How to Build a Coal Burning Forge Plans
Have the hankering to make your own fireplace poker? Curtain rods? Interesting ornaments or scrollwork? Build a coal burning shop forge!
Most of our projects take something scrapped and turn it into something useful. The coal forge is no exception — an old cast-iron sink is transformed into a forge with a novel design — an integrated quench tank.
Assembled entirely from discarded
materials, this forge consists essentially
of an old vacuum-cleaner motor and
blower, and a cast-iron sink.
Of course, the dimensions
given may be altered to suit the
material at hand.
The air for the coal forge is divided at the blower. Half of the air is diverted up the stack to keep the shop clear
of smoke, and the rest for the coal.
The original strainer in the
sink serves as the tuyere iron, and a 1 in.
street elbow connects the sink with the
The sink hood itself is made from a single piece of sheet metal.
of brackets and a "douse" tank
completes the forge.
It is a good idea to line the inside of the
sink with fire clay, fire bricks, or some other
With this great little shop forge you'll spend more time forging, and less time playing with the fire due to the electric blower, and you'll surely enjoy the ease of quenching.
How to Build a Shop Forge [500K PDF]