just a shout out to all the smiths here, i have always wanted to get into becoming a smith my self and finally i have reached that time and means in my life where i can. i live in northeast conn. and currently have nothing lol i will be stating to hit the flea markets for supplies for my new set up. still not sure on if should use coal or gas fed any tips are more than welcome. thanks
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Welcome to the forum family!
As far as tips on the forge situation, look in your area for fuel sources, and go from there. Where I am, I have access to both at reasonable prices, so I use both. (Pursued having a gas forge first, but got them both at the same time.) If you find getting coal to be cheaper, then you can make a pretty simply coal forge using some clay and bricks with some sort of air flow, and a way of dumping ash and clinkers. Metal is nice, and having a wide flat surface around your fire pot is also a great feature. Anthracite coal needs constant air flow, so an electric blower would be smart, but bitimuous can be used with a hand blower or electric, can be left alone and started back up with ease, though it makes clinkers which need to be cleaned out.
Propane has a tendency to change price from place to place and time to time, so it's dependent on the area. If you go propane, there are a lot of different designs, but at the simplest, you need a metal container of some three-dimentional shape to hold an insulator capable of at least 2000 degrees F, like many castable refractories and kaolwool (what I use). Burners can be made by hand with some research and not too expensive materials, but it can be finicky to find just the right air to fuel pressure/amount. Not too bad, though.

It's a whole other talk about anvils.

Hope I could help.
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Howdy from 'bama!  Get ready for a lot of sweat, blood and a few burns [wink] but it's worth it.  Look forward to seeing your progress.

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Welcome to the club! Be prepared to get obsessed with it, its a lot fun.
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If your in Connecticut I would recommend visiting the guys at dragon's breath forge and taking a class there. Not to mention all four of them have been on forged in fire and everyone one them won except micheal but he is still a good smith. They will have lots of advise for you.
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Hank Rearden
Welcome, We have a good group to bounce  things off of here. I also scout flea markets and junk stores. Sometimes I get deals and other times dealers think old iron cost more then gold. Check out auctions in your area as well. It took me about a year to get my anvil and a few hammers and tongs. But I've collected tools since I bought my first set of offset wrench's as a kid. Still have them too. You'll pick up what you need as you go and before long you'll make some of them.

I'm in Central PA and soft coal goes for 20 bucks a hundred. I like the small coal forge I use. That makes it practical for me. I forge in my driveway as well. Neighbors are ok with it and often come out to watch and shoot the breeze. Both the men and women. Go figure. Only problem for me is keeping the fire lit or not burning the metal if the conversations get too in depth. Coal can take a while to get going and smokes a lot at first, sometimes. Gas is lite and go. You can always do both! 
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