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Re: Danger, Will Robinson *LINK*
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steve voigt
Derek, I have limited experience with propane and refractories, so take this with a grain of, uh, sand. ;) Cheap homemade refractories work fine with solid fuel, but propane is a whole different ball game, because the average temp can easily be 1000 F higher than with a solid fuel forge.

There are lots of recipes on the web for homemade refractories used with propane. They will probably work, but they will be less efficient, and will need more frequent repair or rebuild, than the proper materials that are specifically made for forges. As with anything else, you get what you pay for. By all means go for it, just be aware of what you're getting in to.

If you decide you want better materials, get some Inswool and Satanite. Your forge will heat faster and the lining will last much longer. I'll link below to a place in the U.S. that sells small quantities of all that stuff. Also, there's a place in Australia that sells a rather pricey kit, but the savings in shipping might be worth it: https://www.artisansupplies.com.au/product/forge-refractory-kit/

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