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Trees

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  1. Thanks guys. Glenn is no longer shipping outside of the US, but I managed to get hold of Wayne and he can send Plistix over in a flat rate box for a very reasonable amount. I forgot that the last time I looked into importing into Canada it was for a larger weight of Kast-o-lite. Thanks very much MonkeyForge for the details on how to prepare the bentonite and zircopax! I am excited to try that with the stuff I have, and the mixing instructions are a great start for experimenting. I think I will order some Plistix for the tiny forge for now, as I really want to squeeze as much heat
  2. I'm finishing up a 2 IFB micro forge that I'm hoping to power with a bernzomatic propane torch. I've put on a layer of Kast-o-lite, which I've been able to have brought in at my local pottery supply shop. In trying to extract as much heat as I can from the little torch, I'd like to add a coat of IR re-radiating kiln wash based on what I've picked up in forges 101. I've tried to source Plistix or Matrikote, as they seem to be the preferred coatings on this forum, but nowhere I've asked locally has been able to source them, and the shipping costs to Canada from the US are probibitive...
  3. Thanks Frosty! That is great info - I've learned so much from this site and would really like to thank you and the other curmudgeons for sharing your knowledge and being so generous with your time. I was thinking of storing the tank, hose & reg, and Forge & burner each separately but good general reminder about never wrapping a hose around hot things... I'll skip the quick disconnects as suggested. Besides convenience, I was partially concerned with wearing standard fittings out if I unscrew them after each use - that's good to know that it isn't much of a concern.
  4. Apologies if this has been addressed already... I'm a bit dizzy from reading the Forges & Burners 101 threads for the last couple months and can't seem to find or recall seeing this discussed. I'm setting up for my first propane forge and am putting together a shopping list for hoses and connections from my local propane supplier. Looking to power one to two 3/4" burners with 6 to 10' of hose. In looking at the hoses in their catalogue, they have 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2" Type 1 rubber propane hoses available. Can someone please let me know if 1/4" is fine for this purpose, or if a couple
  5. That's good advice - thanks guys. I like the idea of having a small section of RR track beside the anvil for when I want a flat face - the pictures make the anvil face look flatter than it is. ThomasPowers, I had thought about getting some square tube welded onto the end, but was worried (besides that big a weld being beyond my skill set) about the leverage on the welds.... Offsetting the hardie tools to rest on the anvil face totally makes sense. It would sure be handy to have hardy tools that can work on the same anvil.
  6. I am a beginner getting set up to forge at home now that our club smithy is shut down due to the virus. A couple months ago I was given an old anvil with the heel (and unfortunately the hardie hole) missing. It's still decently stout and has a lot of useable surface, but the edges are quite rough. It would be nice to get at least one area of the edge to be a sharper angle - especially since it's missing a hardie hole. And I'm quite limited in shop space, so having as many useful features on the one tool as possible would be ideal (e.g. rather than set up a second improvised anvil/stand as well
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