Best Welding Shirts for Comfort and Protection

Stray sparks can get past welding helmets, jackets, and leathers. 

Because you don’t want a trapped spark to smolder—or burst into flame—under your jacket, a good flame-resistant (FR) welding shirt is an essential part of your PPE (personal protection equipment). 

Designed to self-extinguish hot sparks, they protect and provide peace of mind. The best shirts for welding can keep you warm in cold weather, and some even release trapped heat so you can work better when things get hot. 

Here are 8 of the best welding shirts you can buy to stay safe and comfortable.

A welder is protected from sparks by wearing a FR welding shirt and jacket.

Best Welding Shirts for Men

1. Best Welding Shirt for the Money 

Black Stallion FR Denim Welding Shirt

  • Heavy 8 oz. flame resistant cotton work shirt
  • Sturdy metal snaps
  • Meets ASTM 1506 standards

This affordable Black Stallion welding shirt provides protection and comfort without the bulk of a welding jacket. Use as supplemental protection under leathers, or alone for very light grinding and welding work.

The heavy but breathable 8-ounce 100% cotton denim is second only to 100% wool as a naturally flame resistant fabric. 

Black Stallion further treats the fabric to meet the ASTM F1506 testing standard. One requirement is that fabric must maintain flame resistant properties even after 25 washes. 

Even among a field of roomy welding shirts, this one stands out for its very generous fit. You’ll likely need a size smaller than usual. Here’s the sizing chart.

  • Chest pocket flaps and a pencil slot
  • Sizes: S-4XL (if you don’t see your size, search “revco denim shirt”).
  • FR tags on the left sleeve and pocket.
  • Not NFPA 70E or NFPA 2112 classified
  • Happy buyers with 92% giving 4 or 5 stars.
  • Compare to Lincoln Welding Shirt.

2. Most Durable Welding Shirt for Men

Wrangler Riggs Workwear Men's FR Welding Shirt

  • Classic work shirt with a comfortable and relaxed fit
  • Designed to self-extinguish to help prevent or reduce the severity of burn injuries
  • This fire resistant 100% cotton work shirt is built to last and keep you safe on the job

Made with hard-wearing 7.5-ounce 100% cotton fabric sewn with flame resistant Nomex thread, this Wrangler men’s work shirt is long-lasting. 

It is also comfortable, with a roomier fit than Wrangler’s cowboy cut work shirts. These feel large out of the package, but the 100% cotton shrinks to size.

With a button-down collar and high-visibility compliance labels, it’s hard to find a more professional-looking welding shirt. You get two functional chest pockets with button flaps and one pencil slot. 

Thanks to good looks and a decent selection of colors, you can wear this shirt nearly anywhere.

  • Sizes: MED – 3XT
  • Colors: grey, dark green, khaki, denim
  • Limited lifetime warranty 
  • Meets strict CAT2 and 2112 classifications
  • HRC2 and meets ASTM 1506, NFPA-70E and OSHA Final Rule 1910.269

3. Best Lightweight Welding Shirt 

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Carhartt Men’s Flame Resistant Twill Shirt

  • Lightest FR shirt from Carhartt
  • Good choice of big and tall sizes
  • Carhartt’s roomiest “Original” fit

Carhartt offers this lighter weight version of its classic FR work shirt that still meets the performance requirements of NFPA 70E, NFPA 2112/CAT 2 as shown by visible patches and tags. 

Made from 6-ounce, 88% cotton / 12% nylon flame resistant twill material with triple stitched main seams, it’s lighter than most FR shirts. However, because it’s still a durable work shirt, it can be warm during hot weather.

Fit is true-to-size if you’re used to Carhartt men’s sizing. Otherwise, you’ll find these roomy. With sizes from small to 4XL tall, this is one of the best welding shirts for big and tall guys. Tall sizes run 2 inches longer in the body and sleeves.

