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  1. Thanks to Glenn and Frosty and everyone else who helped me with the Kast-o-Lite 30 process. I was able to easily install it as the floor to my gas forge. I let it set for far longer than it needed, using the plastic bag and spray bottle method. I fired it up today with both burners and let it run for maybe 4 minutes. I shut the burners off and am letting it set overnight. I heard a little snap and crackle popping when I turned the flames off, so that must be the water sizzling out of the KoL? No steam explosions occurred, but I didn’t run it for too long. Should be good to go? This is far better than the fire brick floor that the forge came with, and now I can use the bricks as a shelf.
  2. Does anyone have 5lbs of Kast-o-Lite I could buy from them? My forge is small and I’m not buying a 55lb. bag! All I need is 5lbs max. Anyone? The rest of the options are out of sight price-wise for what I need.
  3. So, I just bought my first forge: a Hell's Forge double burner, large capacity knife model. It's about 19" long, 7" wide, and 4" tall in the oval mouth (after compensating for the 1" blanket). It's a bit smaller than I may have wanted, but the deal is done and it's in my shop. The problem isn't the forge size, it's that they sent 1.25" fire brick along with it to use as the forge floor. That's fine, but it makes the opening even smaller. I'm not making knives, but I am making smaller projects as I'm a beginner blacksmith at best right now. The goal is to eventually get to knife making, so that's all fine. But an oval opening with a flat fire brick floor is a complete WASTE of space. There's a gap between the bottom of the refractory and the fire brick because of the oval forge shape. It just seems silly to waste space because of a thick fire brick as the floor. But, what are the alternatives? They don't make thinner fire brick because of physics and all that. I could risk cracking the refractory by exposure to the direct heat over time if I don't use the brick. My question is simply this: is there another solution to a forge floor other than 1.25" fire brick? Something thinner that would still protect the refractory? Thank you!
  4. All this talk about water is making me thirsty. Sans lead or any other toxic material, of course.
  5. Hello IFI. My name is Branden, and I’m a 42-year-old full-time pastor at a small church in Apollo, PA. We just moved to this area from further south of Pittsburgh. In September of this year (2019), my wife and I attended the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. That’s nothing new or exciting since we always go, but this year I decided to spend more time at the blacksmith shoppe. Glad I did! I got connected to a local club who taught me some basics for free! I made an S-hook, a letter opener, and a key rack so far. I think every beginner makes those first. LOL Anyway, I’m hooked. I have wanted to blacksmith most of my life. When I was a kid, I loved playing medieval-themed video games and reading about “old time” European culture. As with any fantasy fiction, blacksmiths are always a big feature (it’s always the dwarves...why is it always the dwarves?). This is a lifelong dream being fulfilled. I may not have my own forge for some time, but I am smithing with a local veteran one-on-one now that winter is here. What an opportunity! I’m eager and willing to learn, and I’m also watching the prayer requests section closely. You can count on me to be praying for anyone and everyone here to the best of my ability and memory. Hope to meet many of you soon!