Firing up the Furnace

Posted: October 3, 2010 in Burner, Furnace Body

Well, it’s now time to finally put the burner in the furnace and bring this forge up to temp to do a nice burn-out prior to coating with the ITC-100 Infrared Reflector.  As a result, it’s not going to get as hot and be as efficient as it WILL be later, but I need to get all of the burnout done before sealing it.   This gives me a chance to see what it can do.

This is the furnace after a few minutes to get up to heat.  The object in the center is a steel can that I was melting aluminum in… a nice hot orange.  The rod to the left of that was a graphite rod that I snapped and it fell ito the furnace.  Hot hot hot.

Once it’s up to temp, lets insert a 1952 electrical conduit/bolt.

The yellow is outgassing mixed with burning off the paint.

And just so that I can say I’ve done it… a couple of whacks on the anvil later…

Orange metal deforms a lot easier than I thought it would.  Ha ha!   Happy forging!

  1. Be very very careful, conduit is almost always galvanized, breathing in the zinc vapors can and will kill you.
    not fun stuff! Stay safe and burn on!

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