  • Machine washable/dry cleanable
  • Fabric can look rumpled and is difficult to iron
  • Button-down collar and front with flame-resistant melamine buttons
  • Extended sleeve plackets with two-button adjustable cuffs
  • Two chest pockets with flaps (one with pencil slot) and button closures
  • Solid colors only: dark red, gray, dark navy, khaki, medium blue

4. Best Western Welding Shirt

Wrangler Riggs Men's FR Western Snap Shirt

  • Nomex FR thread used in all garment seams
  • High-visibility safety orange compliance ID
  • Authentic Western styling

Long popular in the trades for its professional good looks and durability, this Wrangler men’s welding shirt is also comfortable. The fit is true-to-size, running smaller than traditional work shirts, but roomier than Wrangler’s classic Western cut.

Choose from a selection of plaid and solid colors, along with denim. FR fabric type varies by color. One is a heavy but breathable 7.5-ounce 100% cotton twill, the other a lighter, comfortable 6.5-ounce 88% cotton/12% nylon sateen.

  • Two spade pockets, one with pencil stall
  • Three snap cuffs don’t allow size adjustment
  • Machine washable
  • Arc Thermal Protective Value ATPV 9.5 calories/cm2
  • NFPA-70E, ASTM F1506, NFPA 2112, HRC 2 compliant

Best Welding Shirts for Women

5. Most Durable Welding Shirt for Women

Carhartt Women's FR Twill Welding Shirt

  • Durable and comfortable 88% Cotton/12% Nylon FR twill
  • Fitted with room to move
  • Good price for well-made FR workwear

Thanks to 7-ounce FR cotton-blend twill fabric, this Carhartt ladies welding shirt is durable and comfortable to wear, while providing extra protection from electric arcs or flash fires.

Carhartt offers this classic button-down collar welding shirt for women who want a fitted shirt that doesn’t restrict range of motion. Overall, it runs short, sometimes causing the tails to come untucked. Some find the body too roomy and prefer the closer-fitting Wrangler shirt shown below.

Flame-resistant melamine buttons secure the two chest pocket flaps, adjustable cuffs, and front placket. Triple-stitching on the main seams ensures longevity while reducing puckering so those areas lie flat.

  • Sizes: XS to XXL
  • In 2 colors: dark navy, khaki
  • Machine washable / dry cleanable
  • NFPA 70e, NFPA 2112, CAT 2, ATPV 8.6
  • Compliance tags on pocket (2) and shirt tail
  • Best for cool to moderate temperatures
  • Not recommended as a primary welding protection garment

6. Most Comfortable Women’s Welding Shirt 

Wrangler Riggs Women's FR Western Snap Shirt

  • Sateen finish is softer than most FR fabrics
  • Classic western look finished with pearl snap buttons
  • Colors: burgundy, navy, khaki, pink, purple, turquoise

This authentic Wrangler Western-style shirt is made from a 88% Cotton/12% Nylon FR fabric having a sateen finish. This gives it a softer, silkier feel that is more comfortable than most FR welding shirts, yet with strong on-the-job durability.

And you don’t have to give up safety to get a good-looking and easy-to-wear shirt. These flame resistant shirts for women meet strict CAT2 and 2112 classifications. 

Like most Western shirts, this one features a closer fit to the body than traditional work shirts. Some buyers needed to size up to maintain a comfortable range of motion.

  • Hi-vis FR label on left chest pocket flap
  • Hi-vis HRC2 NFPA 2112 patch on right cuff
  • ATPV 8.6 cal/cm2
  • Cuff snaps don’t allow adjustment for wrist size
  • More expensive 
  • Sizes: SM – 3XL
  • Machine wash

Best Welding Shirt Base Layers

7. Most Affordable Base Layer Welding Shirt 

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Rasco FR Mens Flame Resistant Henley Shirt

  • 100% preshrunk FR cotton
  • Durable and breathable 7.1 oz. knit base layer
  • Rib knit collar and cuffs

A good base layer provides an extra layer of protection under welding leathers or a jacket while helping keep you comfortable in cold or hot conditions. Along with flame resistance, the best welding shirt base layer is breathable, lightweight, and comfortable against your skin.  

