Don't forget the trick of when they have stuff that looks promising ask if they have any of the big heavy stuff they want to sell at home. I've bought several anvils and postvises that way as they didn't want to mess with loading and unloading them. Got them cheap too as they didn't have other people asking about them at a sale!
I once was talking smithing with some old timers and they told me of a fellow during the great depression that was building a steel frame building who calculated the sag of the cross members then went out into the field and dug a whopping big trench forge and heated the beams and pre-bent them so they would sag straight.
I'm from New Mexico! I drive 200 miles just to visit my shop. And having lived in both VA and OH I am familiar with the state of WV (Though WV is the only state with less open water acreage than NM IIRC)
Hmm what if you decreased the spacing between vertical bars (and or Horizontal) as they progressed across the gate so you could not get even racking. I't put them wide toward the side farthest from the hinges and tightest towards the side nearest the hinges for weight reasons. Then it would look like a design choice (and they should pay extra as it's "fancy")
For my one firebrick forge I didn't insert the nozzle, I just put it close to the opening in the side of the brick and aimed it in. Did a lot of small item forging in my basment during that very cold winter. As to not using a regulator? WHY? I read this as "I'm going to spend 10 times as much money in time and fuel wasted trying to get a sub-optimal system built" Shoot I have used acetylene regulators (rated for all fuel use) US$5 at the fleamarket, store bought propane regulators $35, shoot I even bought a turkey fryer set up where the idjit had packed it so the hose flipped out and drug the *tip* of the regulator on the road all the way to the fleamarket. Wore it to a nubbin. $2 and I removed the brass tip from a junked BBQ and put it on and I've used that one for over a decade.
So did you go upstream and ask forklift and heavy equipment repair places about scrap for an anvil? Farm implement dealerships? Heavy truck repair places? If your state has any mining done in it there will be heavy scrap around in places other than scrapyards!
with cupholders? My little old pickup doesn't even have cup holders! I got to ride a "crowd trained" horse at the Dublin (OH) Irish Festival one year---I was dressed in fancy silk medieval clothing and carrying a spear and portraying Brian Boru. GREAT horse, stable as a rock, spent most of my time telling folks. "watch out---horse here" as I had a goodly number of folks walk into the side of the horse totally oblivious! Most fun I had was that they hadn't provided water and ice to the re-enactor camp as promised and it was a miserably hot and humid weekend, especially for people dressed for medieval Ireland. So I "lead" a band of my "royal guard" and raided the water/ice stores---on horseback still carrying my spear! All in good humour---and they didn't forget us on their rounds again!
rather than sq rivets I would just use two per crossing and off set them---a lot easier than messing with sq rivets. (eg one in the top left quadrant of the crossing and another in the bottom right quadrant)
Lets see Aluminum metal is hardness 2-2.9 on the Mohs scale and Aluminum Oxide is hardness 9 (diamond is 10) Iron oxide as scale has done a dandy job of polishing and smoothing the faces of my hammers and anvils Seems like you have things mixed up somewhere Note that if you have ever seen someone take an Al can to scrape ice off their windshield and see them scratch it you might not sal Aluminum Oxide is too soft.