Hello all! Long time lurker, first-time poster.
After years of being blocked by a lovely but wary studio mate, the studio mate has moved on and I joyously decided on expanding my studio operations with a Little Smith oxy-propane setup (the 5lb propane tank kit). I’m now second-guessing myself (residual studio-mate side eye?) because I’m wondering if I’m behaving irresponsibly in getting a larger tank when I only make it into my studio on weekends at best. Logically, I know that a well-set-up and secured tank won’t pose any leakage threats despite only being used intermittently, but I wanted to hear from more experienced smiths in the community.
For context, I want the larger tank because the smaller setups with disposable tanks aren’t intended for use with rosebud tips, and I have been wanting to explore raising large vessels and forging larger body jewellery, and would like the additional power/size – and wouldn’t mind one day being able to do sand casting in the studio, either. Am I making assumptions? Is it smarter to just get a really weenie propane setup and supplement with a weed burner and/or melting furnace one day? Am I overthinking this and/or being irrational?
Thanks in advance! -IV