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Old 08-23-2020, 10:21 PM
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Shade still waiting on more photos.
This project got shelved for now...

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Old 08-24-2020, 10:49 AM
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Bought my propane forge from JB who is on here. Mid Indiana, if you haven't met him, he is a top notch guy, full of information and suggestions. Might check with him, very reasonable, had to be I could afford it!!! Has been in use in my school shop for a couple of years and the advanced welding classes love making knives errrrr letter openers on it. It is a real workhorse.
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Old 09-02-2020, 11:29 AM
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Old 10-02-2020, 05:56 PM
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I'm going to attempt to post a video of my "D" or "mailbox" shaped forge with my burner at an angle which causes a very nice swirl and brings the work to temp very quickly and evenly. (The doors are open for filming purposes)
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Old 10-02-2020, 06:23 PM
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That is hot stuff.


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Old 11-02-2020, 01:21 PM
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I built a "Don Fogg" type verticle forge with an air assist burner.

When the forge got up to temp, it hummed like the Starship Enterprise at about Warp 9!
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Old 11-02-2020, 08:02 PM
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Looks like it will work!

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Old 12-24-2020, 04:17 PM
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The best way to think about it is forges are just another tool and you have to have the right tool for what your working on. I I was just making small wall hooks a coffee can forge would be enough but if I was making sledge hammers then I would need a sizable forge. The key is to have an idea of what the common sized item your working on will be then design your forge interior size a little larger than that if you know you'll sometimes work on larger items.

Coal/coke forges really have the most adaptability overall and its part of why they are still popular for non industrial shops and hobbyists as you need one for most everything where gas is build a new forge if you switch from S hooks to hammers for gas efficiency.

The best middle ground for gas forges is pile'o'brick forges and you can add or remove bricks to change the size to fit what you're working on though they are not stable and moving unprotected insulating firebricks around tends to damage them quickly.

So on the previous notion of the Mifco slot forges they tend to work better as bases for pile of bricks in hobby and small shops than as their designed configuration. Its what we did with ours as well as disabling 2 of the burners to reduce size and somewhat cut back gas flow.
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