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  1. Wow! Thank you very much everyone! I really appreciate the quick response, wasn't expecting it! @John McPherson: Thank you very much for the recommendation, I checked out Diamondback and it was more than what I was looking for. And thank you also for the safety tip, I wouldn't have known that they got that hot. Not that I'd put wood next to red hot metal. :D I appreciate it! Thanks for your help John and the link to diamondback, I overlooked it and would have regretted doing so. @WayneCoe: I don't have any power tools yet, like a drill press. However, when I get the tools, the T burner sounds interesting. A possible replacement for a torch, and a good tool to have around for tempering and riveting, i'm sure. Probably even maintaining heat in a piece. @Jerry: Thank you for the recommendation, it sounds like an excellent quality forge. I don't know if it's wide or open enough to suit my needs though. I'd like to practice scroll work and because I'm pretty new, I'd imagine i'd be lugging the thing back and forth to the forge a few times to get the spirals right. I don't know if I could heat up a WIP spiral without banging the mouth of the forge up. That burner sounds interesting, and that TC-100 seems pretty cool. @Vaughn: Wow! I didn't know you could make a forge out of a paint can. I appreciate your insight on not getting more forge than needed, for now I need something that's good all around until I start getting the tools and equipment needed. I think the 1-2 burner DB forge fits that. However, I'd eventually like to make a small forge for general, rectangular work eventually. I've seen the book by Michael Porter, is it a good resource or would you recommend something else? Thank you for bringing up Majestic forge, I saw it on ebay and was one of my potential choices. @George: That's an interesting looking forge, the Hypona. Is it really as efficient as they say when compared to others, or are they just blowing smoke? I see what you mean as to efficiency though, George. Get something that does the job quickly, and efficiently. The reason why i bring up fuel efficiency, is I'm very new to blacksmithing, and I want to get as much practice in forging as possible. For pros that are on this forum generally wouldn't have that problem (i'd imagine), where they've ironed out the kinks and can do it on the fly, i'm just learning how to. Though gas does seem to have the added benefit of more work, and less fire-play...I guess I'll find out soon enough! @Crashreq: I saw another person on this forum I believe, wait about eight days since he posted. Seems like he had a similar problem, but he got it within a week or two. '?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>> @postleg: You've solidified Diamond Back as well. I think that's where i'm headed now, thanks for all the help everyone! Also, I apologize for not finding other gas forge recommendations. I looked at the titles, and did a search but didn't find much. Flipping through the gas forge page and clicking pages at random however, i found many asking for input on gas forges. : Sorry about the repetitive question.
  2. Hello everyone, this is my first post on I Forge Iron! Thank you for all the hard work you do both maintaining the site, and responding to questions. It's a relief to a newbie like me to be able to get answers from pros who've been there, rather than guesswork. My question is, are there any gas forges that you would recommend? I don't have any welding experience yet, so I can't make one. I was looking at the Whisper Momma but before I took the plunge, I wanted your input on if there is something better out there, or more suiting, if you're willing. My main focus in blacksmithing will be tool smithing, and general functional blacksmithing rather than artistry/sculpture. Also, I will probably do architectural/artistry work for practice and gifting, but not for public use. What I'd like from a gas forge will probably seem like I'm asking for the moon, but here goes. I'd like a forge that has a clamshell design (not necessary, but seemingly helpful for larger work), or at least a fairly spacious interior that allows for a 7+ inch width, 3+ in height, 5+ in. depth. Basically, enough for small plates (i.e. for coal shovel, smithin' magician), general tools (hammer, tongs) etc. I'd like for the forge to be of a venturi type. I will be working without electricity, so a blown forge and natural gas is a no go. A forge that has enough heat for forgewelding, specifically, hot enough for chain links, basket welds, etc. One that is also safe, reliable, and gas efficient. While not necessary, one that is easy to repair would also be helpful for me. Also, while these don't have to do with picking a forge, they kind of are related safety wise. About how long does it take to cool off once it's shut down? I figured checking hoses, making sure there aren't any leaks, don't tip the propane, stabilize and keep the forge on inflammable materials are all essential practices, but are there any other safety concerns for a gas forge that I should know about? Any particular size of propane tank that you would recommend, and if it isn't too invasive, the typical cost I'd be looking at? I read a couple articles on iforge, about protecting the refractory with stainless steel or kiln shelving. Are there other methods of protecting the refractory from flux, but can still take the heat? Thanks again for your help and your interest, I appreciate it.