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Old 11-19-2022, 06:33 PM
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Forging in a Garage

So I have a hobby machine shop in my detached garage. I am looking to build a forge. My garage has 9 ft ceilings and unfortunately due to a few circumstances I won't be able to really move the forge outside to work. Does anyone else forge in their garage and do you have any issues with ceiling getting hot? And if so how do you handle? If the whole thing is a bad idea, Ill welcome that advice too. I have figured out how to separate the forging from anything else with welding blankets. Thanks in advance for any help. And if this is posted in the wrong forum, please advise and move if necessary.
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Old 11-23-2022, 07:04 AM
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Your biggest issues would be adequate air and ventilation for both you and the forge, the obvious fire hazards, and if your homeowner insurer finds out.
I'm guessing you are talking a gas forge, so a 9' ceiling should be ok heat wise. You could always mount an offset sheet of metal directly above the forge as an added point of safety.
Make sure you have adequate "dancing" room in case things go a bit sideways - can happen real fast. Make sure you have a quick 1/4 turn shut off valve near your fuel source that is easy to reach quick and that you have an adequate escape route.
As I first mentioned air is important, forges consume a lot of O2.
Think logically and be safe - you will have more fun that way.


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Old 11-23-2022, 07:13 AM
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Since your forum name is Georgiadoc, is it reasonable to think you live somewhere in Georgia? If so general location might get you an invite to visit other smith's forge setups and connect you with one of the best networking groups of skilled artisans in the SE.
You may pm me if you like.


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