Introduction: Mini Propane Forge
In this Instructables, I show how I made my mini propane forge. I know quite a few people have already done this and mine isn't really much different. But I was making my own so thought best film it!
It's very simple starter forge, and ideal for people just getting into knife making or blacksmithing. I have quite a few knife projects planned and needed a decent way to heat the blades up for heat treat.
For this project you will need;
Step 1: Bricks
I used these J23 Soft Fire Bricks. They are nice and easy to work with and light to move around. I needed 5 bricks in total, 4 for the main body of the forge, and 1 for the back to keep the heat in.
Stacked them up in the formation that would give me a small camber in the middle.
Step 2: Cut
The chamber area is quite small as it is. It might be fine if I was working with small bits, but my first knife project is going to be a large chef knife, and this would not fit in. So I measured a 1cm wide groove on the inside of each of the bricks to increase the size.
I used a regular woodworking saw, and carefully cut away the bricks along the lines. The soft fire bricks are super easy to cut through, though they are quite crumbly.
Step 3: Cement
I then took some Refractory Kiln Cement and put it on the bricks. I'm probably going to get ripped apart here, but I just wore some gloves and worked it onto the edges that were going to come into contact with each other. I put it all round and stacked the bricks together and lightly clamped them in place.
I left them to set for 24 hours and it was done.
I'm using a small Propane tank and a torch to heat it. I originally planned to drill a hole to poke the torch in but couldn't decide where I wanted that to go. In the end, I left it just loose at the end and it works just fine.
Step 4: Final Images
And that's it. In the end, I added some pieces of angle iron and welded them together to make it all a little firmer. I think this is totally optional but where I have my forge, I end up having to move it around a lot so I wanted the added security. I will have a few knife projects coming out in the next few weeks. So make sure to subscribe to my Instructables + YouTube Channel.
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i have a place to get firebricks and some Refractory Kiln Cement i am thinking of forge weld heath using a weed torch do you feel these forced can hold up the the heath needed for forge welding a farish rasp
I don't think the weed torches quite get hot enough. I looked into one but didn't get hot enough for my needs Have a look what the max temp is for the model you are looking at. I might get hot enough just to work the metal? Farriers rasp sounds like a cool project!
i have a blue torch i have not used it with a firebrick forge , i was thinking a harbier fraight torch for more flame and heat
- Turbo blast trigger for a burst of extra heat
- Durable steel nozzle jet and flow valve
- Insulated ergonomic grip
- Heats to over 3000º F
Requires 20 lb. propane tank, not included
the rasp i want to try to forge weld a hatchet i have seen these on you tube thank,s for that instrucable
Is one pack (1Kg) of cement sufficient?
This method is just using already formed bricks rather than having to pour your own cement. Thanks