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Hello I am trying to figure out what I need for my first forge. I have read threads on this forum and came up with this and am wondering if I got it correct. I am starting with a propane tank for the shell. With the first 1 inch layer of kaowool I am buttering the outside with water and then spraying it with rigidizer (hydrophilic fumed silica, water and a bit of dye). Putting the kaowool inside the tank, buttering and rigidizing the inside of the first layer. Repeat with the second layer. Wait for it to dry and make sure it has been rigidized, should be about the consistency of stale pound cake I think someone said. Drill holes for the burners. Kast-o-lite should be mixed with as small amount of water as possible. 90 pounds does 1 cubic foot. Apply 1/2 inch of Kast-o-lite 30 to the inside on the side not up as it falls off the ceiling. Wait for it to dry enough to turn it over and apply Kast-o-lite to the other side. Put wet towels on it for over night to have high humidity and then leave it to cure for at least a week. Light the forge and very very slowly turn up the heat. The bag might have heating instructions to follow. For the burners the ends should not stick more than 1/2 inch into the forge. I was planning to use the T Burner. The front burner should have a shutoff separate from the back. For the ends I can use fire brick. Did I get all the layers and the process correct? Do I need a flat surface to heat my metal on or can I leave it curved? Thanks
Hey Guys. I recently got a new forge and its a gas forge using LP gas and i really would like to do some forge welding or pattern welding. but whenever i heat my steal up and try and weld it all it does is compress it but not like it should be. it continues to have seems and wont just go into a single billet after several hours of doing this i still could never get it to go into a single billet. so i was thinking maybe I'm not heating it hot enough. I typically run at 16 PSI and let it warm up for 15-20 minutes until i put my steel in, what am i doing wrong that wont allow a forge weld? what should I be doing to obtain forge welding temperatures?