Description: I had some fun firing up an old hand-crank forge blower. You'd be a little more modern than a bellows driven forge with this device, although, since it is cast iron, it would have to be shipped in from a shop that could do iron casting, in this case, Lancaster, PA. This hand-crank forge predates the wide spread electrification of America. As a hand-crank blower, it really blows hard. A bellows driven forge could be made from local material such as leather and wood so that would be an advantage over this cast iron beast. A fair number of small blacksmith shops used these to forge iron into tailor shaped horse-shoes and the like. I used a broquet grill to do a test fire to show the principle of operation. The neighbor wasn't around so I grabbed his broquet grill. It was handy. I suppose if you got this thing hot enough it would start melting the steel grill walls and seriously flame your hot-dog wieners if you used it for expresso type grilling. In this video : The Champion 400 Blower & Forge Co. Lancaster, PA, U.S.A model. By the patent dates you can see it is very old. My guess is that it is a 100 plus years. It works just fine. The coal bed was likely lined with sand or some other refractory material so as not to melt the bottom out of your coal pan thingy. I hope you enjoy the video.
Champion 400, Blower & Forge Co., Lancaster, PA, U.S.A. - Download MP3 music or MP4 video:
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This is a Champion Forge made in Lancaster, Pa. It has a Cast Iron Pan and Champion's famous 400 blower. This forge is capable of doing from light weight to heavy weight workpieces. The video show that the forge can be started with green coal and heat up a workpiece in a minimal amount of time. The blower is in excellent working condition. This item will be sold on ebay.
Here's a nice 400 Champion Blower that is in excellent running condition. The blower is very quiet when running and has a good coast.
This Champion forge could use some cleaning and minor restoration, but still operates fine. The forge comes complete with a Champion 400 blower and a Champion "Whirlwind" Blast Tuyere Iron. This forge is being offered for sale on Ebay on 9-8-2010, item number 110583964765
These old blowers can move a high volume of air in a short amount of time.
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