This essential Rasco henley does it all at half the price of some big brands—without sacrificing fabric quality. 

Rasco pre-shrinks its durable 7.1 oz 100% cotton knit fabric, so that’s not a worry as long as you follow the wash instructions. These fit true to size, but are long in the body so they stay tucked in.

This classic design features a 3-button front with FR buttons and one chest pocket. Choose from eleven colors, including two camo patterns.

  • Compare to: Carhartt FR Henley
  • Sizes: SM – 5XL
  • Visible FR compliance tag on a pocket.
  • UL® classified to NFPA 2112
  • Meets the performance requirements of NFPA 70E
  • UL® certified to ASTM F1506
  • HRC 2 rating

8. Most Comfortable Base Layer Welding Shirt  

Bulwark FR 5.5 oz Cotton/Poly Long Sleeve Base Layer

  • Breathable mesh body panels and sleeve vents
  • Lightweight 5.5-ounce 90% cotton/10% poly moisture-wicking fabric
  • Extra comfort and protection under welding jacket/leathers

This Bulwark pull-over welding undergarment moves with you and won’t inhibit your range of motion.  

It’s designed for a close fit, keeping any sparks making it past your primary protection layer off your skin. Because of this, it runs small but can fit just about anyone with sizes small to 5XL. 

It’s made of a moisture-wicking material to dissipate perspiration and vented panels to release heat. Both fabric qualities help you stay comfortable when welding in warm summer weather.

  • Tagless collar
  • FR compliance label centered on neck
  • Highly rated: 90% give 4 or 5 stars
  • Home wash
Choosing the best welding shirts keeps welders protected from stray sparks.
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Choosing a Welding Shirt

Why do welders wear special welding shirts?

Protection. Welding shirts provide supplemental protection to a welder from serious burns if sparks or spatter make it past a jacket, leathers, or other safety gear worn as primary protection. 

Comfort. Just having an extra layer of protection is comforting on its own. But features such as the cooling panels and moisture wicking found in the Bulwark base layer can reduce discomfort in hot weather, keeping you focused on your work.

4.3 Protective Clothing. Clothing shall be selected to minimize the potential for ignition, burning, trapping hot sparks, or electric shock.”

American Welding Society (AWS) ANSI Z49 

Are FR shirts good for welding?

Most manufacturers do not recommend wearing their FR shirts as an outer garment while welding. The Black Stallion shirt is rated as an outer garment for very light welding and grinding work.

Remember, FR shirts are flame-resistant, not burn-proof. Spatter can burn through exposed fabric but should self-extinguish preventing serious injury. 

Video: How FR fabrics are tested (3:20)

What are welding shirts made of?

Because of a natural resistance to burning, the best shirts for welding are made from heavy twill or denim in 100% cotton.

100% wool is the most naturally flame-resistant fabric, but it is expensive and uncomfortably warm. 

Avoid 100% synthetics such as nylon, polyester, and rayon. These materials are prone to burning, melting, and creating fumes. Burning residue sticks to skin increasing the severity of burns

The best welding shirts are made of 100% cotton, or a high-percentage (88-90%) of cotton blended with polyester, that’s been chemically treated with fire retardant. Fabric weights of 6 to 8 ounces per square yard are common as heavy materials are more resistant to burning.

“Work clothing must also stop ultraviolet light from passing through it. This is accomplished if the material chosen is a dark color, thick, and tightly woven.”

L. Jeffus “Welding Principles and Applications” (8th Edition, p. 24)

Read the review: Welding Principles and Applications is the welding reference book to have if you’re going to buy just one.

What else to look for?

