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  2. How thick? The other bigger question is why do you want a swage block? I have had one for over 20 years and have yet to use it.
  3. Love the way Alexandr makes those scrolls flow. So easy on the eye. There's no end to this man's talent.
  4. I have 2" of kaowool coated with about 3/8" of KOL. 1/2" should be sufficient since you're covering 2.5" of brick. And since you're going to be coating the KOL, 1/2" should be fine. But definitely take some advice and get an extra bag just to be safe. I ordered 2 bags for when I relined my forge, and I'm glad I did. I didn't have to dip into the second bag, because I went thin on the roof of the forge, but I would have been SOL had I needed to up my thickness at all.
  5. Actually you did add value to the discussion. That is always listen to the Mrs. when driving. My wife read that and said see I'm not the only one who says slow down.
  6. This is why I love Sound advice given freely, whether it’s from Alaska, Australia, Texas... Man I think you fellas are all great. Can you tell I’m working down in London for a couple of months and missing my forge, my sheep, my dogs, my kids and Mrs Macleod? Even more heartbreaking is I couldn’t drive down this time as I snapped a coil spring in my good car just seconds after Mrs MacLeod told me to slow down. However, the silver lining to that cloud is I can try making a graver out of a section of it when I go back up. Sorry, just realised I added no value here at all to the discussion. My current swage block is made out of a bit of 6 by 6 fence post, good for making wee shovels but the smoke gets in your eyes. oh! The bit that’s heartbreaking about the car is that I usually cram it full of any good iron I can get at car boot sales and the like down south and take it home. I only have a 20kg allowance on the big silver bird.
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  8. That's actually an excellent example of what I'm talking about. Black Bear Forge is well known among blacksmiths who watch youtube. Unless your primary income comes from selling stuff to internet blacksmith voyeurs, it's not a marketing plan to follow. Even if it was, consider the predicament you'd be in. Your audience is mostly comprised of people who's primary interest is in making the thing you're selling, themselves. If so, it might be a good idea to sell plans for your projects like the TV craft shows do. Also, please consider how much work he's put into his videos on youtube. I've watched hours of them and it's clear that he puts a lot of effort into them. That's tons and tons of work to "teach" Google that "Black Bear Forge" is different from a similarly named maple syrup purveyor in Vermont. I made that up about the maple syrup company in Vermont, then just for fun, I googled to see if it existed. It does! To give credit where due, Black Bear Forge has been at this for thirty years. Odds are excellent that internet search terms weren't a consideration the day he started. Thirty years ago, most people didn't have five T.V. channels, let alone cell phones, call waiting, or affordable long-distance phone service. Print ads were about the only way to cheaply access customers across the country. When you were paying for every single letter of your ad, it made more sense to communicate efficiently. I suspect this is why businesses of my youth identified their purpose in all their advertisements. Businesses who named themselves "XYZ Forge" had to list off their actual products so people would have a reason to contact them. Think about that for a second. Even thirty years ago, businesses had to pay extra in advertising just to offset the word "forge"! Today, people use smart phones for everything. Little smudgy screens with tiny keyboards make it hard to type. Autocorrect, auto fill, voice search, and keyword ads all work against you if your business name is poorly chosen. Search engines are the arbiters of who get's found and who doesn't. At best, they are capricious, at worst, the search results will sabotage your business. In contrast, if you take the time to research the most popular search terms that customers use to access a business like yours, you'll likely discover that there are plenty of terms that virtually nobody is using for their business name. That would get you on the first page of every search engine with zero advertising cost.
  9. A lot depends on the kid and where they grew up. Many times a farm kid is running a $200,000 + combine and working the the field all day long before he can get a drivers license. They can take care of the farm animals, give then shots, worm them, and etc, This includes animal husbandry from conception to delivery. Each kid is an individual and when given the opportunity, they will surprise you.
  10. Have you thought of incorporating a rotating base for the mattress, here in the US we would call such things a "Lazy Susan".
  11. My eyes crossed and smoke was coming out of my ears just reading that ! Is 1/2" thickness sufficient on top of 2 1/2" soft bricks? I'm going to coat the KOL with Metrikote, by the way.
