Your vision of blacksmithing is of a large, sweaty man in a leather apron, bent over a large open fire, pounding red-hot steel into shape with a huge hammer. The reality is that today, many blacksmiths, knife-makers, and metalwork artists use a propane forge. It may not look as dramatic, but today's blacksmiths achieve the same 2,300-degree heat level, and higher, with a propane-powered forge. Propane gas forges come in a variety of sizes; which one you choose depends on your forging needs. A single burner model works well for smaller blacksmithing projects, such as forging knives. To use less fuel and ensure more even heating, look for a rounded propane forge. The round body allows the heat to roll throughout, eliminating corner cold spots. Look for an interior lined with ceramic, which both strengthens and insulates the forge. Gas forges typically reach maximum heat in approximately 20 minutes, though you may begin forging as soon as it reaches the accepted 2,300-degree forge-welding temperature. You can find a wide variety of gas forges and blacksmithing accessories among the inventory on eBay to ensure your new career or hobby gets off on the right foot.
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