No fully assembled ones that I'm aware of. They're so easy to build
that many of us just do that instead. Or purchase only the key parts
that may cause some difficulty (fire pot).
Is there a specific reason you're looking for one fully
assembled/brand new? Many tools in this endevour have to be made from
scratch anyway, starting by building your own forge is usually the
On 28 Apr 2004 00:42:08 GMT, email@example.com (Jmdaconceicao)
Centaur Forge does sell forges fully assembled. The reason is simple I would
rather get to the blacksmithing than building forges. I just don't have the
time for building tables and other boring projects.
On 02 May 2004 15:08:47 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jmdaconceicao)
I can understand that. However, just be prepared later on to have no
other choice but to make time and build those "boring projects" since
many times there IS no other source for certain tools.
Good luck with your smithing.
Gobae - The Smith
Maybe you should consider a gas forge to save even more time. You
should probably get to "beating on hot iron" as cheaply as possible
because there is a lot of repetition required to learn the craft. You
need to find out early if that will be too boring for you, too. Don't
take this as a criticism; it's just that this craft doesn't come easily.
Sources for coal forges:
Placing classified ads in newspapers (rural "shoppers" in particular)
Buying or trading with other blacksmiths. Go to ABANA.org, find the
affiliate closest to you and join it. They all have meetings where
members gather. Most of us are collecting and upgrading all the time.
Many have stuff for sale and/or know of places where it is. Also, many
of the affiliates have newsletters with classified ads. Many offer
I cut a small hole in the side of the bucket for the tuyere, and a larger hole
lower down for storing a coal supply (which also serves as ballast to stabilize
the whole assembly) I left the bail on the bucket. Result is a portable coal
forge I can carry in one hand complete with several hours' fuel suppl;y. (The
blower is separate--I took along the freestanding Champion 400 that runs my
regular forge, and wish it was as light as the new portable forge!)
As I say, not fancy, but it worked as well as my permanent forge, for several
hours of continuous duty, and cost me less than two dollars to build. I've had
occasional need for a portable rig, so I'm keeping it around, but it was so
cheap and easy I could afford to throw it in the scrap and build another as
needed if I was real short on storage space.
Well, I don't know. If you're in a hurry or have a blower already,
Mark (or Chris) is right. You'd do better to buy the firepot from
Centaur and weld some plate up or something to create the hearth for
However, I got mine fully assembled, with the firepot, clinker
breaker, and electric blower from Centaur on special. Sometimes they
have specials and I picked his whole deal up for like $300.
Look around the web site and call them with any questions. I will
definitely be building my next forge myself because it will be
permanent and I know what I want. However, I like my portable deal
because right now I'm stuck forging in the driveway.
Also, www.beautifuliron.com is a great site to visit. He has lots and
lots of great information there on everything; even on building
forges. Also, see my web site (www.indyironworks.com) for pictures of
my forge. You can get an idea of what i got for my money.
I hope this helps,
Uh...sorry. I forgot to post the full link to the pictures. My web
site is a work in progress.
For the pictures, go here: www.indyironworks.com/~rvb01/blacksmith/pics
coal_rake_in_use.jpg gives a great picture of the coal forge.
Its Mark :) for pictures of my coal forges go to
my forgecart http://home.cogeco.ca/~vulcans-forge/forgecart.html uses the
vulcan heavy fire pot from centaur
thanks the cart works well for my re-enactments I'll be putting some pic's
on my site soon of an event that I did early in the summer....
the leather came from the Mohawk reserve nearby Deseronto I used deerskin I
used the plans from several sorces but the best information came from The
Blacksmith ironworker & farrier by Aldren A. Watson
isbn # 0-393-32057-x it give the plans for making a bellows from start to
finish the most complete instructions I have ever seen ...I'm located in
Kingston, Canada. I have a smaller "great" bellows under consruction at the
moment you are welcome to come and take a look if you are close by.
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