Making a Small Shop Forge Out of a Gas Bottle

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Making a Small Shop Forge Out of a Gas Bottle

On his YouTube channel, Aussie maker Neil Paskin, aka Pask Makes, posted this video of him turning a (new) propane gas bottle into a shop forge using a kit from GAMECO, an Australian supplier.

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The GAMECO kit supplies the gas hardware, Kaowool insulator, the castable refractory cement, and all other needed parts. The kit cost AUD$340 which is about US$244. You can get similar kits in the US for around the same price or you can simply put together the needed parts yourself. Neil also welded up a simple mobile cart for his new forge.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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