First off, I apologize for the double post in the Oklahoma forum. My tapatalk app kept posting it there.
I've been wanting to build a forge for awhile but never got around to it. It's a metal paint bucket half buried in dirt and gravel. I've got a 1" thin, but sturdy, steel pipe in the bottom is drilled 1/4" holes every couple inches in. For $0 it sure looks the part. Do I just start using it or do I need to burn it in a few times? Am I supposed to leave ash in it and if so, how thick?
I'll try to replace those last two dark pictures tomorrow.