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Gas Forge Recommendations

Discussion in 'Forges, Ovens, Kilns, & Salt Pots' started by John Noon, Aug 3, 2016.

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  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Given that I have been trying for several months to build a forge and truly getting no where can anyone recommend a gas forge I can pick up. Plan on using while I build a sectional forge I have scribbled up.

    Need to be decent at flower and hook making before December 19 when I plan on having a table at the local fair to show off my creations.
     
  2. Jewett

    Jewett New Member

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    Have you checked out the coffee can forge tutorials on YouTube. I made one on the cheap.
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Going just a little bigger but ran into a problem getting 3/4" pipe nipples and some suppliers are like deer in a headlight when I asked. So I had to go bigger pipe and just recently found out I should run up to 30 psi on the gauge.
    Also I was a little sloppy with the holes due to lack of numbered bits and the size I was able to get was a few thousands to large making getting the nozzle centered in the pipe harder. So I plan on trying another one and once the distance is good into the venturi I plan on holding the nozzle in center and securing with a refractory cement.
    This may take longer to adjust in the future but it will hold better than a loose hole with any luck.
     
  4. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    John if you are going to run 30 psi of propane I hope you can get a deal on the propane because you are going to use a ton of it.
    I use about 8 psi to forge weld in my big forge and about 2 psi it I am just hammering out steel.
    This little forge will use about 2-3 psi of propane
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  5. Prevenge

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    Yeah , when I built mine the tiny amount of thought I did actually put into it was to try and make it as inefficient as possible...that was sarcasm but it is terrible and I still only run 5-10psi during normal use. I think I cranked it up to 15 or 20 when I was reforging a hammer head to suit my needs. Sounds like you need a better supplier. I went to the local gas/plumbing supply place and they just let me go behind the counter and piece together my burner and pick out my gauge and regulator.
     
  6. John Noon

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    Those numbers make more sense, tomorrow I might build another burner and see if forge gets above 500F

    Have fire bricks with Kaowool all stuffed into a 10x10 square tube, chamber is 240 cu/in I think but would have to confirm that
     
  7. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I have an adjustable regulator that goes to 30 psi, but have never opened it up. That a LOT of gas. You'd need so much air for combustion at 30 psi it would probably greedily suck it out of your lungs. :(

    5 psi has a serious roar to it.
     
  8. Cristian

    Cristian New Member

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    My gas forge runs between 3 to 5 psi.
     
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    mine is not a forced air and i typically run 4-6 psi and have had it as high as 10 when welding, but that was probably past a point of efficiency and more than was actually needed.
     
  10. John Noon

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    I think with only having 1" pipe nipples and the design of the burner may be part of the problem for gas flow rates. sounds like an afterburner running when going full blast, I should get some pictures of the beast maybe video once I try and get it running again.
     
  11. Slannesh

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    Did you get anywhere with this John? I'm pretty sure I can get 3/4 pipe nipples locally. I'd be happy to send you one if you need.

    My challenge was finding a 1.5" - 3/4 Bell reducer and the 1.5" pipe nipple for Dancom's design. Scored both today :)
     
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  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Built what I could and as a single burner I managed to get a good blue tint on the steel with the burner out of adjustment. Going to be stubborn and try and get the size I have running even if I have to hook up to my compressor, although I do get a real nice blue flame so pretty close.
     
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    Offer is always good if you need it man. Let me know.
     
  14. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Thank You, was trying to get a bunch of knives ready for local show and getting really no where. had an idea of bringing several blanks to show and tell so people can pick their own handles if anyone actually buys something. The copper and Mokum forging will have to wait for a couple more weeks.
     
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    I bought my first gas forge from majestic i had it runnin on 20 psi lol i guess i better turn it down.Were in Canada can you buy insboard and other forge supplys
     
  16. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    the fireproof insulation and hard bricks can be bought at many pottery supply places, just get something for 2800 and higher when possible.
     
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    Thxs John
     
  18. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Sounding stone in Winnipeg carries both as well as high temperature pyrometers for forges
     
  20. Slannesh

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    Oooh... Pyrometers... That might be worth looking into.
     

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