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Vern Wimmer

Psssst Newbie, wanna build a propane forge?

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I decided to read through threads in the last couple of years, to make sure the information was current.
Here is a set of links to threads that are almost certain to contain the answers to questions in the minds of beginners. I can't stress reading all of them strongly enough. If you do that you will have enough knowledge to go forward with a forge build.

The only thing I will add is that it is not necessary to use an old propane tank with the inherent dangers. A new tank, a freon tank or an aftermarket air tank will also work as will many other improvised shells.

BUILDING THE FORGE.

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/35951-my-propane-forge/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/20420-buying-a-gas-forge/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/37464-new-forge/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/37437-yet-another-forge-build-question/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/35170-applying-kast-o-lite-to-ceramic-wool/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36345-lining-forge-question/



BURNERS

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/25573-blown-burners-the-care-and-feeding/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36658-blown-twin-burner-experiment/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/26862-my-take-on-a-venturi-burner/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36415-that-could-have-ended-poorlyburner-issueq/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36128-atmospheric-vs-blower-burners/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36915-forge-burner/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/35082-first-burner-build/

https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36472-cfm-for-electric-blower/

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Another well thought out post!!!

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Don't forget the Build a Gas Forge and the Ribbon Burner attachments on the Forge Supplies page at www.WayneCoeArtistBlacksmith.com.

Let me know if I can help you.  I prefer e-mails.

 

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HAHAHAHA... Vern, did Andy and I finally drive you off the deep end? Nice compilation!

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I kinda wish this list was pinned up and available when I was doing all my forge building experiments. I must have searched through the forums for quite a while looking for old posts that I remembered with good info on the subject. 

 

I do feel like I should now add a little to the link that I started as some things have changed to my "First burner build"  that has resulted in a easier burner to put together. 

I also have not yet put any IR reflective coating on my forge walls, and I do want to get to that. 

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....and I will build another...

...one way or the other!

:lol:

 

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21 hours ago, Daniel W said:

I kinda wish this list was pinned up and available when I was doing all my forge building experiments. I must have searched through the forums for quite a while looking for old posts that I remembered with good info on the subject. 

 

I do feel like I should now add a little to the link that I started as some things have changed to my "First burner build"  that has resulted in a easier burner to put together. 

I also have not yet put any IR reflective coating on my forge walls, and I do want to get to that. 

Your thread and the addition you just added are great. Not just for the build info but for the way you logically tested it and analyzed the results. 

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Thanks Vern, when I started the forge build I used materials that were available at the time so that I could get to work. I did want to show that it is possible to put together a forge with those materials - but ultimately, it will not work as well as the tested materials.  Now that I've reached out and made some networking connections - I now have access to the better materials so when I need to reline the forge I expect it to preform better. 

 

Something else I want to stress to new comers too . . . You don't need a very big forge.  At first I though my forge would be too small, but turns out at times it's really too big!  I'm doing much more decorative and architectural things, and the propane forge is never just the right size for me.  But If I were working flat stock knives, I'd be able to work 20 of them at a time.

For people wanting to build a forge just for knife work, you can get away with making a really nice tight compact design that will not kill your budget when your going after materials. The right materials. 

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