Posted by Cliff(VA) on September 27, 2012 at 05:39:59 from (184.108.40.206):
In Reply to: Bending Metal posted by Lucid on September 26, 2012 at 20:56:13:
I heat large pieces of metal with coal in a railroad forge that I bought at an estate sale years ago. My largest was a 7' x 1' x 1/4" scraper blade that a previous owner had bent. I had ~8" x 8" area glowing orange. At an orange heat steel works about like playdough. After straightening and painting, my BIL thought I had bought a new blade.
The advantage of the forge is that you can build any size fire to fit the area that you need to heat. The disadvantage versus a torch is that you cannot pinpoint the heat as well.
I am near Winchester, VA. If you are close enough I would be happy to help you at my forge.
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