First: What is the minimal starting equipment?
I have the following list compiled so far
- Fuel for the forge
- Safety Glasses
- Welder's Gloves (for heat protection)
- Metal to work
- Basic set of punches
- Cutoff Hardy
- Basic set of files
- Square Ruler
Second: What fuel for the forge?
I haven't really seen anything definitive that indicates one fuel is far superior to another, mostly that it's just preference/cost. But Propane, Natural Gas, Coal, Other? What are the benefits of one over another (heat up time, fuel consumption, rough costs per hour, affect on the metal to be worked)?
Third: Does anyone here actually have a hobby shop setup in a residential area and what is the roughly minimum size of the shop?
I know I have more than enough room for it in my yard, and I've read over the other post that talked about noise/fire ordinances and appeasing neighbors from time to time, but haven't really been able to determine if it's possible. I'm also not sure how big it would need to be and whether it's possible to setup a temporary shed with linchpins to reassemble at a later time. We are likely to be moving in the next 5 years and I don't want to put up a permanent structure at this residence (if I were to put one up).
Fourth: Any other tips or info that could be offered for a beginner outside of going to Guild meetings, classes, events and what not?