  • Collar – a tall collar without gaps protects against stray sparks
  • Pockets – outside pockets with flaps, inside pockets, or no pockets at all prevents trapping of sparks
  • Fit – roomy to allow work motion, but not too baggy—folds and wrinkles can hold sparks
  • Wearing untucked?  Make sure that the bottom hem folds under so it doesn’t catch sparks 

“Choose clothing that allows freedom of movement and covers all areas of exposed skin. Wear long sleeved shirts (no t-shirts), and button the cuffs, pockets, and collar. They will protect your arms and neck from radiation exposure and skin burns (caused by ultraviolet radiation from the arc). “

AWS Safety and Health Fact Sheet No. 33 

How to care for your welding shirts

Always follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions, but most are machine washable and dry cleanable.

  • Use liquid detergent for best results. 
  • Expect FR treatment to last for 30-50 washes. Machine washing in small wash loads will minimize wear reducing loss of FR treatment. 
  • After washing check for holes, fraying, and residual stains and odors from flammable soils that could compromise FR properties
  • Expect lifetime garment shrinkage of 3-5% when care label instructions are followed
  • Avoid products that could compromise FR qualities:
    • Liquid chlorine bleach
    • Peroxide
    • Fat-based natural soaps
    • Fabric softener
    • Detergent with fabric softener
    • Bug spray with DEET
    • Starch

Why do welders starch their shirts?

It’s traditional for some welders to apply a heavy layer of starch to their welding shirts. The hard finish reduces wrinkles and repels sparks.

Not recommended by any manufacturer, starching can interfere with treated FR fabric. Starches and sizing contain glues and/or polyester resins that may reduce the self-extinguishing qualities of a material.

The big picture

We all know welding has its risks. 

Knowing those risks is your first step to staying safe. The second step is managing the risk.

Because we expose ourselves to flying bits of molten metal, it only makes sense to wear an FR welding shirt next to your skin—and the Black Stallion welding shirt is durable and fits any budget.

Here’s Where to Find Scrap Metal for Welding Projects

I’m going to give you some common (and not so common) ideas about where to find scrap metal for welding projects. When going to these places, make sure always to be honest with the owner. Let them know that you’re looking for scrap metal so you can work on your next welding project, (this will get you a lot farther when collecting scrap metal than anything else you can say).

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How to Become a Welder: Steps to a Professional Career

When erecting the 5.4-ton Iron pillar of Delhi in India at around 310 A.D., the workers could not know how much influence welding would have on the world today.

Sixteen hundred years later, our progress beyond the ancient forge-welding process is evident. Anywhere you look there are bridges, skyscrapers, airplanes, and even cell phones, all thanks to welding.

As the American Welding Society states: “Welding is the secret ingredient that keeps today’s world together.”

Now, are you thinking: “What exactly does it take to become a welder?”

If so, then you’re in luck. In this guide, we’ll show you step-by-step everything you need to know about how to become a welder.

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The 7 (Or So) Best Welding Books in My Library

It’s a great time to take up welding. Welding machines are more affordable, safer and easy for beginners to use.

While new welders are easy to use, developing basic skills and knowledge can ensure you’ll enjoy welding. Beginner frustration (lack of success) can end a hobby before the fun begins.

But you can avoid disappointment with your new hobby. Choose and read one of the best welding books in this article to:

  • Learn proper welding techniques from how-to-weld books, so you’ll start welding with confidence.
  • Broaden your knowledge and skills for advanced projects with more comprehensive welding reference books.
  • Get inspiration and support from welding project books to put your new skills to practice while making useful and attractive items.

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The Best Welding Books for Beginners

Learn to Weld: Beginning MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication Basics

About the author: Stephen Christena

It’s clear this author has a genuine passion for welding and enjoys sharing his experience.

He describes himself as a “confident handyman and consummate tinkerer.”

The author grew up in a family of DIY’ers and began welding at an early age.

With a 120-volt MIG welder and a grinder, he opened a welding shop over 20 years ago.

His business now specializes in furniture, sculptures and business signage, but still accepts small repair jobs from neighbors.

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And beginners can attend MIG welding classes at his Chicago studio. Check out his work here.

