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Hey everyone, I'm brand new to the world of blacksmithing and am looking for some help. I want to run a gas forge for a few reasons (ease of temperature control, fuel availability, etc.) During my extensive research using Dr. Google, I have run across a forge from Myjestic Forge. It is a 5 burner forge (link included) and seems to be a pretty decent deal for the price. I was wondering if anyone has had any dealing with this company or could point me in a better direct.

Thanks,

Nathaniel Parker, NRP

http://www.majesticforge.com/product/5-burner-deluxe/

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This is another one of those topics that we should gather up the collective wisdom and pin.

 

Since you say you are new to the craft (welcome, BTW) you haven't done much, if any, forging.  When you are forging with hand tools, you  can't effectively forge more than a few inches, say 4 or 5, of material before it gets too cold to work.  A long forge makes you heat the whole length, even if you are only looking to work on 1 inch in the middle.  This is bad for the steel.

Second, a forge with that many burners is going to be a fuel hog.  I heat a forge (my welding forge) that is 18 inches long (inside length) with just two burners.  And yes, you could block up a portion of the interior and just run 1 or 2 burners, but if that is how you're going to use it most of the time, why pay for all of it?

Do a search for vertical forges, here and elsewhere.  Read through this post

Most of us will tell you that you should build your own forge.  It's cheaper and, having built it, it will be simple for you to repair it when it needs it.  This place http://www.hightemptools.com/index.html

has most of what you need to build a forge  and http://waynecoeartistblacksmith.com/ 

has good advice and parts as well

Good Luck

Geoff

Edited by Geoff Keyes
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Thanks for fielding that, Geoff!

Most folks get along fine with a single burner for the reasons mentioned, even for monstrous swords.  Welcome aboard, hang out, read the pinned threads on forges and burners and everything else, they are pinned for good reason!

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Thank you both so much! I have take one intro blacksmithing class from a local smith and fell in love with the craft. The wealth of information on this forum and the members is a treasure trove and I'm so excited that I stumbled up it. 

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Check out the attachment Build a Gas Forge at the Forge Supplies page at www.WayneCoeArtistBlacksmith.  That will tell you how to easily build a good, efficient, long lasting forge.

Let me know if I can help you.

It would be a good idea to fill in your profile.  You may be surprised how many in your area are willing to help.

Wayne

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I built two single burner forges for less than half the price of that one.  Both are blown.  One was built in a large mailbox.  It's really too big except for heat treating long blades.  The second is of castable refractory cement lined on the outside with soft fire brick.  It's seven inches long with a 4 inch diameter fire chamber.  I even do most of my heat treating with it.

Doug

Edited by Doug Lester

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If you don't want to build your own, there's people I know who swear by these guys:

http://www.chileforge.com/

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