BBQ Forge Update – It Works!
Here is my original post on converting an old propane BBQ grill into a coal forge. For now, we’re using normal BBQ briquettes. I have heard that lump wood charcoal is better and we’ll try that later. I know coal is even better but it produces a lot of smoke. We’ll try that later too and see how it works.
We took the guts out of the BBQ, used refactory cement (homemade from equal parts sand and plaster of paris) to plug the holes in the bottom, drilled a hole in the bottom left hand side for inserting a bellows pipe and attached a hair dryer to the bellows pipe. We used the old lava rocks from the old BBQ to save on coal and reflect heat towards the center of the forge. It all looks a little dodgy in the photo but this was just a “proof of concept” trial run – and it works!
It heats up a lot faster than the “coffee can” forge we made. ( Read about and see a video on how to make one of those here and here. ) It gets a lot hotter than the propane forge and the metal is far easier to work as a result. It’s not hot butter but it’s many times easier to work!
Next, we’re going to switch the lava rocks and coals to either side. This will allow for the bellows pipe to be inserted further into the forge. This will in turn bring the hairdryer (the bellows) closer to the forge where we can fashion a shelf to hold it.
If you’re interested in building a BBQ type forge, but don’t have or want to use and old BBQ, here’s a great video on how to build one out of a steel pan and some wood. It’s a great video, complete with all the parts you need and instructions.
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