I've studied that burner for a long time, just didn't have the confidence to build my on forge at the time, if you check out Jesus Hernandez's site, you'll see he uses it for making Tama Hagane as well as general forging and the man is AWESOME! Proud that he is a fellow Alabamian! RexMc, you're right about that T-Rex burner! I've been running one for the past few days and its phenomenal. 3 PSI with a Satinite/ ITC-100 coated forge and it reaches 1500 in about 4 minutes and holds it beautifully... and that's with the slide only 1/4" open, if you let it burn wide open you can reach 2100 in a small forge in about 10 minutes or less... its a thing of beauty.
While some might not agree, I believe that the experience gained by building your own forge and burner(s), will not only net you savings, but will also provide you with valuable experience, and understanding of how and why your equipment works, which will translate into having a better understanding of what you're doing when you actually put the hammer to the steel.
While I'm sure that many of the commercially available burners work fine, I also think that if your "starting out" there is much valuable experience to be gained by building your own forge and burner(s). That's not a blanket statement! Everyone's situation/circumstances are different, and each individual must do what suits them best.....all I'm saying is that if a person is not careful, he/she can spend a lot of money on something.....and get less benefit than if they had spent less money, and more time/effort.
Are you building a 2 burner forge? Also, do you have a PSI gauge? If you do a 2 burner and if you don't mind, would you do an experiment with one burner to see the time to specific temps you can get? Record the time to around 500 degrees, 1000, 1500, etc., and at the PSI it's running at, then do the same with both burners running, I was planning on doing this until every plan I had for a PSI gauge fell through, seems I have some sort of funky regulator. Every gauge I bought would not fit, I will eventually get one to work, just too many other things to do/buy, while I'm satisfied with the performance of my blown forge, I'll wait until I get to work on another forge to address the issue.I bought 2 of them as well but have yet to put them in the forge. The build quality is bar none, thick stainless steel, nice flare, good welds, the things are great.I paid 204.85 shipped for both of them, I will mount them up some time in the next few weeks and get some temp readings for ya. I don't know yet if performance will be up there with the T Rex burners but if its anywhere near they will represent one of the best values going.
Not to dismiss your opinion, but that is why we need imperical proof, if you had a Pyrometer and PSI gauge, we could get the data needed to KNOW how fast it would get to XXXX temp in XX:XX time, Using XX pounds of propane, the efficency is a big point with me, because if it saves gas it saves noney and THAT is justificaton to spend the money. I totally agree that Rex price's burners are exceptional, even down to his 'Pocket Rocket'. But for the way I forge, I would need the imperical data to justify spending the money to buy anything I can't build.Hi Rex , They cost 95.00 ea +Shipping . I don't have a pyrometer on my gas forge . I don' have the T Rex but I have his bigger brothers the hybrid 1" forge or foundry model on my forge that I use for cans. They are indeed well made and perform exceptionally. And from the short time I've had the JF#1 I'd say there neck in neck .The price the fact that they are stainless steel makes them more desirable in my opinion
That is a great and valid point, BUT we have to start somewhere, and this looks like the best place to start. Looking forward to seeing how the numbers look, when you post your results include the size of your forge, type of insulation, refractory, etc, all of that will help getting a baseline. Thanks Bud, RexIll post some results after I get the forge up and running but it will be a few weeks. I would point out that alot of the results will be based on my forge itself and how well it works so you really wont get any true science on just the burners.