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I recently completed a ribbon burner propane forge loosely following waynecoe’s design but I’m having some issues with getting it hot enough. A piece of 1/4 in round stock will barely get red hot even if left in for 5 minutes or so. The forge is lined with kaowool and castolite so it should be insulated well enough. In addition I’ve casted Some firebrick from said castolite to act as heat barriers on the end. Im scared to death that I’m going to have to sink more money into this but I assume I will need a oxygen source that I can adjust. The gas supply is a 0-30 adjustable regulator then a ball valve which finally goes into a needle valve. I was getting rebar to start sparkling but XXXXXXXXXXXhad all the gates open all the way. The tank would also freeze up in about 20 minutes. Since then I’ve substantially toned down the propane I’m feeding it. If ya’ll have any ideas it would be tremendously appreciated.
I first tested my burner with a low pressure bbq regulator and was having the exact problem people said I would whistling, chirping, and back burning in the tube. Got my high pressure regulator today got it all hooked up and I'm having trouble lighting it. I got it lit a couple times but at a way low pressure and with the the shut off valve cracked barely once again since it was barely open having same issue along with it got fairly hot not red or anything but I burnt my finger. I'm confused and trying to not get discouraged but its frustrating