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Thinking about making a vertical forge - any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Forges, Ovens, Kilns, & Salt Pots' started by Rob Holm, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    Hi all,

    I haven't been on here much lately, been busy learning how to weld. . .

    I'm considering building a vertical forge for my shop project (that or an over-elaborate disc grinder stand of my own design. . . ;)). I'm pretty new to forging, but I don't want to limit my options regarding capacity.

    Any one have any helpful suggestions or ideas? What do like about your own forge? What would you change?

    My instructor can probably find most anything I'll need (other than the refractory cement).
     
  2. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Rob what are you planning on using it for ?
    I would make it vertical simply because you don't have the burner flame blasting on the steel.
    I think you get more convection heating in a vertical.
    You can also cut a hole in the back end and plug it when not in use, then you have the ability to forge long pieces.
     
  3. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    Why, for forging of course. . .

    ;)

    I agree with what you're saying. I have had some opportunity to use both styles of propane forge (as well as my simple charcoal forge) and watch others use them. But more than that I am interested in forging damascus - probably cable at first, but there will definitely be some flux involved. . .

    Of course, acquiring a hydraulic press (or trip hammer) is certainly going to be a priority, should this project actually get approved.

    Thanks for the quick reply!
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Since you're planning on forge-welding, the vertical is probably best. I think you can get more heat (and more even heat) out of a vertical for the same amount of gas.
     

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