Who’s this welding book for?

This book’s title is spot-on, with the keywords being: MIG and basics. It’s ideal for beginners wanting to get started on the right foot with a MIG welder.

More: Why MIG is best for beginners.

No previous shop experience? No problem!

From his teaching experience, the author has learned never to assume anything about his students.

In this book, you’re not expected to know how to lay a grinder on the table safely. Or, that you even know what an angle grinder is.

You’ll also get reminded to step away from a grounded workpiece when trimming an electrode wire. Many books overlook informing beginners of this important caution.

Many DIY’ers prefer this author’s conversational guidance over other textbook-style instruction.

The right welding book by a gifted instructor-author will have you welding in no time. And a good book can help you push through when you hit a wall with a new project.

The book’s style is like listening to a neighbor down the block that really knows his stuff.

As far as MIG welding goes, I’m sure the author has seen it all. But he seems to remember being in your shoes and never talks over your head.

You’ll get the feeling that he wants you to enjoy welding as much as he does.

As one of the best welding books for workshop beginners, it will have you welding quickly—and safely. And, with the included exercises and projects, you’ll do so with a purpose.

What does this book cover?

Again, this book stays true to its title. It sticks with learning to MIG weld and metal fabrication basics, including:

  • How welding works, the differences between types of welding, and advantages of MIG welders for hobby and DIY welding
  • Electrical, ventilation, and layout considerations for setting up your work area
  • Shop and gas storage safety; first aid
  • Use of three primary fabrication tools: the welder, angle grinder and chop saw
  • Various types of clamps and how to use them
  • How to source and prepare metal for welding
  • Developing proper welding techniques utilizing vision, stance, hand position, and gun angles to control the weld puddle
  • Hands-on exercises to learn basic welding joints
  • Learn to fabricate a simple jig for use in the first project lesson
  • 3 projects with material lists: get a solid grasp of the fundamentals by making a metal cube; advance your skills with an intermediate-level welding table or a sofa table

Note: This book does not cover aluminum welding or spool gun use.

Complete two of this book’s three projects, and you will have the start of a strong welding foundation. With less frustration and more success, you’ll enjoy your new hobby more.

Welding For Dummies

About the author: Steven Robert Farnsworth

With over 40 years of welding experience, the author is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Educator and Welding Inspector.

While in high school, he took vocational classes to earn a welding diploma.

Then, in the Navy, he worked on submarines as a Hull Maintenance Technician. He also qualified as a high-pressure plate and pipe welder.

As a Community College Welding Instructor, he taught structural, pipe and production welding. Plus MIG and TIG theory and labs.

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Who’s this book for?

This welding book is perfect for beginners who have some familiarity with shop tools and safety.

No series is better than the Dummies at explaining a topic using minimal technical jargon. This is a scan-able how-to textbook. You’ll find complete information in easy reading bite-sized pieces.

It’s all good material—as long as you’re not put off by the forced Dummies-style humor. For example, a section titled: “Getting your Welding Setup Tig-ether” <groan>.

What does this welding book cover?

  • Overview of how different welding processes work and differ from one another
  • Understanding steel, stainless steel, and aluminum
  • Protecting yourself while welding, along with general shop safety
  • Welding area location considerations
  • Equipping your shop from bare bones to more complete, including some customarily overlooked accessories for your convenience.
  • Understanding the different types of arc welders and how to get started welding with practice exercises, including stick welders, TIG and MIG
  • About plasma arc cutting and equipment
  • Understanding oxyfuel cutting and its tools
  • Welding, brazing, and soldering with a gas rig
  • How to weld pipes and cast iron
  • A chapter dedicated to helping evaluate and plan DIY repairs including crack repairs and hard-facing

PROJECTS:

  • Cart to store and quickly move your welding gas cylinders
  • 2’x3’ portable (wheeled) welding cart for your shop
  • Campfire grill

Farm and Workshop Welding: Everything You Need to Know to Weld, Cut, and Shape Metal

About the author: Andrew Pearce

Growing up in England, the author worked on cars, motorcycles and farm equipment.

