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Old 07-28-2020, 10:46 AM
jr46 jr46 is offline
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Question convertng charcoal grill to charcoal forge

Good morning all,

I'm a super newb who is trying to convert a cylndrical charcoal "Char Griller" bbq grill into a charcoal forge for bladesmithing and light blacksmithing. Can anyone give me some good advice on lining the bottom to protect it? I've heard everything from dirt to sand to Kastolite 30. I'd appreciate any wisdom you can share.

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Old 08-06-2020, 07:44 AM
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Jim, might try going over to the ABANA site and look through the tutorial section. Lot of ways to convert many different salvage items to charcoal forges. As with anything there are certain things you have to be aware of and pay attention to in order to fabricate a workable forge. Read a lot before you start and you will get better results.
BBQ grills are usually made from lightweight materials and will take some pretty good lining material to handle the heat without bottom burn out. All kinds of easily found material can be used but will needs to be installed properly - again studying up will save you some grief and time.

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Old 08-06-2020, 04:18 PM
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Remember that a charcoal forge needs to have a deep fire. Like 6" beneath your work and 4" above it.


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Old 08-07-2020, 10:35 PM
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Thank you sirs! I do appreciate that.

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