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Installment #2, Building a Vertical Welding Forge (WIP)

Here’s the 2nd installment of building a Vertical Welding Forge.

Finally got started pouring the new welding forge today. I’ve never built one this large…..so it’s “learn as I go”. :)

At first, I wasn’t going to put a steel floor in it… but figured – since it’s likely going to take a forklift to move this one – it might be a good idea. I’d hate to see all that castable pop out of the bottom and end up as a pile of rubble on the shop floor!

I gathered my mixing tube, castable, water, and homemade tools for mixing and getting the castable in place. I put a thin layer of castable in the bottom, then added 5 fire bricks as “filler” to save as much castable for the walls as possible. I spaced the bricks, filled the gaps, then put about a 1″ layer over the top. Now it’s going to be about a week of cure time before I can position and install the burner holder, followed by building the interior forms, and then, hopefully, I can “fill ‘er up”. :)

More to come!

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