  12. And remember in the USA you can't sign away your rights to a lawsuit; (IIRC), it can just make the process more difficult. (and of course a Minor's waiver has to be signed by a Parent.)
  13. I'm sure you could google something like "waiver for minor dangerous activity" or maybe even blacksmithing. Most wavers are just the same thing with key words changed out. Just realized that may come out like a "minor dangerous" activity. But you get the gist.
  14. Does anyone have an example waiver for a minor? I'd love to see an example. Thank you!
  15. One difficulty in calculating is that the area gets smaller the thicker you make a coat; also, the corners would represent overlap so you overestimate. But let's use those dimensions to reach a conservative number. Each wall is 7x12, so that is 84 in^2. Four walls means you have a surface area of 336 in^2. Let's go with a round number for density of 100 lb/ft^3 (as reported by a few places online). To cover 336 in^2 with one inch of thickness requires 336 in^3. That's the amount (in volume) you need for each inch of thickness. KOL is generally sold by weight, so we need to convert from in^3 to ft^3 and then multiply by density. There are 12*12*12 in^3/ft^3, so 336 in^3 is 0.194 ft^3, and once multiplied by the density we have 19.4 lb per inch of thickness in your forge. Wayne sells 5 lb. bags, so you would get about 1/2" of thickness out of two bags. My experience with KOL is that I was glad I bought extra.
  16. You must have been misinformed, jwmelvin.................I don't have enough toes and fingers to do that kind of math, but thanks anyway. To the other questions: I'm building a forge that will end up with a 7"x7"x12" interior. (after I apply the 2 1/2" soft firebrick to all the walls.) Wayne Coe says I need 2 "bags" (no comment on weight) at $15 each to coat a Freon tank forge.................but I've explained to him several times that's not what I'm building. I'm just trying to figure out how "far" the two bags he's offering will go in coating the inside of my forge. I'm trying to find the coverage in how many square inches at what thickness.
  17. Or too embarrassed when they found out how bad the information they were promagulating was to show up again under that name.
  18. That's a good idea. There is an old grill in the garage over there.
  19. Yes, I'm using my printed inducers, but haven't used them much (just haven't had time so far) and heat has been a problem. Most significantly, the few times I had the flame burn back in the mixing tube, things heated up very quickly. I haven't noticed that radiant heat is an issue but I only ran the jet nozzle a couple times and now I'm focusing more on the ribbon nozzle. I do think that will be better for heat isolation. My plenum and mixing tube assembly is quite long by others' standards. Plastic inducers are hardly a viable long-term solution, but they have enabled me to experiment and get to know the components a bit. I'd like to cast in aluminum like AFB, though it will be my first attempt at casting, and will have to wait until I build a melting furnace as I don't think my forge is large enough to put a crucible in. I have tried to keep my designs favorable to casting, with the eventual goal in mind.
  20. Anybody here really think Fred PEPSI(?) is doing anything but messing with us or maybe is a youngster? Frosty The Lucky.
  21. The density is listed as 95 to 105 lb/ft^3, so you should be able to figure it out from there.
  22. I put mine on a modified propane BBQ cart, (removed the old grill and added a steel plate where it was, installed better wheels and a solid axle, cross bracing for rigidity, etc.) So it's still pretty easy to wheel around.
  23. Yeah, I know I could easily make the hole smaller for a regular burner I'm just not sure if one burner would be sufficient enough for it, unless it was a big burner. Which is another thing. Has anyone ever seen a regular burner scaled up that big? Would it have to be forced air at that point? If so would it be best to just get one made for ribbon style for the many little flames apposrd to one big one. I was also think that I'd probably use at least 3 1" layers of kaowool since it's so big, I definitely don't need all that space. At first I was concerned about how big and heavy it is but I also think it can be an advantage in that it isn't going anywhere unless I want it to.
  24. "Pulwar" is the Afghan version of the "tulwar" or "talwar"; see: and
  25. That reminds me, I need to make a new pair of bolt tongs
  26. Shouldn't that be "frankengrind"?
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