Beginner Blacksmith Challenge 2: Fire Poker
This is my second challenge participation as a beginning blacksmith: Forging a fire poker. As we have a full set for the fireplace inside the house, I decided to make a more rugged one for the firepit in the back yard. It is made from 1/2″ round mild steel. As I still do not have a real forge, I resorted to my chimney charcoal starter for heat, but added a blow pipe and the outflow from a shop-vac for my forced air. It worked wonderfully; however, the heat produced was 1) insufficient for fire welding and 2) more than the chimney starter could handle and it buckled into uselessness. While I made do again with the firepit itself, and then with bricks and gas torches, I know I have to build or buy a forge to continue this adventure. As it is, the poker works, but it is not the finished product I wanted to make. Still, I must post the bad with the good all the same.
The other participants in this challenge are listed below, and their products are amazing:
Dan Moss Forging A Poker & The Key To Being A better Blcksmith! Trust Me I’m a Blacksmith!
S&S Smithing: Forged Fire Poker with Pineapple Twist handle
Abominable Blacksmith Blacksmith competition: fire poker/raie
Paul’s Garage: Warped Blacksmith Challenge – Fire poker – Paul’s Garage
My thanks to Warped Legacy, Not Only Wood, and the other contributors to this month’s challenge.
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