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  1. I don't know if it is the "best" steel, but we have had very good luck making these out of chunks of leaf spring.
  2. Yes, it is an attached garage. Good idea, thanks!
  3. I live in the northeast and it will be relatively cold here for the next 4 months or so. I don't have a shop, so I wheel all of my equipment from the garage out to driveway and back again. I would like to use my new propane forge in the garage throughout the winter in the evenings after work and when the weather is bad. I have a two car garage and can forge with at least one of the large doors open. I can also get a cross breeze if I open the back man door. I assume that this will be enough ventilation to prevent CO poisoning, but I'd like to install a CO detector just to be sure. The problem is, all of the CO detectors I've found have a minimum temperature rating of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. We won't see temps above that here until April. Does anyone know of a low temp CO detector? I came up empty with an online search. Thanks.
  4. Have you decided on a design yet? If not, take a good look at Wayne Coe's build information.
  5. Yup, that is a bounce house blower. I wasn't sure how well it would work, but I found it at a garage sale for $5 so I gave it a shot. It seems to work well. This is my first gas forge, so I'm still learning how to use it. I haven't tried forge welding yet, but I hope to in the next week or so. When I played around with the gas pressure and air flow settings while testing, I was able to get a piece of angle iron to start to melt, so I should be ok.
  6. I've been using 1.5" x 1/4" x 10.5 long mild steel and forge welding in a piece of 5160 for the bit. It works for me.
  7. I recently completed a ribbon burner forge based on the Wayne Coe design and bought the build supplies from Wayne. My forge is very efficient. I have a 0-30 high pressure regulator and I'm forging at less than 2 psi. In fact, once the forged gets up to temperature, I can turn the gas off at the regulator, crack it open again just enough for the forge to re-light itself and just keep the flow there. I don't know what the psi is at that point because this gauge doesn't register, but I'm guessing I'm at or below 1 psi. I've used the forge about a dozen times so far and have barely used any propane.
  8. I built mine so I can reach into the opening with a pair of tongs with my forearm bent at 90 and parallel to the ground. I played around with different heights and that was comfortable for me
  9. I've also had very good luck with W1 square stock. It sparks like crazy.
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