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    Default Forge

    Hi all,
    Had a bit of shed time this week so i thought i would have a go at building a small forge for my home workshop. I have had the idea for a while since i picked up an old cylinder off the scrap heap.I have made a manifold inside out of 1 inch heavy wall pipe and have a fitting on the handle to connect the compressor hose, will add a valve later so I can adjust the flow rate at the handle instead of at the compressor. I Tried it out before painting and it worked quite well, just wish i had more room in my garage for a larger version but this will do for now. Anyway thats enough rambling let me know what you think.
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    Looks very good! What are you using for fuel? I have never used a forge so this will be educational for me.

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    Default fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by weldwade View Post
    Looks very good! What are you using for fuel? I have never used a forge so this will be educational for me.
    Hi wade,
    Thanks for the kind words.I prefer to use coke as a fuel but until i can find a local supplier I am using BBQ heat beads.

    Cheers,
    Steve

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    what no coal around "Newie" just head west a bit mate. lots of coal mines out that way. around the muswellbrook area.

    just came back from there in Aug. was welding up in the mackay area.
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    millermatic 251
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    Default coke not coal

    G'day Arc,
    Plenty coal around Newie I contract at a lot of the collieries but coal is a bit dirty to burn at my house I would much prefer coke it burns a lot cleaner. I got rellatives up in mackay how did you like the area?

    Cheers
    Steve
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    That looks good. I dont belive I have every seen on done that way.

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    Thanks MKS,
    We used to use a large version at work made out of a 44 gallon drum lined with fire bricks, I have always liked the idea of adjusting the air flow from a compressor with a valve as the heat can be controlled really well. I was out lookind for a hardwood stand for my anvil on the weekend and came across a much larger cylinder G size here in australia, I don't know if that means anything to you guy's over their, so a larger forge may be in store for the near future. Thanks to everyone for there replies it is nice to get some feedback good or bad as i still have a lot to learn.

    Cheers
    Steve

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    mackay was good, but i did like it down around your area a little better. just a little hot for a Canadian up there in the tropics, especially when ya got to start burning some rod.

    ya i guess coal would be a little dirty for a home huh? forgot about that part...
    trail blazer 302
    hypertherm plasma
    millermatic 251
    high feq. arc starter
    suit case (extreme 12vs)
    o/a torches
    way to many other tools to list

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