@MC Hammer you are correct. Though what I was getting at is that anyone trying to get started in blacksmithing should reach out to local blacksmiths or blacksmithing groups. It will make your path much less steap!
I built 2 horrible gas forges before I succeeded , total failures! One would get hot a cherry if I waited long enough
Though I had all the tools needed to fabricate a gas forge and burners I did not have the knowladge or direction till I came here to research. I was given deals on some supply's. And anyone can do that in fact here is a quote from ifi
Ceramic fiber blanket: Your single largest expense will be the ceramic fiber insulating blanket, but only if you purchase it. Your local HVAC, furnace, or boiler shops all collect remnants of ceramic blanket that they cannot use (code prevent them from using “drops”; they have to employ fresh material from the roll), so they have to pay to have odds and ends of these refractory rolls hauled away. Let them know what you are up to, and be friendly, and garbage bags of the stuff could be yours for a box of donuts and a smile. The same rigidizer you use to stiffen ceramic blanket can be used to glue remnants together. If you have to buy it anyway, the added expense of getting 8 lb. density and minim of 2400 °F rating isn’t much:
Read threw the forum. Search for local smiths and don't make that second failure like I did. It will make your path that much flatter
you don't have to spend a bunch of money on buying your tools. With some support you can do this and build most of your tools your self