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Old 2023-03-06, 7:14pm
obsidian obsidian is offline
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Default A good setup for the Fireworks bead kit?

Yesterday I picked up the Fireworks bead making kit to finally get started making some beads. I will be using a 1lb MAPP gas canister. I plan on using this kit until the torch dies, then getting a HotHead and keeping the same setup. I canít upgrade past a HotHead with a 1lb canister because I currently rent a condo.

I was wondering what kind of ventilation is necessary to have for a beginner kit like this? Also, just in general, some ideas for a safe beginner setup with this kit?

I will be making my workspace in a spare room. There is one sliding glass door in the room. For my tabletop, I will be building a cubicle type of design out of sheet metal to surround my torching area. For ventilation, the idea for now is to cut a board of some material to the height of the door, and run a flexible duct out for ventilation. Is that sufficient for this starter kit?

Here is my reference of someones ventilation setup that I want to try:

And the cubicle design I am referencing:

I know the more ventilation and safety the better - no matter the equipment. However this kit doesnít make much mention of that since it's for beginners so I thought I would ask on here!

Here is the kit:

Thanks for any help or guidance
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Old 2023-03-07, 12:44pm
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I'd suggest to keep the ducting length to an absolute minimum. Any extra length reduces flow, particularly with the flexible type ducting. Rigid is better but means a permanent installation. Also, that 4 inch fan is probably the minimum for that setup, you may consider a 6inch fan with a speed control to give you extra margin.
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Old 2023-03-16, 11:30am
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Hey, Obsidian ~ welcome to the forum! Sorry I did not see your question earlier.

For ventilation issues, you may want to look at this thread:

The very best semi-portable vent solution I have seen is described in detail here:

If you have not already purchased the Fireworks kit, I would not do so! The torch is supposed to be very poor quality, the bead release is bad news and the glass included in the kit is also of very questionable quality. As far as I can tell, it doesn't include any type of meaningful eye protection. You can do way better for less money!

What you really need: A basic torch (Hothead is good and should last you for years), a lb or 2 of 104 glass in basic colors, and some decent didymium glasses to cut the sodium flare. This will protect your vision and allow you to see the glass clearly even when it's in the flame. You'll need some bead mandrels (#304 stainless steel welding rod is the standard). Your local welding shop can sell you that for a very low price, and they might even cut it into shorter lengths. 8" or 9" lengths work great.)

My suggestion ~ join "Lampwork Tips and Tricks" and "Lampwork Supply Destash" both of FB. Those are both very active groups and you're likely to find folks who may have spares of all the supplies you need. The Supply group is ONLY for purchasing supplies, so don't ask questions there or you might get bumped off the group.

Good luck!

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