I’ve about worn out my old cheap grinder, so I’ve been holding off on working on blades until I get my new grinder finished. However, I wanted to participate in the virtual BBQ and offered to start a couple forge WIPs.
First, let’s start with the simple 2 brick forge of a non-traditional design. Normally, you hollow out the sides of two bricks and wire the two together. I did this but felt that it was a bit flimsy. I like a hole down the middle. It’s a bit more work, but it is tougher and gives a better swirl for more efficient combustion. I also coat the inner chamber with cement. These bricks are so soft that your forging stock will quickly damage the brick. The cement on the other hand is very sturdy and easy to apply. You can stand the forge on other bricks, strapped to a cinder block works well, also.
Here are the parts you might need to build it: $15 Two soft insulating firebricks $2 16 oz. Rutland 2700° refractory cement $3 12″ x 24″ 1/4″ metal cloth $15 Propane torch (I prefer the MT245C by Magna, nice large flame) $5 Propane fuel
Tools needed Saw Drill Tin snips / wire cutters 12″ long 3/16″ drill bit or thick coat hanger 3/4″ or 1″ spade bit 2″ or larger hole saw or forstner bit
Start with two bricks. Normally, you would use straight bricks, but I have a plethora of arch bricks and the build process is the same.