After his agriculture studies, he wrote for several farming publications. Later, he became a welding instructor.

Who’s this book for?

Please don’t skip over this welding book because you don’t have a farm!

It’s suitable for complete beginners or for more experienced welders.

You’ll find this detailed handbook useful whether you’re working on your homestead; out of your suburban garage; or yes, even on a farm.

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Geared for DIY’ers with at least some shop aptitude. This book digs into hands-on welding to repair or create metal equipment.

You’ll not only learn how to weld but gain a solid understanding of how your welder works.

An example is a section covering the relationship between arc length, voltage, and current. It’s well-written and understandable. The information changed my understanding of what’s going on inside of my welder, and the effect on welds.

What does this welding book cover?

With a direct, easy-to-read style, this welding reference guidebook covers getting started with the conventional processes:

  • Stick
  • MIG
  • TIG
  • Gas
  • Plasma cutting

They pack the book with helpful illustrations and photos. Including showing the differences between good, and not so good, welds.

Beyond learning to weld, you’ll find this book also contains practical guides for:

  • Metal Identification
  • Welding Safety
  • Workshop Techniques
  • Cast Iron Welding
  • Pipe Welding
  • Hardfacing
  • Soldering
  • Welding Plastics
  • Drill Sharpening
  • Taps and Dies
  • Basic Blacksmithing

You’ll find helpful advice on how to avoid common mistakes (and fix them, if it’s too late), saving you time and money.

The Best Welding Reference Books

Beyond the information in a learn-to-weld book, you’ll need a more comprehensive welding reference guide. Something on hand to solve your project-specific problems.

Among many benefits, a good welding reference book will help you choose the right filler material or shielding gas. It can show you a unique welding technique. All handy for those projects that fall outside basic textbook examples.

As your world of welding expands, you’ll go to your best welding books often. These valuable resources will help you fill in your knowledge gaps. You’ll have the confidence to build on your welding skills and techniques.

Hobart Pocket Welding Guide

Who is this welding book for?

This small format (4” x 7”) guide is the best welding book for your toolbox or glove box.

It’s a long-time favorite of veteran welders, instructors, students, and hobbyists.

cover of a reference book titled HOBART POCKET WELDING GUIDE shows a person wearing a helmet while welding

What does this book cover?

A new full-color edition, this welding guide summarizes all welding processes, plus:

  • Welding symbols
  • Filler metal selection, use, and storage
  • New filler metal parameters
  • Metal identification and preheating procedures
  • Joints and welding positions
  • Shielding gas selection
  • Weld bead troubleshooting
  • Welding definitions
  • Equipment troubleshooting guide
  • Conversion tables
  • And much more…

Save $30 by picking this up at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.

Welding: Principles and Applications – 8th Edition

About the author: Larry Jeffus

A Life Member of the American Welding Society with 40 years as a classroom welding instructor, Professor Jeffus is well-qualified to author this comprehensive welding guide.

With over 55 years of welding experience, starting in high school, the author has accumulated a broad knowledge of welding.

He has welded on boats, tanks, pressure vessels, drilling gear, aircraft, racecars, buildings, and farm equipment.

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Who is this welding book for?

If you will buy just one book, this could be the best welding reference book for you.

Hands down, it’s the most useful welding book I own. A full textbook of 1000 pages, it’s a complete welding encyclopedia for me.

When I go to it with a welding problem, I know I’ll find a solution.

This book is definitely more expensive than less-complete learn-to-weld books. But I use the Kindle version which is usually half the cost of the hardcover edition.

Be aware though, that the Kindle edition does not work on ebooks or the Kindle for Windows 8 app. But it works great for me on my tablet, laptop, and even my phone.

Typical of most textbooks, this one lays a lot of groundwork for the beginner before you ever start welding. But if you stay patient with the material, you will know what to do when you finally pick up the torch.

