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New forge, new setup

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Evenin' all. I recently received my early Christmas present, a Diamondback two burner blacksmith model propane forge.
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In order to use my new forge, I needed a different setup than my outdoor one for my coal forges. After moving some things around, I now have a small, but functional, indoor area to work.
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Made some loops to attach to my anvil stump for my hammers
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And a couple quick projects to get a feel for the new forge. Blacksmith knife is made from a piece of leaf spring steel and the other knife is, obviously, a railroad spike... my daughter found it, it's smaller than most of the spikes you see, so she thought it would make a good "girl" RR spike knife.
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After a couple of years of playing with coal forges, I have to say I'm loving the propane forge. Starts up fast, heats fast and no fire "tending". I'm glad I started with coal, as I think a lot of basic skills are learned with coal forges, but I'm not sure how much I'll be using it in the future.

Thanks for lookin'

Bill

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Posted · Report post

Nice! Merry Christmas, indeed! :-)

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I'm sure you know this but:  OPEN THOSE DOORS!  Gas forges are notorious for producing CO *especially* when they can re-run the exhaust back through the burner.  Being clear and odorless we tend not to think about it until it wallops us.  One of the only virtues of coal smoke is that you *KNOW* breathing it must be bad for you!

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Very nice set up, Crash.  

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Thanx guys, I'm really enjoying it.... and yes sir, Thomas, I do keep the door to the left open when the forge is running... which, other than suffocating from CO, I find that it's also a bit of relief from the amount of heat this little sucker puts out... and it's currently around 10 degrees in our parts!  I still have to get the post vise anchored to the wall and I have a couple of small tables I may bring in for "stuff" - one is all steel and I use it for welding chores.  Also going to rig up a curtain of some sort to hide the wing and keep the grime off of it... she's put away for the winter.

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