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27 Homemade Forge Plans To Meet All Your Blacksmithing Needs

Having your own homemade forge will enable you to transform steel and glass into practical and beautiful items. Create useful items for your home, campsite, off-grid homestead or gift-giving in a homemade forge. Decorative and useful items forged from steel commands a hefty price in the market place, so a DIY forge will also enable you to supplement your income or to start up your own business. It only takes three things to get started creating unique pieces from steel; a hammer, anvil and a forge. The hammer and anvil are easy to find, and with these 27 homemade forge plans, the forge will be easy to build.

Warning: Propane forge can be very dangerous if handled not carefully. Please don’t attempt these projects if you are not well aware how to use propane forge. I take no responsibility for any misshaping that is caused from the use of information in this publication.

1- Air Tank Homemade Forge

The shell of a homemade forge can be created by recycling something you may have on hand, like this design that uses an old air tank for the shell.

* Cut the material being used for the shell to the desired length.

* Determine how many burners the DIY gas forge will have and how far apart they will be (if more than 1). Then create the appropriate sized holes.

* Attach burner nozzles, pipes and choke assembly.

* Plumb in the gas jets and hook up the gas valves and hoses using the step by step instructions given in these free plans.

Get the complete instructions for this diy forge at arscives.com

Air Tank homemade Forge

2- Homemade Propane Forge

Building a forge from an expired propane tank is easy with some ingenuity and these free plans.

* Remove the collar top and fill tank with water.

* Measure and cut appropriate sized hole on top (which will become the front side).

* Paint with heat resistant paint. Allow to dry and attach burner nozzle and all remaining hardware with the detailed instructions found in these building plans.

Homemade Propane Forge

3- Fire Brick Homemade Forge

This is a small homemade forge that is highly efficient and perfect for the hobbyist. It only requires nine standard sized fire bricks to create the exterior, and a blow torch to produce the heat for forging metal, so this DIY build is great for beginners.

Fire Brick Homemade Forge

4- Mini Electric Forge

A couple of old space heaters and fire bricks can be put together to create a mini DIY electric forge when you follow these free plans.

Everyone has an old space heater that no longer heats as it should and it can be given a second life with this great recycling idea. The fan and plug-in cord of the heater are valuable components of a homemade forge.

This mini DIY electric forge will generate a little over 1,500 degrees F of heat and is ideal for a small home workshop.

Mini Electric Forge

5- Simple Homemade Forge

This YouTube video shows you how to build a simple forge that will get you started blacksmithing.

Before investing a lot of time and money into building a homemade forge, start with a simple forge like this one to see if you are going to enjoy the art of blacksmithing. Rocks are used to help increase the heat and hold it long enough to increase the temperature needed to work the metal. The design is simple and the building components are easy to find and inexpensive.

6- Homemade Coal Forge

If you have welding skills then you can build this coal forge with metal pipes and metal plates. A 3-inch metal pipe makes up the body of the DIY forge and the coal bin is constructed using metal plates.

These detailed pictorial instructions will show you how to build this small and mighty coal forge. Great for forging small metal items in your home workshop. Learn to make your coal and save money every time you fire up the forge.

Homemade Coal Forge

7- Recycled Propane Grill

Use these homemade forge plans to recycle that old propane grill that never gets used anymore into a useful blacksmith’s forge. Since the grill is already built to withstand heat, removing the wood and plastic items from the grill and doing a little tweaking to the design is all you’ll need to do. A charcoal grill can also be transformed into a usable gas forge.

Recycled Propane Grill

8- Mini DIY Forge

Dreaming of making homemade jewelry and/or knives from metal? Then this is the DIY forge for you. Small but efficient, this mini forge only requires a few parts to build. Just a few fire bricks, a propane torch, aluminum angle, nuts, bolts and a few washers is all that’s needed to get you ready to hammer out some one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces or unique knives.

