Brazing Hearth

2001


In reponse to a Usenet post, here's my brazing hearth.

Brazing hearth, assembled

Brazing hearth, assembled

The hearth contains 7 firebricks of 9" x 4½" x 1¼" in a cage of welded steel angle. It's an L-shaped hearth, rather than U-shaped, so that I can fit long items into it.

Brazing hearth, bricks half loaded

Brazing hearth, bricks half loaded

Construction is simple. The bricks are mainly held in by friction, but there's a folded tab to stop them sliding out lengthwise.

Brazing hearth, bare frame

Brazing hearth, bare frame

To make it, I simply clamped the bricks in place with the angle iron, then welded strip over them.

If you're buying firebricks (which are cheap, but a little hard to find) get some spares at the same time. You will also need bricks or small cubes to pile up in the hearth around your workpiece.

With a few more bricks and a Ron Reill or T-Rex propane burner from Rex Price, you can build a box-forge like Jarkman's.