by Dave Lint

My first forge was set up under a slant roof behind my garage which worked great until the winter of 1999.  When cold weather forced me inside, I removed some old treasures and promptly set up and went to work.  I soon discovered that the welcomed warm air also included smoke!  When a small hood with piping out the window did not work I disconnected the oil furnace from the chimney and connected a newly built table forge with a large hood.  It looked good, but the smoke still rolled! 

I decided to confer with Bob Rupert and Lester Six, who are both quite knowledgeable in the art of chimney making.  It was decided that a new chimney was not possible due to the attic floor construction and new roofing.  After collecting a lot of sage advice, I came up with an idea to save room in the shop and expel the smoke by building a forge into the wall like a bay window.   

By placing a large door on the rear of the forge, it would let long pieces through and the forge could be used from the outside in warm weather as well by adding another control to the rear.  I built the unit with an 5/8 steel shelf including a tong rack and a stainless steel body, with a 15 stainless steel chimney pipe on the outside of the building.  The blower is mounted 2 feet from the fire pot outside of the hood providing lots of direct air.  A pull-out air control lever handle was used; it can be pushed back in with my leg when hot items are removed, leaving hands free.  Glass doors were added to keep the heat inside when not in use and heat from the forge to the outside when working.

The ash bin is located inside the building.  This design saves valuable work space and addresses my initial smoke issue.  This forge has worked well and I now work 98% smoke-free!  I hope my design may be of some use to you that share similar problems.  If you have any questions please call me @ 724-529-7942 by e-mail  



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