Eric Cox

Keep Your Forge Efficient By Replacing The Liner

Time is money, so waiting for an inefficient forge to heat horseshoes adequately can hit you right in the wallet. Prevent that from happening with this step-by-step process

READY TO BEGIN. Eric Cox of N.C. Tool Company shows the forge on which he will demonstrate the replacement of the liner to restore the device’s heating efficiency.

Unless you’re into keg shoes and cold shoeing exclusively, you’ll need to replace your forge liner sooner or later. For the inexperienced, the job might seem more challenging than a draft horse with an attitude problem. But it’s cheaper than buying a new forge, and with guidance from an expert, replacing a liner isn’t all that tough.

So purchase a liner replacement kit from your supplier, then turn to the following help from Eric Cox and have at it. Cox works for N.C. Tool, a longtime manufacturer of forges for the farrier industry, and knows forges inside and out. He offers the following instructions.

  • Disassemble your forge completely, taking the burners, door and ends off. Remove all screws and other fasteners. Carefully note and remember where each piece came from.

If you have an open-end forge, mark each side as right or left to ensure that you can correctly reassemble the pieces later. If you have a back door forge, it doesn’t matter which side the ends go on.

  • Use a hose or bucket of water to thoroughly soak the old liner to prevent toxic dust from escaping and being inhaled. It would also be a good idea to wear a dust mask while taking out the old liner and putting in a new one. DO NOT soak the new liner.
  • Pull…
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Ron perszewski

Ron Perszewski

Ron Perszewski is a freelance writer and former associate editor of Ameri­can Farriers Journal.

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