Mini Forge

9- Propane Blacksmith Forge

These detailed plans will not only show you how to build a DIY gas forge, but also tell you the right questions to ask yourself prior to the DIY build. By asking yourself the right questions, you’ll be able to build the DIY forge that best suits your needs in terms of size, heat output and how to best use the forge.

Propane Blacksmith DIY Forge

10- YouTube Video

If following a video of a DIY building project is the best way for you to create, then watch this one before undertaking a forge building endeavor. This YouTube video will walk you through the entire process of propane forge plans and answer all your questions.

11- Homemade Propane Forge

Another instructional video that will walk you through the forge building process with ease. This DIY propane forge  design gets extremely hot and is great for the more advanced black smith that has income potential on their mind. Forge glass items as well as metal in this homemade forge so you can create both practical and decorative items.

DIY propane forge

12- Coffee Can Forge

No rule says a forge has to be big, it just has to work, and this one does. Any large metal can, like coffee, soup or paint cans can be transformed into a workable, mini propane forge. The refractory lining used inside these mini forges allows the heat to build up inside these small spaces to high enough temperatures to soften metal. Use this plan to make a quick and inexpensive forge. You may consider building these propane forges and selling if you can score a steady supply of large metal cans from a local restaurant.

Coffee Can diy Forge

13- Customized Build

Here is a YouTube documentary of a DIY propane forge build. Detailed, informative and easy to follow, watch this YouTube video and build your own customized homemade forge.

14- Metal Bucket Homemade Forge

So simple and inexpensive to build, you won’t even need power tools to build this DIY gas forge. A metal bucket can be transformed into the forge body with some simple hand tools. Legs for the forge can be created from any metal you have on hand and a burner holder made from standard black pipe and conduit rings. A couple of layers of Durablanket and fire bricks will enable an ordinary metal bucket to heat up hot enough to be used to forge steel.

Metal Bucket Homemade Forge

15- Propane Forge Build

Small and mighty, this homemade forge is crafted from a recycled propane tank and will help homemade propane forge meet all of your blacksmithing needs.

Step by step pictorial instructions will show you every detail of this DIY project so you can build with ease. The small size of this forge makes it ideal to build for use in a small space or to forge small metal work.

Create this homemade forge and use it to earn extra income by crafting one of a kind knives.

Propane Forge Build

16- Portable Blacksmith Forge

This compact and portable DIY forge is small enough to store on the shelf until it’s needed, yet powerful enough to get the forging job done when needed.

This detailed YouTube video will show you how to create this homemade coal forge that uses a rechargeable battery. A bag of charcoal and a fully charged battery will provide enough heating power to forge several knives.

And since it’s portable, this forge can go wherever you need it. Take it along with you to the job site so you can forge replacement parts for various metal items like fences, gates, and other unique items.

17- Disc Brake DIY Forge

Watch this YouTube video to learn how to transform a disc brake into a functional blacksmith forge.

An old disc brake can be obtained from a local auto repair shop for free, so the money invested in this homemade forge will be minimal. Removable legs make this DIY forge easy to store, easy to take with you, and easy to assemble and disassemble as needed.

This instructional YouTube video will show you every step of the building process so you can build this cheap, portable, and functional forge for your home workshop.

18- Waste Oil Homemade Forge

Do you have access to used restaurant fryer oil, used motor oil, or hydraulic oil? If you do, you already have access to the fuel needed to run this DIY forge.

A waste oil forge recycles used oil to generate the flame and heat needed to forge metals. Some bricks, concrete blocks, and a length of metal pipe are a few of the cheap components needed to build this forge. The components are cheap and the fuel to run the waste oil forge is free, so you can create metal work in your backyard for almost nothing.

Follow these detailed instructions and build yourself a homemade forge this weekend.

Waste Oil Homemade Forge

19- Charcoal Forge

Here is a great way to recycle an old oval wash tub and transform it into a portable charcoal forge.

