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  2. Yes; that is almost exactly what it would be; the difference is that the ceramic fiber has better insulation numbers at lower temperatures. At forge temperatures the numbers are neck and neck
  3. Just above the stone weight stamp 3-0-12 or on the other side, there may be remnants of the manufacture stamp if I remember correctly Peter Wright and others also had Solid Wrought stamped in them too. Try dusting that area with a little flour then wipe it off to see if that brings anything up. A picture of that area will help. The hardy hole looks to be worn in using hardy tools that had a rounded base.
  4. Going to imbibe enough to gyre and gimbol? Frosty The Lucky.
  5. I’m just going to go hang out in the wabe with the borogoves
  6. Morgan K26 are not soft bricks; they are NOTHING like the typical foamed clay bricks that fall apart from thermal cycling. MORGAN k26 bricks are hard clay, which has been so filled with holes by steam that there isn't a lot of solids to be carved away; what remains is just as hard as ever.
  7. When I said pool, I was speaking of "k style " baffles, which are an older design that Hiram Maxam (the patented inventor of the gun silencer, and the car muffler as it were) used in his original design. I apologize for not specifying that. That baffle system is a series of stacked cones with a hole through the very center which allows the projectile to pass through, and also the gasses to move from one chamber to the other, slowing the explosive gas and mixing it with a colder and contained atmosphere. I now remember reading that you had tried steel wool already, so I'll disregard that idea as useless.
  8. What do you use the foil for? You’ve got my curiosity piqued.
  9. Thanks guys - agreed that the hardy hole does look a bit rounded. Have inherited it and just trying to find out some history. It was purchased in Dorset about twenty years ago. It does ring and the hammer rebounds but I’m know expert. I’ve been on google and I thought it might be a Peter Wright?
  10. What would cause that to happen? We're talking a small diameter tube about 8x as long with a substantial volume of flow. How would anything pool in the tube? Are we using the same definition for "pool?" Packing the tube with steel wool doesn't work, tried that decades ago. In a gun burner maybe. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Biggundoctor, not quite, if you head south on the 15 and turn west at Jean, go through the hills I’m in Sandy Valley, about 10 miles past goodsprings. Nice and quiet out here.
  12. Wait a moment... How would packing the mixing tube with stainless wool fair?
  13. That makes total sense actually, I wasn't even thinking of a ribbon burner when I posted that, much less the NARB. Exciting times. K style baffles might work, but I am somewhat concerned about pooling of propane in the tube. Monolith style baffles should alleviate this.
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  15. Harrumph this is going to the Jub Jub Birds *fast*! I'm going to go talk with the caterpillar of fire by the Mushroom cloud.
  16. Beware the Fumiest Bandermudgeon? Well DUUHH! And I only have a poetic learners permit and nobody is sitting in the passager's seat! Frosty The Lucky.
  17. It seem likely that a twisted ribbon inside the mixing tube of a ribbon burner would end some performance problems in that system. If I were making a NARB, this OPPORTUNITY would not be wasted!!!
  18. We never did buddy burners, heck I had to look it up. The closest we came was Sterno. When I was a Scout if you said 20 below it meant you were 20 feet below. -20 f. was a legendary story to be told around the campfire. Growing up in S. Cal. had it's limitations and most of us were city kids. Mother and Dad were rock hounds so we did a lot of camping. Our scout masters were almost all city kids too one of the tests we had to do was make a "fuzz stick" and 1 match fire. I was given a lot of grief for smashing the stick I was given to whittle into a fuzz stick between a couple rocks. My fire was going about the time the other kids had the second curl going. It was one of the only times Dad stood in opposition to the other scout master. Mr. X wasn't going to credit my 1 match fire. Dad lit a wooden match and said go, the stick was smashed and fire laid before it was half burned. I didn't think of many new(ish) things as a Boy Scout but smashing sticks in the back yard used to be one of my amusements, Dad wouldn't let me have my hatchet at home so I couldn't practice lumber jacking. <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  19. Beware the Jabber-vise my son, the jaws that bite, the claws that catch. Beware the Jubjub...I dunno, anvil stand, beware the Frumious Curmudgeonsnatch! Oy...I stretched poetic license too far, and I think I broke it. Does anyone know a good blacksmith?
  20. The way oil burners work is combustion of an energy rich fuel; the downside is built into the upside; it's a package deal Nevertheless, some guys have dealt with the problem by using dual chamber casting furnaces; if combined with a baffle wall at the exhaust port that could work. The better solution is "just don't go there to begin with."
