I tried, half-heartedly I admit, to heat rebar with a propane hand torch and was getting no-where with it. How long do you folks spend heating it?
Of course, by this time next year, the forge will be operational....didn't happen this year, and by the time I realized how useful it would be, too many other projects to get done.
Rebar bending tools ("hickey bars") are about $25 at Home Despot or Sears, and look pretty handy.
Don't understand why I never see burners using them? What does the two pieces of pipe cost? The ones my campmate has are already badly chewed-up at the ends. I've been accused of being a little too ready and willing to buy new tools, but I've also saved many a project by realizing that the right tool (rented or bought) can make all the difference.
Of course, I am every increasingly dubious of rebar as *the* stake for BM. But, that's sorta heretical around here.
A civil engineer in an uncivilized land.