As a newcomer into the world of blacksmithing, or someone who’s not quite ready to commit a large chunk of their hard earned cash into purchasing a forge. Here at We Modern Makers, we’ve compiled a list of the best blacksmith forges you can get right now on the market that are simple to use, and affordable. In the list below you’ll find a wide variety of gas forges that will not only give you the heat and flexibility you’re looking for, but even provide portability or flexibility in what you can craft with them.
At one of the lowest, or most budget friendly on our list, is the Simple Single Burner Blacksmith forge. This forge comes in significantly cheaper than the other forges on the list, but still has the capabilities of some of the other forges. Its from a no name brand, so we couldn’t reach out to the makers of it when we put it to the test, but be sure to check out our review in the link below if you’re interested.
In our quest to find the best budget blacksmith forge for the inquiring tradesman, we stumbled upon this shiny guy. This Stainless Single Burner Blacksmith Forge. Compared to the #5 forge, this Stainless iteration comes with a larger working body, an adjustable burner throat, and a controllable breather for the chimney. If you’re interested in probably the most budget friendly forge we’ve looked at so far, check out our review.
Hell’s Kitchen Tools gives you a little guy with this single burner gas forge. However, the build quality is some of the best we’ve seen for entry level forges, and the burner is probably one of the top you can get on the market. Granted, you’re not going to be working giant billets in this forge, we’re looking for affordable and portable. And that’s where this forge shines coming in on the middle of our list. We’ve done an extensive review on this american made blacksmith forge, so if you’d like to know more about it check it out.
A more universal take to the standard blacksmith forge so far is the Cast Masters Furnace Forge. While this is not conventionally used as a smith forge, it provides more than enough heat to get your metal into working temperatures. The bonus is that this furnace also allows you to delve into smelting metal down with the included crucible and tongs. Smelting materials and pouring them into a mold is the purists idea of true form blacksmithing, so if thats something you’re interested in, check out the product overview we did here on We Modern Makers. Furnace With Crucible a Cast Masters Forge
This is it, the number one best blacksmith forge for the budget craftsman. The Hells Forge single burner forge has it all. The kit comes standard with a top grade single burner and propane regulator, a large working mouth that’s open ended with great air flow. The portable handle allows you to move it wherever you want to do your work, and ships with top grade refractory for some of the best heat retention we’ve seen in a portable blacksmith forge. Nothing is perfect, and this forge is no exception, as we’ve reviewed some other products on this list that do certain things better than this Hells forge. However, we believe as an all around introductory forge, you get what you pay for and then some with this product. This was one of the first forges we reviewed when we first started developing this site, so go check it out here.