Are you interested in moving beyond hobby welding and into a career? This welding book will prepare you to complete the AWS SENSE Level I and Level II programs, a path to become a professional welder.

You’ll learn something new from this book every time you pick it up.

What does this book cover?

Of course, this welding book covers everything needed to get you started with any welding or cutting process safely. But it will take you so much deeper.

You’ll find varied topics such as shop math, calculating welding job costs, weld testing, and inspection. Even practice lessons to help you weld a specimen for your certification test. Learn about advanced processes like magnetic pulse welding or laser beam heat treating.

I could really fill a lot of space here with what this welding book covers. The table of contents span over 11 pages. Plus 5 more pages just for practice exercises.

Instead, do yourself a favor and go here. Click on the book cover to the left. There you can see the table of contents and selected pages for yourself. This way, you’ll know for sure if this welding book is right for you, or not.

Be sure to check out the excellent color illustrations. This book is full of helpful, high-quality photos. But sometimes a well thought out drawing is the best way to present a technical concept, and they pack this book with them.

Pipe Welding Procedures2nd Edition

About the author: Hoobasar Rampaul

  • Employed as a pipe welder in the US and Caribbean
  • Instructor at Hobart School of Welding Technology

Who is this pipe welding book for?

  • Students in trade schools training to be pipe welders.
  • Experienced welders in the trade looking to expand their knowledge, skills, and earning potential.

This is a reasonably priced, easy-to-understand textbook with plenty of illustrations and diagrams

If, like me, you learn better when you understand the “why’s” behind a procedure or technique, you’ll appreciate how the author takes time to explain this important information for you.

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What does this pipe welding book cover?

  • Essentials of Shielded Metal-Arc Welding Technology
  • Heat Input and Distribution
  • Preparation of the Pipe Joint
  • Uphill Welding the Root Bead on Heavy-Wall Pipe (5G Position)
  • Welding the Root Bead by the GTAW Process
  • The Intermediate and Cover Passes
  • Welding Thin-Wall Pipe
  • Horizontal Pipe Welding (2G)
  • Welding Complicated Pipe Joints
  • Introduction to Welding Metallurgy
  • Distortion in Pipe Welding
  • Pipe Welding Defects
  • Fitting-Up Pipe
  • Qualification of the Welding Procedure
  • General Welding Safety

The Best Welding Project Books

So you’ve learned how to use your new welding gear. Now, it’s time to put your new skills to work and create something.

Welding project books will show you how to make attractive and practical items for home or work. Shop tables, carts, equipment stands, and outdoor furniture are favorite beginner projects.

Would you like to learn to create interesting artwork for your home? Great for gifts or to sell, artistic projects are perfect for beginners. Remember, you need not be an expert welder to be a great artist.

Are you naturally creative? Or, are you like me and don’t have a creative bone in your body? Either way, these books are sure to provide plenty of inspiration. So keep a notebook handy to record your ideas to adapt the projects you’ll see in these books.

You’ll often pick up good welding tips in project books. But don’t rely on this style of a book for learning how to weld, or how to use your equipment.

Ready, Set, Weld!: Beginner-Friendly Projects for the Home & Garden

by Kimberli Matin

A great book to find inspiration for your projects. The conversational tone encourages beginner welders to overcome their doubt and begin enjoying this craft.

The author presents two dozen attractive craft ideas with clear instructions and plenty of photos.

Projects grouped by difficulty include:

  • 7 easy projects including garden stakes, wall-mounted coat hooks, and a mirror frame.
  • Tables, a wine rack, a privacy screen, and a sconce are a few of the 11 intermediate project ideas.
  • A bench and shelves make up 4 of the 6 more advanced projects.

The book covers sourcing both purchased, and scrap metals, for projects.

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You’re likely to find several projects ideal for your home, or for gifts sure to be cherished.​​​​

Welding Complete: Techniques, Project Plans, and Instructions – 2nd Edition

by Michael A. Reeser

This welding project book starts with an overview of the welding and metal fabrication basics.

