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Forge Jim

Permit for a forge?

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Hey, anyone else run into a problem where they had to get a special permit or inspection just to run a propane forge in a building that you rent?

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A couple points Kilo. Asking the same question on more than one thread is a waste of bandwidth and isn't going to get you a better response.

Second, Why are you asking this of a forum with something like 45,000 members read in about 150 countries around the world? If on the other hand you're wondering how a person might go about finding out, we might be able to give you some tips.

So, hey. Ask your landlord if it's okay. That way if he says no you won't have to waste a bunch of time talking to the: FD, city, county and state code folks, insurance company, etc. You DO plan on carrying enough insurance to cover replacing the building if there's a fire. Yes? All an insurance adjuster needs to discover is a non UL listed let alone home made propane burning appliance in the building to deny a claim, even if it wasn't running at the time. 

Running a forge in a rented space is NEVER "just," there's nothing trivial about high risk activities in someone else's property at risk. Permits and inspections? You DO live in California don't you? Of course, there are probably more hoops to jump through than a trained circus dog on a busy day. ;)

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And the various California ABANA affiliates could probably give you good advice on special local requirements.  Have you contacted them?

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Leave it to iforgeiron to be full of a bunch of crusty know it alls. Been doing this professionally for 10 years and I have plenty of local contacts. Just running into a tricky problem I haven't heard of before and thought to ask the broader community. Oh well, I'll ask elsewhere, not much positive feedback on this site anywaUys. 

learn how to act like an adult or you will be asked to leave IFI

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So after 4 hours you have formed that opinion? There are many " maybe in your state" that do not get on here every day. Not everything is instant. You got close to instant advice and just insulted it, and the website they contribute to. Doubtful anyone else will stick their neck out. 

The replies and additional questions surely don't sound "know it all" to me. 

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It has to do with insurance. if the landowner insurance does not cover it, he is unlikely to allow it. The owner on the other hand may see it as low risk and do it without telling the insurance. Unwise, but possible. The tenant does not have that choice. Thne there are council regulations that vary from state to state (in Australia from suburb to suburb)  

Some time ago making your own biodiesel was all the rage. A few people burned down their house in the process only to find out that the insurance did not cover them. 

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My landlord encouraged me to forge at the casita I rent; no permits, so special requirements.  One of the reasons I rented from him.  However I don't know how my situation here in NM renting from a person---no lease!---has any alignment with your situation.   Surely your local contacts have run into this before?

In general I understand trying to get covered as an artists studio is easier than as a smithy.

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