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I am going to jump into forging. This is a whole new arena for me though I have made a few billet's at my buddy's house so I have had a taste of it.

 

I want to buy both a forge and a hydralic press. For a forge I am considering one of the chile forges:

 

http://www.chileforg...ro_details.html (my friend Dave has one of these and likes it)

 

Anybody have an opinion on whether to go with the one burner or two burner models?

 

For a Hydralic press I am considering Uncle Al's press:

 

http://www.riverside.../item16342.ctlg

 

I have read elsewhere that the noise made by this press is substantial compared to others. Can anybody comment on that?

 

Thanks for any insights!

 

Shane Harvey

Anchorage Alaska

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Build your own forge and save $550. It's way easier than it looks, even if you have a welder cut the entrance, back door and burner hole. The rest is simple plumbing fittings.

 

http://www.dfoggknives.com/forge.htm

 

Once you understand this design, you can put that simple, cheap, energy efficient burner to use in other forge designs. I have an upright like pictures above and a horizontal that I use for soaking big billets.

 

I have a Riverside / Uncle Al's press. I like it, though I can't speak to the noise. I recall playing with a couple others that seemed comparable in this regard. I wear earplugs when I'm forging for the sake of the treadle hammer, the anvil and my ears. The press is the quietest by far and you should wear earplugs too! ;)

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I have that press and it is great. It is a little loud but nothing that I worry about and I live in a suburban neighborhood with fairly close neighbors. Another option for a forge is the economy forge from diamondback iron works. I picked one up a few weeks ago for 250. A vertical forge like posted above makes forge welding damascus a dream but a horizontal forge is great for general forging as you dont need to have a handle welded on to each peice. I use both and the both have strenghts and weaknesses.

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i have the chile one burner tabasco forge with the newer burner and expensive but i love it works great welding temps achievable.

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I have the two-burner chile forge (with the round not oval window). Get it plug-n-play, so you can take one burner out and fill a lot of the interior space with firebrick. That way, when you are forging, you don't use as much fuel and you only heat a small section. Go back to two burners for straightening, heat-treating, and welding. You don't just turn one burner off. You take it out and plug the hole with kaowool.

 

edited to add: if you are going to weld, buy 2 or 3 of their protective shelves. You eat through one of them about every 3 or 4 sword-sized high-layer billets. give or take. I am looking into using stainless steel as a protector instead, because it costs about the same for the sheet to protect, but hopefully stainless will resist borax better. You want a clean shelf and a dirty one, that way you can rotate and never really get the floor of the forge exposed to anything.

 

I also own Al's hydraulic press. I couldn't be happier with it. Had it for 4 years. No issues, just add some grease every now and then. Have him put casters on it for an extra 200, so you can roll it around.

 

I did exactly what you are planning, and I have a functional shop in one bay of a garage.

 

best of luck,

 

Kevin

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