The plan now is to burn out that stump!
I'll video that.
Then reconstruct the strange brickwork thing, lower it, level it off and think about forge options. Propane is looking most likely.
Oh, yeah, and fit a roof over the area.
The council came to visit me when I removed a tree, proper moody little shits. Nothing ever came of it but they made out like it would.
My new place is listed, any works need permission, even planting veg. Not that I ever remember to get it.
I'm great with fire if you want a hand? I can make up some thermite just in case normal fire is not up to the job :-)
I'll wait with the stump then. Thermite would be fun, I have plenty of metal powder for my spray welding thingy which I haven't got round to playing with yet either. With the stump I was going to drill some holes, fill with fire and hit with a leafblower.
Working on a simple propane forge. he idea is to design something and actually make it so this is as simple as I could get it. Folded from 4mm steel, Calcium Silicate board and fire bricks for the base.
Am working on the front door(s). Just a simple insulated flap with a hole perhaps so I can leave longer pieces in it. Needs a little support arm at the front for the tongs to rest on. Rear "door" is removable for extra long bits. Burner is a simple atmospheric type.
Case is fully assembled and welded, top is removable screwed in place. Insulation interlocks and is held in place with fire bricks at the bottom. Fire bricks held in place by gravity.
Copied the overall design from one I saw on GlenGS Tongs YouTube channel though I have added a few touches to make it easier to build.
if you want simple, go buy a Tesco/asda el cheapo hairdryer, and scrounge a chunk of exhaust tube from your local garage, bit of brake line to inject the gas into the airstream, and bobs your granny. forced air is a lot easier and quicker to get right than a venturi driven job. Also , the superlight breeze blocks can be used as insulation and you can cut them with a cheap hardpoint saw. You don't need any metalwork at all for a working furnace/forge. Check your temp ratings on the silicate boards, they tend to get extremely brittle after exposure to high temps, and will often not support their own weight. they also don't usually cope well with direct flame impingement.
It needs to be a sturdy metal box because it's going to live outside. The venturi design is inefficient but super simple and much more likely to pop into reality. It bolts on so can be upgraded if it ever happens. Calcium Silicate is only rated to 1000 degrees C but is cheap and the design makes them easy to replace. If it works, I can replace with much higher rated (much more expensive) boards. Celcon/Thermalite blocks are cheap but won't last as long as refractory boards and are too delicate for the base, they're also a lot bigger and bulkier.