Jon (Jul 28, 2017)
I just tried the new forge!
I used scrap of wood instead of coal. Temperature is quite high after less than one minute, I didn't have the color scale but the piece was bright Yellow.
Consumption of fuel is a high with wood.
A very good thing noticed, I ignite the fire in few minute with few small pieces of firelighters, some paper and no forced air. I think the design of intake is perfect, with no fan the combustion is good, with fan flames are pronounced, this help to turn wood to charcoal fast.
Good news about temperature, old side forge had temperature issue in the legs and plate part, this new forge is hot only in the "V" frame and 15cm of legs. Air intake is cold.
I noticed that the air needed is not so much, the big size of the fan is not perfect and I have to open the valve to purge air outside manifold.
A good modifcation I want to build, I need to raise straight the side walls of the brazier in order to keep more wood.
Any advice is welcome!
Ps: It's really hard to forge a blade with a nice pattern!
Seedtick (Nov 7, 2017)
I know you've wanted a forge, and had commented about barbeques/ grilling too. Getting a reasonable flame and 6-8 inches from it on a grate, this could do both. regulating the heat is key; not much call for heat-treating beef ribs, lol.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
Maybe i should put some firebricks inside and limit the volume of the firepot, I got the feeling that even with half air ports closed the ventilation is high enough to reach every piece of wood. At least heat is pretty high in the middle, that's more or less the purpose
Let's wait for the next try with some new fuel, finger crossed!
Toolmaker51 (Nov 7, 2017)
Seedtick (Nov 15, 2017), Toolmaker51 (Nov 15, 2017)
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