So, the short version of the story is, the place I used to use my torch (hothead torch with mapp gas, small container--1 lb) is no longer available to me and I need somewhere else to work.
I rent a teeny apartment with my partner (less than 500 square feet) in a former farmhouse--lots of old, dry wood and probably horsehair or newspaper for insulation. No room for a permanent setup in the apartment. Previously I was using a stripped down ironing board (all metal, cloth & padding gone) to clamp my torch on. I could fold it up when I was done and tuck it in a closet. Is it safe to work in a space like that? Does anyone else work directly inside a living space (i.e. not in a dedicated craft/glass/work room?) Any suggestions for safety? What to move out of the way, what to have on hand, etc?
If not, my budget is too tight to allow me to rent time/space anywhere, so that's out. Any other suggestions? The weather/climate wouldn't allow work outside. I don't have access to the garage, can't construct a structure (temporary or not) and the basement has a furnace or water heater in nearly every corner and is damp and full of spiders (stupid phobias) to boot.
The lampworking bug has bitten me many times over the past few years but now worse than ever. I want to play with glass again!