That sounds strange, I know. A good size for the top of your forge is 3 by 5 feet. I can spy an anvil or a blower 'bout eleven miles off.
At this point one end of the pipe is still open. It's easy!
A forge can be set up almost anywhere personal preference dictates: Next, pierce the upper surface of the pipe so that air blown through it can reach the coals in the forge. The completed frame, constructed around a chimney, is slanted in at the bottom to allow foot room.
To pick up iron without tongs unless you know it hasn't been heated is inviting trouble. When I did make the test I found that the fire gave off large quantities of sparks which were both unbelievably hot and impossible to dodge.
Do Not Hit the Snooze Button. Now you'll need some kind of a device to force air through the pipe to the tweer. I'm going to line it with fire bricks and I will build a divider so I can shorten my firebox for most projects. When you heat the metal, you only need to heat what you can hammer before it cools and has to be reheated.
And cover them with some steel plate. The worst burns come not from glowing metal — which almost everyone has brains enough to stay away from — but from pieces that are supposedly cool.
Meals In A Jar. To build a fire with soft coal, crumple up a goodly amount of newspapers, light them, and place them in the bottom of the firebox.
I was wondering if the cement would explode when I start the fire. To homesteaders who master the basics of the craft, though, smithing can mean far more: A fire is lit to season the concrete around the tweet. I ignored this rule for two years and got away with it.
Also, incomplete combustion of coal and charcoal may cause the emission of deadly, odorless carbon monoxide gas. Charcoal is hard to obtain even if you can afford it. Three fuels are generally used in blacksmithing: Will that be deep enough?
I can't give you the first, but I can help you set up the second.