Building A Clay Forge (See Description)




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Published on Mar 12, 2007

This is not an exact recipe...you kind of just have to figure it out.

I am not only a person who loves music but I also like to make things. I am starting to learn blacksmithing and I am building my forge. The metal I used was too thin so I rendered some clay and sand to line it with. Thought I would put a little fiddle music with it also to entertain the music enthusiasts. The tunes are Finley Creek blues and Louisville Breakdown.

**********UPDATE - INSTRUCTIONS (if you can call it that)************
So many people have been asking about the construction of this forge I figured I'd add it to the description.

This was made with an old hot water tank. I dug up some Ozarks red clay from my place and sifted it as shown in the video to remove all rock and other fragments. This method also gets the clay to one consistency. Let the clay dry in a wheel barrel. The dry powdery material is just sand. The sand is sifted (as shown in the video) and added to the really wet clay (thus drying the clay enough to knead) on a sheet of plywood. Then add dried grass clippings to the mix before kneading (I didn't show this in the video...sorry it was an adjustment to the original plan). The grass is needed to prevent large cracks in the clay as it dries. The ratio for the mixture is 1:1:1/2 of Clay:Sand:Grass clippings.

After using this forge for 3 years I would change a few things. First, the depth of the tank is too much! I wouldn't make the tank any deeper than 2 to 3 inches. The Fire pot only needs to be 2 inches deep and this will facilitate longer stock and lessen the amount of coal needed. Also, when you make the clay mixture, save some of it in a tightly sealed trash bag. From time to time you will need to rebuild the fire pot. To do this wet down the existing firepot clay and give it time to soak up the water, then add the fresh moist clay to the pot to rebuild. Be sure to get all coal or charcoal cleaned off first of course.

See my Website at: http://myerstownfarm.com

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