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    A friend and I volunteered to rehab the forge at a local Scout camp. It's lain idle for years (probably decades, based on the size of the tree Dave pulled out of the forge!). We should've counted the rings.

    Last weekend we hauled up a blower (the Ranger had not yet found where their blower was hiding, probably in the back of a shed somewhere), some coal, tongs, &cetera and tried firing the old forge.

    First thing, it's huge. It would take a 100 pound bag of coal with room left over. We had to pile up some bricks in the forge to constrain the fire to a reasonable size. But it worked. For a warm up ;^) we made a couple of S-hooks to give to the camp Rangers. Then it was on to the main event. We're trying to come up with something the Venturer groups could do as an activity. What do these kids like most? Fire, Bacon, and Knives. Well, I think we got 2 out of 3 here. Not bad.

    Start with a RR spike, heat it to bright orange, and whale on it with a big hammer. Heat it again, pound it some more. Repeat until the end of it looks knife-like. One more heat, stick it in the vise, and put a twist in the handle. Then it's off to the bent sander, files, and grinder to finish it off.

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    Wood Hoarder, Blade Sharpener, and Occasional Tool User

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    Looks like a beast of a forge. I would get getting yourself a chimney mounted through that handy slot in the back, That and look to get yourself some HEAVY angle iron and steel plates. You can use the plates as bases to with the angles mounted on them. This would give you some moveable 'walls' to contain your fire and get some depth to it. Would also make a nice spot to mount the inlet for the chimney.

    Overall looks like fun, nice clean anvil, no breaks/chips and the edges look good, Just needs a quick hit with a wire brush.

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      Bacon? You could cook the whole pig on that thing!

      Cool knife.

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        If you did put a hood on it you could fashion a fan on top to pull the fumes up and away from the kids. Coal fumes will do them some damage. Its very toxic. Why not help them stay healthier while they learn something?

        Just because they are in a camp doesn't mean safety should be shoved to the side. Not trying to offend anyone just make a suggestion is all.

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          Open fire coal smoke might be noxious but it isn't very toxic. Working at an outdoor forge for a weekend camp will not hurt or damage any healthy person IMHO. I cranked the blower for the forge many hours in an enclosed smithy and would estimate that a jog near traffic would cause considerably more damage. My ENT specialist agrees with this assessment BTW; I asked him since I am setting up to do some casting and forging work.

          Ken
          Last edited by KenL; 07-29-2012, 09:19 AM.

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            The chimney wouldn't need a fan, and a fan would actually be a pain since it would get dust and sparks flying at it. Just put about 6-8 ft of vertical 6" duct, a 90 elbow and then a piece of 6" duct going to a rectangular floor vent. The last piece of pipe plus floor vent can even be on a flex to make positioning easier.

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              Hey Darrell,

              Most kids would enjoy making a poker with a twisted shaft. Bending, pointing, twisting. It was my first project. I was a thirty something kid though.

              Say "Hi" to the little lady for me. It's been a while.

              Kev

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