I am beginning to think that you actually know everything.
Not a chance…
Are there any saftey issues I should be aware of?
Hydrogen can be dangerous. I’ve never heard of any horror
stories in the jewelry field, maybe that’s because we were all
so scared by the supplier’s warnings. One thing I’ve been told
(and never understood) is to never let your tank become
completely empty, replace it with a few lbs of pressure left.
And open the main valve very slowly. I’m just repeating what I
was told, not from personal experience.
I assume I
will need a special regulator, is that true?
Yes, you will need a special regulator. The price is equivalent
to an oxygen regulator.
Do you use it only for casting?
That’s all I use it for. I have friends that use it at their
bench, but I’ve become so accustomed to natural gas that I
prefer it for benchwork.
Will I be able to get hydrogen at my local welding/fuel supplier?
I do, and I’m out in the middle of a big corn field…
Am I going to blow my shop up, (I keep thinking of the Hindenburg).
I’ve never heard of that happening in any jewelry shop. Hydrogen
is so light it disperses quickly. But heaven’s forbid it should
collect in a pocket and ignite. It could create a severe
explosion. Ask your welding supplier about it. Mine told me that
a large pill bottle filled with hydrogen could create a one foot
crater in an asphalt street… Needless to say, I’ve always been