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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 01-27-2017 11:57 PM 328 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KelleyCrafts

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01-27-2017 11:57 PM

All, I have an opportunity to get one of these for free, I would need to convert it to gas or something but is it even worth getting to harden steel or make tools? I’m guessing no but wouldn’t mine some input from some of the people I know that work steel for tools. It’s also pretty big and originally used for ceramic. Ripthorn, bobasaurus….others not mentioned.

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 05:37 AM

I built mine from a brake drum and use an old hair dryer with charcoal.

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 05:43 AM

I think after research I’ve decided to pass. The thing is huge and I really would be better off with a brake drum size myself. Less to store too.

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 05:57 AM

You’re talking 2 different things. Brake drum forges are for heating and shaping metal. Kilns are used for heat treating steel. With simple carbon steels like O1 or 1085 you can harden and temper with just a forge but with more complex steels like L6 you need something that can maintain precise temperature for hours at a time.

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 06:05 AM

I make knives and tools out of whatever scrap steel I happen to get hold of.

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 06:10 AM

Yeah Rick papadan was talking about using his like a forge I was saying a brake drum sized kiln. Like maybe jewelry size but a nice one. Something suitable for knife sized items, plane irons, things like that. I am definitely not talking a forge so you have that right but I also question wether I need a kiln that has an opening of like 24” x 29” or something like that. This one is big for sure. I just don’t think I have a place to store it for what little I would use it. I posted mainly in case someone came around saying “those are awesome because you can also do….” but I couldn’t think of the other awesome stuff. So I threw it out there.

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