It provides a solid refresher course if you have previous welding experience.

Over 30 projects are complete with a tool and material list, instructions, blueprints, and illustrated plans.

The book is full of high-quality color photos.

I noticed right away how well-lit and uncluttered most of the images were, even those with bright arcs, flames, and sparks.

It’s difficult to achieve good photographic results under actual welding conditions, but these are excellent.

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Examples of this book’s project plans grouped into three categories:

For your shop – Set up your workshop with items that will last a lifetime.

  • Rolling welding curtain
  • Portable welding table
  • Grinder stand
  • Welding cart with cylinder rack
  • plus 3 more shop projects

For your home – Create useful and decorative items for your home

  • Coffee table base
  • Wine rack
  • Etagere (a piece of furniture with open shelves for display)
  • Room divider
  • Nesting tables
  • Nightstand
  • plus 9 more projects for the home

For your garage and yard

  • Trellis
  • Patio bench
  • Gazebo
  • Arch & gate
  • Trailer frame
  • plus 6 more exterior projects

Horseshoe Crafts: More Than 30 Easy Projects to Weld at Home

by Barbie The Welder

Horseshoes are a perfect medium to explore artistic welding.

Readily available new, or used with a nice patina, horseshoes are simple to weld and durable. You’ll find horseshoes easy to handle and store.

Horseshoes are also versatile for welding projects. If you can imagine something, chances are that you can make it out of horseshoes.

Make engaging welding projects purely for decoration, or that also serve a functional purpose.

I enjoy items where the use of horseshoes is not apparent at first glance.

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The creative possibilities are limited only by imagination.

Get creative inspiration from a commissioned metal sculptor. The author transformed on-the-job welding skills into a full-time outlet for her artistic expression.

Barbie The Welder shares her talent and inspiration in this welding project book of 30 easy horseshoe craft ideas you can do at home.

Beautiful photographs with step-by-step instructions take you from welder setup to finishing steps. The beginner-friendly projects include:

  • Horseshoe pumpkin
  • Wreath with star
  • Moosehead coat rack
  • Wine and glass rack
  • Horseshoe mug rack
  • Boot hangers
  • Hanging jewelry rack
  • Outdoor ornaments
  • Plus a special section on creating letters and words using horseshoes

Before you go

I know this list of gems can help anyone become a better welder. But the best welding books can’t help unless you read them. So, go ahead—choose one now!

And please leave a comment if you’ve read one of these books, or if you know of an outstanding welding book that should be on this list.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Farm and Workshop Welding: Everything You Need to Know to Weld, Cut, and Shape Metal (Fox...
  • Fox Chapel Pub Co Inc
  • Pearce, Andrew (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
SaleBestseller No. 2
Welding For Dummies
  • Welding for Dummies
  • Farnsworth, Steven Robert (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

What Size Welding Gas Cylinder for MIG or TIG? Argon|CO2

If you’re new to MIG or TIG welding, you may have no idea how much welding you’ll do—let alone how much welding gas you’ll go through.

But you’d probably like to have some sense of how long a welding gas bottle will last before deciding what size cylinder to choose.

I’ll show you how much welding time to expect from the most popular cylinder sizes used by hobbyists. Then you can compare physical dimensions so the bottle will fit your vehicle or welding cart. 

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What is a Tweco® Style MIG Gun?

How many innovative product designs can you name that have lasted half of a century?

In 1969, Tweco Products, Inc. (formerly Townsend Welding Equipment Company) introduced a new MIG assembly design. Tweco’s invention used a single cable to transfer gas, welding wire, and electrical power to the MIG gun. The MIG gun was also a new lightweight, cool-operating design.

Most MIG guns mounted on today’s modern MIG welders follow the fifty-year-old Tweco design. And, many product descriptions include the phrase “Tweco Style” when referring to MIG torches or consumables. Many buyers are left wondering: What is a Tweco Style MIG gun?

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