  21. Yeah, Seward is on the Kenai, it's easy to get confused, I have to look at maps frequently to get things straight, it's a BIG place. Ah, the ferry up the inside passage is one of the BEST sight seeing rides there is! While I was exploration drilling for the State the only way to transport the equipment was on a ferry. The only time I've made the run from Haines Ak to Bellingham Wa. was when Deb and I drove her parent's camper van back to them; Her Father had a stroke and flew home so they left the van and prepaid tickets with us. You gotta do these things for family you know, what choice did we have? Glaciers, water falls, whales, forest, cliffs, bird rookeries, seals, sea lions haulled out on the rocks, on and on. It's spectacular and the ferries are sweet rides. Do you remember hitting tidal rapids? There used to be a famous submerged "rock" that caused a really severe whirl pool and sunk a lot of ships. I can't recall the name but the water was always doing weird things around it. The tide wasn't running strong when we sailed that narrows, they time passages so it's close to slack tides. Anyway, it kicked the ferry, Columbia sideways probably 20' like it got hit by a lineman. That rock was removed by the largest chemical explosion on earth. At the time anyway, can't find a URL. I don't know if that was a cow moose, it's a yearling eating slash next to the well casing. the SW corner of the shop would be in the picture today. Moose are the #1 most dangerous thing in Alaska, not counting teen drivers and cell phones that is. You were lucky it only wanted you to keep your distance, if it'd wanted to it would've stomped you into a stain. Kodiak Brown bear, are the largest in the world. Same critter as a grizzly but brownies are coastal and get a MUCH better diet so they get much larger but aren't as aggressive as their hungrier, more competitive inland kin. Funny thing is black bear kill more people than brownies; if a browny attack you you can cover up and play dead, it'll maul you but is unlikely to try to kill you. If a black bear attacks you you have to fight, odds are heavy they'll kill and eat you. Funny eh? The 10' brown monster is scary but the 6' black bear is the man eater. It's easy to screw up dressing caribou, where and when you take one makes a difference too. Hunting season tends to be during migration so they're full of lactic acid and gamey. Native Alaskans have a much wider season and can take them when they're browsing, a few thousand years practice cleaning and dressing them makes a difference . Yeah, there are serious regs for using aircraft to hunt. In the old days they hunted from the air some with wing mounted shot guns or occasionally automatic rifles. I think that was around WWII and not common nor well thought of. Wing mounted shot guns were the norm for thinning wolf packs. Don't wade across streams here, find a place to jump it. A warm stream will make you hypothermic in maybe 5-10 minutes. Some are only liquid because they're flowing fast, shock can have you sucking water in seconds, you don't die of cold you drown. It's the most common type of fatal accident, next to DUI auto wrecks. Ptarmigan or spruce hen are easy hunting. I used to take them with a long stick. Approach slowly waving my left hand slowly to keep their attention and whack them with the long stick in my right hand. If you get them looking away, their necks are arched so they're an easy target on top of their body. Katchup and Pepsi make a good BBQ sauce over a nice smokey alder wood camp fire. Frosty The Lucky.
  22. It feels as though a conflict of personalities has the potential to stalemate what could be a good idea. This reminds me of another industry of which I've invested a large amount of time and money, the firearms industry, more so specifically, the SUPPRESSOR industry. Before any anti gunner rolls their eyes, hear me out. Suppressors, or silencers as their patent is actually called, use baffles of various sorts to expand, slow down, and cool off, explosive gases before they're launched into the outside atmosphere, which is part of which makes gunshots non hearing safe. The other being the action of the firearm, and the sonic crack of the projectile breaking the sound barrier, neither of which the silencer can help... But I digress, back to slowing down fast moving gases, and the mixing effect there of, inside of a tube, or pipe, or whatever other semantics you prefer... I'm going to go look at a few of mine now, and while I'm not going to risk destroying something that cost me a lot of money, a $200 tax stamp and registration there of to the BATFE, I actually don't think it would be hard to create a baffle system that would mix the gasses completely, but I do feel this would be best suited for a forced air system, it WILL slow down the velocity of gasses, and a hunch tells me that's counter productive to NA burners.
  23. Welcome to IFI, jhsmith! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!!
  24. Thank you! I finished up those knives and started a new board for my dad for his birthday.
  25. I understand this is a very old thread. I did a search for Hoover anvil and this is the only thing I found so I will comment. Shoersdaughter said " I went through the shoeing course at Cal Poly in spring 1964, shoersdaughter is correct in what she said Ralph had the anvils cast and they came to the school as rough castings. There was a mill in the shop that was used to flatten the face of the anvil, then the person buying the anvil shaped the horn to their liking with a hand grinder and drilled the Pritchel Holes. Then we had a large gas forge set up outside with built up sides of fire brick. We hung the anvils from chain and a large bar and brought them to cherry red over the gas forge. They were then dunked in brine in a large tank. My anvil also has my name stamped into the side of the anvil, some of us did that and some didn't. Over fifty years of beating on the anvil and the horn is like it was the day it was new. Didn't get quite as good a temper on the face, but it has held up well. I don't know if Doug Butler has the story of this anvil in one of his books or not, but he was at the school when it all took place.
  26. Looks like a fantastic anvil in fantastic condition. I cant remember seeing one with a round hardie hole. Strange. But not the end of the world. Are you intending to use it or sell it?
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