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To Preserve and Promote the Art and Craft of Blacksmithing Through Education.

Welcome to HABAIRON.ORG, the website of the Houston Area Blacksmith's Association, the Internet resource of choice for the blacksmith in and around Houston, Texas. We have the technology!

September 20, 2003

Gas Forge Work Shop
with Jay Hayes

In September our regular HABA meeting featured a Gas Forge making workshop with special guest blacksmith from ABA and West Virginia, Jay Hayes. The complete website with information leading up to the workshop is still available for your information at HABA GFW. A big page of photos is posted at http://www.habairon.org/Sept03/gfwphotos.html

Jay Hayes Jay was a very pleasant and knowlegeable expert to visit with. He is a combustion expert with a background in electrical engineering with marine experience in the Corp of Engineers serving on dredge vessels out of Beaumont. His large manufacturing company in Weston, WVa serves many different industries including a shrinking glass industry in WVa. Also he is a major supplier of very large scale programmed Christmas lighting systems such as seen in San Antonio. He loves his blacksmith activities and is always eager to share his talents with others around the country.

If your were wanting to participate but could not place an order, please send Jay Hayes a note and he will have your kit ready to ship without delays.

C&M crew

A total of 20 forge kits were purchased by HABA members. One single burner kit is still available from HABA (plus some insulation supplies) and it will be at the HF Tool Fair in October!

We built 9 gas forges from kits at the workshop, and demonstrated how to use these and other commercial forges safely at their maximum capacities! Special thanks to Les Cook for the welding service, and to Jerome Klawinsky of C&M Supplies for hosting the event. Lunch for 60+ attendees was provided by C&M and was prepared by our favorite HABA bbq cooking and pit fabrication expert, Robert Killbuck.

When & Where :

Saturday, Sept 20, 2003 :

C&M Sales
3565 S.Loop 336 East
Conroe, Texas

We worked in the AP Tools shop with large covered patio.

If you ordered a forge kit you were provided a complimentary HABA Membership for the remainder of this year. If you are not yet a Member, and want to participate, you may purchase a 2003 Membership for $5. This is also a good time to renew your annual Memebrship if not done so yet.

The schedule looked like this:

  • Saturday 8:00 am : Sign in, setup and begin
  • Saturday 9:00 am : HABA meeting, announcements, and introductions
  • Saturday Noon : Lunch provided by C&M (cooks needed !!!!)
  • Saturday 5:00 pm : Conclude and clean up

Directions to Work Shop

C&M Sales
is 3.3 miles east of I-45 at
3565 S.Loop 336 East
Conroe, Texas

The shop is on the inner side of the Loop. If coming on the South Loop from I-45 go 3.3 miles and look for the yellow metal building surrounded by a chain link fence. It appears suddenly on the left past a long stretch of wooded forest.


Several years ago HABA had their first Gas Forge Workshop and many of the single burner atmospheric forges are still working fine for the builders. We sought a second version and discussed several designs and costs. Please review the links below for more information.

We wanted this event provide some amount of education on the use of gas burners, and how to use the forge in addition to fabricating the forge.

Our host for the event was Jerome Klawinsky of C&M Horse Shoe Sales in Conroe, just north of Houston. They distribute several brands of gas forges, anvils, coal, and tools for farriers and blacksmiths. He provided lunch for the workshop.

Some relevent on-line links for your viewing including Fuels Safety Info from around the world.....

HABA Simple Propane Forge Plan HABA Letter June 1998 HABA Letter September 1998 HABA Letter May 2001
Ron Reil's Gas Forge Page Larry Zoeller's Forges David Wilson's Forge Page Helmut Hillenkamp's Forges
Forgemaster North Carolina Tool Forges Centaur Forge Heat Conduction Equation
Bloom's Basic Forge Bloom's Preheated Forge ABANA Pipe Forge Plan LAMA's Gas Forge
Anvilfire's Burner Anvilfire's 10 minute Forge Don Fogg's Gas Forge Rex's Hybrid Burners
LPG Safety Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety LPG Info LPG
LPG in Cylinders Propane Safety 1 Propane Safety 6 Living Safely With Propane Gas
Propane Properties, Safety and Handling NFPA Propane safety Hughes Propane Safety Propane Data and Safety Information
Combustion Basics Propane Combustion Propane Flame Flame Engineering
Propane Gas Property and History

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