Oval wash tubs were very popular for use as flower planters and beverage holders a few years ago but are outdated now and need to be upgraded. Use an old oval wash tub and follow these detailed instructions to build yourself an inexpensive charcoal forge.

Steel forging is a great way to create heirloom pieces and earn extra income, and this easy to build blacksmith forge can help you get started forging steel.

portable charcoal forge
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20- Homemade Electric Forge

Use this electric forge to melt recycled aluminum at home so you can save money and keep aluminum out of the landfill.

An old paint bucket is the main component of the DIY project and this YouTube video will show you how to build it. Aluminum cans can be saved and taken to the local recycle center and sold for a few dollars, but it takes a lot of aluminum cans to make it worthwhile. Melting the aluminum compacts it so it will take up much less space while you are saving it.

Also, aluminum is a good metal to use for other projects around the house and it’s good to have some on hand. This homemade blacksmithing forge is cheap to build and will help you develop DIY skills that will enable you to earn extra income.

Homemade Electric Forge

21- Homemade Gas Forge

This YouTube video will show you how to build a DIY gas forge for your blacksmithing needs. The forge can generate plenty of heat for metal working and creating unique knives and other small metal objects. The size of this DIY gas forge is small enough to fit in most home workshops.

This detailed YouTube video will show you everything you need to know so you can build a gas forge of your own.

22- Propane Fueled Forge

Firebricks and propane can be used to create a propane fueled forge that generates plenty of heat for all your blacksmithing needs.

A forge has to generate enough heat to change the physical state of steel or metal so that it can be pounded and manipulated into the desired shape. This propane forge has the ability to generate all the heat needed and it’s safe to use. The small size of the forge won’t take up much space inside your home garage or workshop either.

Propane Fueled Forge

23- Recycled Grill

Transform an old gas or charcoal grill into a new homemade forge with this idea. After a grill is no longer usable to cook food on, it can be recycled into something else useful like a blacksmithing forge.

Get yourself an old grill and follow these pictorial directions to create a useful homemade forge. This idea helps keep useful items out of the landfill and shows you how to build a forge for very little money.

homemade forge

24- Old Welding Tank

An old welding tank can be recycled and re-used to create a DIY forge for your workshop. Blacksmithing is an art that can be satisfying as a hobby or as a money making endeavor. However you choose to use blacksmithing skills, you have to start with a forge that will generate enough heat to make steel and metal malleable so it can be shaped. This welding tank forge is a great place to get started.

This YouTube video tutorial makes the building process easy and answers many of the questions you may have. Get started today with a new hobby or business by building this welding tank forge.

25- Box and Burner

Simple, inexpensive and efficient. These forge plans show you how to build a box that can retain the heat from a burner so the metal can be heated enough to be hammered into the desired shape. Professional looking results and easy of moving would make this design a good choice for taking to craft fairs or similar venues for on-site metal forging or glass blowing.

homemade forge plans

26- Blacksmith’s Coal Forge

Hot coals in a bucket is the basic principle of this blacksmith’s coal forge. A hair dryer is used as a blower to help control the heat and galvanized buckets are used to contain the charcoal.

This YouTube video will talk you through the simple build that will create a functional and effective coal forge for you to use at home.

Blacksmithing is a lucrative business that commands top dollar prices on well made and unique metal items. Hand forged steel pieces are heirloom items that can be handed down through the generations and increase in value every year.

Get your start in this lucrative business today with this easy to build coal forge.

27- Lawnmower Deck Homemade Forge

Many items that are no longer useful in their original purpose are ideal for recycling into DIY blacksmithing forge, and this idea is a good example.

An old lawn mower deck and BBQ grill have been recycled into a functional blacksmithing forge for home use. The lawnmower and grill had outlived their usefulness and were ready to be sent to the landfill, until they were rescued and recycled.

Do the planet good and look around your garage, workshop, and backyard for items that can be recycled before you head to the hardware store for new parts to build a forge to meet your blacksmithing needs.

Lawnmower Deck Homemade Forge

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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