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  1. Hi everyone, Just wanted to say thanks for all the advice (especially timgunn1962). I got the forge running a couple of weeks ago and it's been working very nicely. A bit of a change from solid fuel but I'm really enjoying learning some new skills. Cheers, Ash
  2. Thanks Tim that's really helpful. You've saved me loads of trial and error (mostly error probably!). If you could copy that post somewhere permanent I'd recommend it, it's one of the most helpful explanations I've seen. Anyway I'll let you know how I on. In reply to Thomas, Yes I did mean melting.
  3. OK thanks Thomas. I'm much more familiar with solid fuel but I'll do my best! I'm going to weld up a small box insulate it with fire bricks (two for the top and bottom and one on each side) and run the burner in the top. I'll use it for small projects in steel, some forge welding but not smelting. Let me know if I've left anything out.
  4. Hi hope everyone had a good weekend, I'm planning on building a small gas forge with a single burner and would really appreciate some advice. Ideally I'd like to use a propane torch as the burner but I'm struggling with working out which one will work best. Would something like this be suitable? Like I said, advice really appreciated.
  5. Thanks Zeroclick really good shout by the sound of it. I haven't noticed any symptoms so I guess I've got away with it but I'll get the wirebrush on it just to be sure. Definitely, I'll fill my profile out when I get a minute.
  6. Yeah it is galvanised. I thought that as it's not being melted and I'm using it outside this would be OK?
  7. Great thanks for your help.
  8. OK thanks. So just bit of dirt bit of water and your good to go?
  9. Thanks for the replies everyone. I'd never considered soil, I'm not sure how well it would last though? I'll have a look at the JABOD. I'll also steer clear of plaster of Paris. Unfortunately I can't upload a picture at the moment but I'll do my best to describe the forge. It's basically a thin metal bucket with a piece of scaffolding tube drilled through the side wall. Previously I'd been lining both the sides and the bottom of the bucket.
  10. Hi, This is my first post so hello everyone. I hope I'll be active on the forum trying to hoover up some knowledge! My basic question is; What should I line my forge with? I've built a basic forge out of a metal bucket fed air by a hair dryer, up till now I've lined it with a cat litter/water mix but I'm finding this needs regular replacing and I'm really enjoying the forge so I want a more permanent solution. Unfortunately money is very tight at the moment so low cost is a priority. My choice seems to be plaster of paris +sand, normal cement, fire cement from a builders merchants or just normal clay? Does anyone have advice on which way to go? I'm pretty confused. Like I said affordable is important. Apologies if I'm asking the something you get all the time. Thanks for any advice, Ash