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new forge up and running

Discussion in 'Forges, Ovens, Kilns, & Salt Pots' started by boatbuilder, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. boatbuilder

    boatbuilder New Member

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    I couldn't wait any longer. I did a little pipe fitting to get the forge ready to fire. I fired it up and stuck a piece of 1-3/4" shaft in and less than 10 minutes it was glowing yellow. There is absolutly no comparison to my old forge that just had castable refactory in it for lining over top of 2 layers of 1" kaowool. This one has 1 layer of kaowool and 2 thin layers of ITC-100. I am sold on the ITC-100 for sure. I cant wait to get my pidd controller hooked up to see how much heat is in that forge. I was running it at 6 psi and had to turn it down to 4 psi with the fan blowing full on.
    I can't wait to heat some steel and squish it with "ORANGE CRUSH"

    Jim
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    The new forge sounds impressive. Any chance of a few pictures?

    What are you using for a burner? And while I'm at it, where did you get your ITC-100 from? I looked a while back and could only find a couple places in the US of A and none of them would ship to Canada.:-/
     
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    boatbuilder New Member

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    All I am using for a burner is a piece of 2" pipe (12") with a 1/4" nipple welded about 1/3rd the way up. This is where I tie my propane into. The 2" nipple threads into a 2" x 1-1/2" 90 deg elbow. the other end of the 2" nipple, I built a flange to tie onto a blower that I bought from the blacksmith depot. Then a piece of 1-1/2" (12") threaded nipple threads into the elbow. This is all my burner is, very simple and cheap to build. I got the design from Ed Caffrey. I used his forge and was amazed how well it worked for being so simple. I purchased the ITC-100 from the blacksmith depot online.

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    Jim
     
  4. cappaletti

    cappaletti New Member

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    I got my forge plans from Ed too...great guy and heckuva bladesmith!
     

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