that's mainly because I wanted to make sure it was even, and because I was going to use the two burners from the forge of mine you saw at Gameco


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