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I'm upgrading from a brake drum forge to propane. I'm looking at a Chile Forge one burner (Tobasco). I'm just getting started in forging with general small stuff but I would like to forge small knives and do simple heating (1084). Maybe down the road try small damascus billet. Is a single burner going to do it or should I go with a two burner?  

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A quality one burner is sufficient for a beginner knife maker, as you can only heat up the area that you can work before it cools. And yes, you can make small damascus billets in it. It will be much cheaper to run while you are in the 'learning the ropes' stage.

 

In a couple of years, if you outgrow this one, it will be time to upgrade, and make this one your portable demo unit. You will know when your skills outgrow the tools.

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Thanks guys. I think the single burner will do all I need it to do, but it would be much less expensive to go with the two burner now rather than buying a whole new forge in a couple of years. I've already got my order in with Chile Forge for a single burner Tabasco but I was having second thoughts. Would the two burner be way more expensive to run?

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Look at the tutorial on my web-site at the Forge Supplies page.  Build your own and save a lot of money and get a forge that suits your needs.

My tutorial is for a guide and you can modify it as you desire.  Look into building a Frosty T burner.  Do a search on IFI for Frosty's T Burner.  There is a lot of info there.

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The biggest thing about a propane forge is the size of the mouth you're working out of.  My forge only has a 3x5 side entry, so I can't do large scroll work unless I open the front door and expose the entire inside of the forge.  That means a tremendous loss of heat, which means more propane used.

 

You can always block up a large opening, but you can't open a small opening.

 

A 1-burner forge is all you'll need for 90% of the forging you'll want to do while learning.  You'll be working on small stock, doing small projects, and a 1-burner is great for that stuff.  Even after you become a pro, you'll often find yourself turning to that 1-burner for small jobs because there's no sense in feeding the 2-burner just to make a dozen nails for a commission.  

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  • 2 months later...

To update this thread.......... I ignored every ones good advice :o and bought the two burner forge. Very nice piece of kit. Yes it is overkill for me now but I can grow into it. I have forged a few small pieces and even a small billet of cable damascus and the forge is a joy to use. Thanks go to Stacie and David at Chile Forge - great product and service.

 

Bill

 

 

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Hey Bill,

  I have the exact same forge!

Going on 6 months now since I got it.

Have absolutely no interest in building one - more power to those that do - but not interested.

Have found my 2 burner Habanero to be an excellent piece of equipment and when I don't need 2 burners, well, I just turn one of them off!

Your going to be very happy with it - and YES - those folks at Chili are the best to deal with, treated me like family and answered every question I had, and there were plenty.

The quality, fit and finish on this is amazing - and as a new guy I like that it's about as easy to use and get good even and HOT temps (if needed) with ease.

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