rwtf82

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  1. my forge is a paint can lined with 1" thick 8# kaowool. i have a circle of kaowool that i propped against the front opening. I've got some refractory mortar on the way, but i tried firing it up anyway. i'd say that it's got an interior volume of about 100 cubic inches. as far as the inside after five or so min, it looked normal except for a spot on the wall opposite the torch, which had an orange glow. was it a mistake to try firing without the mortar?
  2. i just put together my forge and i was trying to run it with a plumbing torch and a 1# propane bottle. after a couple of minutes (5-10) it still didnt seem to be hot enough. is it possible the propane wasnt coming out of the bottle at a high enough rate? any suggestions?
  3. thanks guys. i didn't want to make any assumptions that could have caused problems down the line. cheers
  4. I've seen a lot of people talking about their forges and how they've lined them with Kaowool or a similar insulating material with a temperature rating of 2300 F. I've read that propane can burn at 3500 F in the air. Is it safe to use that sort of insulation with a propane forge? I've been having trouble finding any refractory or insulation rated above 3300 F. Will a propane forge not reach 3500 because of incomplete combustion or heat loss? Am I missing something here? I guess what I really want to know is how to decide what type of insulation is going to be safe for me to use (without a trial and error process). Thanks for your help in advance. Best, R
  5. Thank you guys. You've all been really helpful. It should definitely be easier to get NG. I spent some time looking at refractory mortar, ceramic blankets, and the like for a propane-run paint can forge and i'm wondering if there are cheaper or better options, as im on a students budget. do any of you know of a good design for a small, economical, propane forge?
  6. Hey guys, I'm hoping to set up a simple solid fuel forge. I've read that stuff like BBQ coals won't work as fuel. Is there any fuel that would be easily accessible to someone living in New York City that can get hot enough to work with iron or steel? I've looked at a couple of places that sell anthracite or other coals, but most of them are inaccessible to me (I don't own a car) and won't deliver small orders. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Best, R