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Old 2024-03-10, 7:16pm
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Default Glory Hole Substitute?

https://www.vevor.com/propane-gas-forge-c_11133
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Old 2024-03-11, 5:39am
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They don't get nearly as hot, and the heat is not properly uniform. Partially because of poor burner design, and partially because they don't have a heat retention ring.
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Old 2024-03-11, 6:14am
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I think it was an article in Glassline back in the 90's I ran across a while back about building a coffee can glory hole for small sculptural work that got me interested. I think I'm going to give it a try if I can dig that article back up. I do remember that it used fiber blanket and some kind of silica rigidizer that you had to soak the fiber blanket in. I swear I think they said it would work with a hot head or a minor burner mounted to it? It's a shame that the forges won't work, the price sure is decent. Anybody here build one of those coffee can jobs, or know someone else who has?
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Old 2024-03-11, 6:30am
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I've built one, it's pretty easy and cheap.

Those forges would be a decent starting point, just know they need a little DIY reengineering to be really effective.

Henry Halem's Glass Notes is a wonderful (essential) book to have for these type of things.
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There used to be plans or instructions floating around for the Murphy Fire Bucket. A couple YouTube videos with Gil Reynolds but I don't know if they include how to. Can't link on this tablet, sorry.
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Yeah I think I'm going to go for it at some point this summer, I don't need anything large but just a small one that the wife and I can work some smaller pieces in. She's dreaming of a 'Frog Chess Set' that she thinks would be for her... we'll see LOL
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