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!

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Comments
  1. Be very very careful, conduit is almost always galvanized, breathing in the zinc vapors can and will kill you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_fume_fever
    not fun stuff! Stay safe and burn on!

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