Choosing a Welding Blanket Like a Pro

Same as a painter, when you do your thing with the welding machine, you know that you cannot let the weld splatter on other items. That is why you need a welding blanket to protect your items. I was looking for a welding blanket some time back, and I realized just how tough shopping can be at times. There are always so many varieties of welding blankets in the online marketplaces and the choices can be confusing. I did manage to buy a few of these blankets though and now my work is better than before.

If you too are looking for one, here are a few tips to help you shop for a welding blanket easily:

Material used to make the blanket

Blanket for welding

Years ago, the most common material used to make welding blankets was asbestos, but it was outlawed because of safety reasons. However, it is still possible that some rogue vendor out there could be selling such blankets. That is why even if you do not know what the material should be, just know that asbestos is bad and you do not want it.

Look for a welding blanket made with Kevlar, yes, the same material that is used to make bulletproof vests. It is also fireproof, which is the first reason for buying a welding blanket.

Fiberglass welding blankets are also very common. These are made with just about the same materials that are used to make glass. Glass is fire resistant, but it does melt at high temperatures, and you can be sure that you will never reach the melting point of fiberglass in your workshop. This blanket has high heat resistance too, which makes it perfect for covering things that you do not want to burn.

Leather blankets

Flame retardent blanket

Good ol’ leather never fails to serve its purpose, does it? There are leather welding blankets, which are fire-resistant and with good care, they can last a long time. It might be more expensive to buy such a blanket, which is heavier by the way. But the good thing is that you get good value for the cost as the blanket lasts a long time. Leather is much better and more durable when compared to fiberglass. Depending on where you are welding, you can buy a big or a medium-sized leather blanket for welding. It will protect your items against the welding splatter and sparks.

Felt welding blankets

This is quite a surprise to many people because many do not know that felt is even more fire resistant than leather and fiberglass. However, it has a fire resistance of up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. It feels more comfortable against your skin. The only problem with felt is that it is not very durable, and therefore you might be in the stores sooner, looking for a new welding blanket.

These are just about the main materials used to make welding blankets. Fiberglass seems to be the most common since it lasts a long time and is cheap to buy. However, do not buy it blindly. Consider the types of finishing, and make sure the blanket has grommets so that you can hang it when you need to.

Donate a Grinder

I have been thinking of the best gift to donate to the local welding school for orphans. I have been thinking of various tools associated with welding that I can order online and donate them to this school. In my research, I have come up with just the right tool. I have decided that I am going to order a couple of angle grinders for them. I cannot say that I have any prior experience with these tools. However, I have found a lot of information about these grinders and after I donate a couple of them, I will order one for my own use.

Everyone should have an angle grinder

For a welder, a handyman, a mason, a plumber or any other person that works with his or her hands, an angle grinder is one of the best tools to have in one’s collection. You are going to find this power tool in any welding workshop. It is powerful and it pretty well does just about anything that you put it to. Whether you are a plumber or a mason, this is an indispensable tool.

The angle grinder is quite flexible. After all, it is not called an angle grinder for nothing. It is because it can cut at an angle. Thus, you can even use it to reach those nifty corners that other tools fail to reach. However, it is also a dangerous tool, so do not attempt any of the risky cuts with the grinder. Start slow and build up on the speed that you can do as you gain more skill and experience.

Just as you do when buying other tools or materials such as the best welding blanket for your workshop, do not take chances when buying your angle grinder. I know this is easier said than done as there are so many of them in the market and all of them claim to be the best. Now, in this case, you will realize that best is quite relative. Before you order one, I think you should read reviews that other users have left for the tool.

It is better to pay more for a better angle grinder

Do not think about the price too much. By now, we should know that the best power tools cost more money. However, it is always better to pay more money, get more features and durability than pay less money and have the grinder die on you sooner rather than later. Most of the time, DIY enthusiasts waste their money on cheap and worthless tools. Now, this is not to say that you cannot get a good and affordable power tool because you can. You would just have to be more thorough in the buying process.

Buy a grinder according to the disc size. Now, the bigger the disc that an angle grinder is supposed to use, the more powerful it will be. However, bigger grinding discs are not always very accurate. Thus, if you are looking for accuracy, you had better go for a grinder that uses a smaller disc.

Another thing that you may want to consider is the speed of the grinder. The higher the better because it will cut faster and save you time. However, also consider your comfort as well as the weight of the grinder. Too much is not good.

Here are two angle grinders that you can buy for your use today:

DW840 DeWalt Grinder

DeWalt DW840

DeWalt is one of those names that you can invest in confidently knowing that the tool you buy is going to give you good service. The bold yellow color looks nice, and the build of the grinder is quite endearing. It is also easy to access the brushes in case you need to replace them. Another thing that you will love about this angle grinder is that the internal parts are covered against metal shavings and dust.


  • Big disc at 7 inches
  • High power at 7000 RPM
  • Keyless adjustability for the guard
  • Rear handle is quite ergonomic
  • Good for grinding at angles and tight places


  • It tends to overheat

Makita GA7021

Makita GA7021

This is the best angle grinder for sure, but it is also a bit costly for many people’s taste. However, you will love that it performs as it is expected to, and at 7000 RPMs, well, you will get your metal, tiles or plastic cut faster. The wheel guard is adjustable without using tools.

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  • Handle can be adjusted to three positions
  • The soft rubber grip is nice and comfy on your hands
  • Easy-to-access brushes
  • Easy to use, with enough safety features


  • No cons whatsoever

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Welding Fire Safety Ideas

Welding is a risky craft, but one that we cannot do without seeing as how popular metal is. However, let’s just concede that all jobs that we do involving power tools do have an amount of risk. Some have a small risk, some have a bigger risk. It is just the way it is. However, with good management, it should be easy for you to manage the risk too. In fact, it is quite possible for you to minimize, if not eliminate all the risk. One of the biggest risks on the workshop floor is that of fire.

I have been teaching the local welding school for orphans how to prevent fire in the welding workshop. Here are some of the safety features that we have been considering:

Do a safety survey before you can begin welding

Welding fire picture

This is the most important step in the prevention of fire in your workshop. Welding produces a lot of fumes and fire and so if there are flammables nearby, an explosion is bound to happen. Also, know that the welding fumes are toxic, can cause you eyesight problems and so on. Thus, you want to know that the welding area is well ventilated and that there is a lot of fresh air coming in. Also ensure that the floor of the workshop is clean. You do not want someone to trip over metal pieces lying haphazardly all over the floor.

Ensure your welding equipment is in sound health all the time

Take good care of your gear. This means checking all the gas pipes to make sure they are not leaking. If you are using a MIG or TIG welder, make sure that it has been serviced and primed for the job at hand.

You should check all the cables to make sure that there are no exposed wires anywhere. When it comes to dealing with risks of fire in your workshop, you know you can never be too careful. One way to lessen fire hazards is to ensure your gear is in sound shape and that it works as it is supposed to.

Always have a plan for dousing a fire should one occur

When your daily business in the workshop involves fire, you know that you had better have a plan and a contingency plan too to take care of fire should there be one. Have a fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach position and teach every hand in the workshop how to use this tool. Also, make sure that the fire extinguisher is in good working order. Get different types of fire extinguishers so that if you have a paper, grease or cloth fire, you can put it out in its early stages.

Wear the right gear for the job
Do not be too focused on your equipment and the workshop floor such that you forget about your own safety. You have to wear the right protective gear. This includes the shoes – they should be specifically made for welding. You also need a pair of heavy-duty gloves, an overall and a welding shield. The essence of gearing up in the right clothing is that should there be an accident, you can be able to rise to the occasion to offer help fast.