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  1. Hi Frosty, Well, thanks for the reassurance and words of encouragement. If what you say is true, and I'm sure it is (seeing as I can't seem to find high temp paint rated for 2,000 F, *tongue in cheek*), I do find it a bit misleading why someone would make it look pretty when it's just going to burn off anyways. It gives the impression that something's not quite right when it has the "appearance" of deteriorating so quickly. At any rate, I'm not big into appearances myself and can get on board with everything you said. As such, I feel better moving forward with the plans I have to bur
  2. Following this advice the other day, I did crack the door open for the first few heats only to find the paint in the surrounding areas in the front were being consumed away as well around the sides, top, and the door handle, all of which I'm really not too happy about. The only "relief" for the forge's exterior paint I could find was in leaving the front door wide open, which I presume didn't make for very efficient forging. (Please see attached photos) I'm going to be sending these pictures to the manufacturer as well for their opinion, but I would really love to know very simply at
  3. Mistake #16b (or #18b) - For those doing 2-4 fire brick forges, myself included: attempting to handle HOT fire bricks which don't show their color either (i.e. picking one up that got knocked onto the ground, but with your bare hands). Trust me...I know.
  4. Been digging around in that thread for a little while and some other threads on kiln wash. Just to be clear, if I can fork over the $100 for some zirconia-containing wash (ITC-100), it would be worth the investment in preventative maintenance? Also, are we talking about coating the entire thing, or just the floor? And how much? The liner in this thing is hearth pad/brick, except for the door: that's some kind of insulation blanket. Hoping to fire up the forge again soon, but can't recall being able to get the stock I was using up to a yellow heat; mostly bright orange. I may try incr
  5. "Root" as in occupying that space myself or the metal I'm working? I do have a Bernzomatic TS8000 I plan to heat my small anvil surface area with and can probably keep a heated railroad spike in an adjacent hole near the top. The area itself is pretty open, I don't plan on hanging out near the forge to stay warm as it's nearby my indoor workroom with a heater in it I can duck into. The blower is a B-Air VP-20 that will be set up near where I work to draw stagnant air in and push it away from the work area. It shouldn't affect the heat in the forge. Good to know. Also, I
  6. Winter is coming. Any concerns using the propane gas forge outdoors in 30°F weather? Have an air mover I'm considering setting up for additional circulation since the last time it seemed there were caramel-like odors that seemed to just linger in the air.
  7. Ended up passing on the anvil due to time constraint. We were only passing through the area during a short stay in California.
  8. I guess the main concern I'd have with it is watching the horn break off after a few taps if those cracks might be any indication...
  9. Thanks. Any concerns with the horn? I do notice chipping underneath there.
  10. Description: 19" Long, 11" Tall Price: $400 firm Pictures:
  11. Sorry, not sure if this is the right place to post this, but any thoughts before I start putting serious thought towards making this [100# anvil] my own? [Commercial link removed] Would be happy to update this post with actual pictures if I do get it.
  12. From the company: "From the pictures I would guess that your flame was also burning inside of your tube, causing it to burn off. You need to make sure that on start up you open the valve a good 2 times at igniting. This makes sure the gas is blowing through the burner verses burning inside of it." Guess I'll try that as well.
  13. Adding to my winter project list: rail system for hauling 85 lb. forge up a set of stairs.
  14. Now just to reiterate, I was forging outdoors and have no intentions of ever forging indoors, "nor do I think I'd want to if I had [a workshop]." I'm about 70% convinced it might be mild metal fume fever, but perhaps someone can help confirm. These two rods I was forging yesterday are from the same stock. It was a longer piece that I picked up at a garage sale that appears to have been a water shutoff rod (curb key, etc.), albeit a rather tall one. I sanded a section here a little bit. Can anyone identify what the coating here looks like (if not rust)? Particularly the bottom of
  15. I don't have a workshop to put a forge in, nor do I think I'd want to if I had one. [I shall see how long I can weather this winter when I don't get to forge like all the rest of you Torbjörn Åhmans.] Anyways, I have a respirator that was given to me (AOSafety mask with R53HE-P100 cartridges) but some research shows this company has been absorbed into 3M and cartridges are no longer available, except for a premium on Amazon, eBay, etc. Any idea on how long these things last? The only possible marking remotely resembling any kind of expiration date is a stamp with the following numbers i
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