I don't understand you Scrambler. Please understand that this is not a criticism... I just don't understand.
Are you trying to make sure you do all the research before jumping in? Or is it that you don't have the funds, and are just fishing for information so that you can make a well informed purchase when the time comes? Because honestly, you usually have to get your hands dirty before you can really be informed. I blew my tax return on a propane forge last year. Other than watching a few youtube videos, I really didn't do a whole lot of research. In my mind, (even though I couldn't afford it and had to fight with my wife over a period of 6 months) the purchase itself WAS the research. Now that I've heated metal and pounded on it, I know what I need. Meanwhile, I can sharpen my skills with a hammer and get better at whatever I'm able to practice. When the time comes to take a step forward, I'll have the information. But I wouldn't have any information (except other people's opinions) if I didn't just jump in and try it. I have a brother in law who spent six months researching hunting knives. Every weekend he showed me different pictures and asked how they would work when skinning a deer. The most expensive one he was considering was less than $50. None of this made sense to me, because the first time I field dressed a deer, I stole a cheap kitchen knife out of my mom's knife drawer (she's still irate about that). Then when I did actually buy a knife, I simply walked up to a vendor at a flea market, felt it in my hands to see if it felt good, and made sure it was smaller than the kitchen knife I'd tried to use. And the next time I bought one, I spent a little more money on something that would stay sharp. You see, I spent more money each time, as my skill and knowledge advanced... instead of trying to obtain knowledge without the benefit of skill. All of this is simply my way of saying: Jump in man, the water is fine. Judging from the pics of your shop, you have enough skill to at least make something that will heat the metal enough to start hammering.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?