Steve Meyer
I'm looking into buying a prebuilt Gas forge.  I've always run my coal forge so I'm a little lost on what to buy.  Help would be great, I'll list some of the ones I've been looking at.  If they are terrible please let me know that they are and what would be a better alternative.  I'm listening so any experienced suggestions are appreciated.  Oh building one isnt out of the question.  I've seen some square ones and the like that were very nice, and I can weld.  $200 is my max budget at though..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Propane-Forge-for-Knifemaking-Blacksmith-Gas-Forge-48-Hose-Regulator-U-S-Made/162583910734?hash=item25dac1994e:g:ssAAAOSwlepZ4~nx

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Propane-Forge-Knife-Making-Blacksmith-Gas-Forge-Farriers-furnace-Regulator-U-S-A/142530744605?hash=item212f7e911d:g:UtcAAOSwI6RZ2P8T
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jmccustomknives
Neither of those are very efficient designs.  Will they heat, yes.  I built one from a disposable helium tank and have about that much in it.  It will reach welding temps.  As far as buying one goes, I purchased a Diamondback years ago.  I burned up the shell but still use the burners in my Damascus forge. 002.JPG 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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theengel
Is that thing open or closed on the back?
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'?
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Steve Meyer
Closest thing I'd have to a tank like that is a Small Air tank that I no longer use.  My problem with building one is getting the things I need.  I live in a small community and sometimes finding the smallest things is difficult, so I have to have a very specific list in advance since it can take days to get small things that pop up.  I do have a CD I bought from somewhere several years ago on forges. Knife Making for Noobs, Basic Forge Building.  I would like to have a efficient design. I have a bunch of knives I need made this month and I'm stuck atm.  My coal supply ran out or it wouldn't be a issue.
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mtforge
Have you been to   http://www.zoellerforge.com/  ?
He has parts, pictures and supplies. You could build the fire brick forge  http://www.zoellerforge.com/firebrickforge.html now to get you by and modify it as needed later.
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Steve Meyer
The first link didn't work but I didnt know about them.  I think I would be better off to build a somewhat more permanent forge now while I can.  I ordered Kaowool and Satanite so I'm building it.  I figure Ill just cut the air tank and line it with the wool and bricks on the bottom much like the ones pictured.  But I will have a inner diameter of 8" and a length of up to 17".  So mostly just figuring out burners now.   I wonder if I cant just cut a 3" hole in the back of the tank in case I need some room for pass through and line and paint the back? Thank you for your advice so far.
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jmccustomknives
That design will work.  And with the way your doing it will be much better than those cheap ebay ones.  Yours will need at least 2 burners.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Steve Meyer
I spent most of yesterday watching youtube videos so hopefully I can get it built.  One guy had a series of videos that I think will fit my needs in particular.  I think two burners will work I'm hoping though I wont have to use them both with every go?  For instance small knives or keychain trinkets that I make, shouldnt require both burners?

Basically exactly what I wanted to do with my tank he did the front different but probably better.  Wanted to check here that it looked ok.  I know its a bit off topic now however.




making two of these wouldnt be hard, the problem for me would be buying two regulators.
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