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  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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."
  9. 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.
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  11. 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.
  12. Welcome to IFI, jhsmith! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!!
  13. Thank you! I finished up those knives and started a new board for my dad for his birthday.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. Luckily I am reading this at Lunch...My first summer camp, we were making "buddy burners" out of large tin cans. Our camp counselor was a city boy and was showing people how to build a fire in it by carefully layering up the twigs so tightly no air could get in and it wouldn't light. Me, I scrunched up some small stuff, shoved it in and lit it on the first match. I was cooking before anyone else and kindly shared my, working, cooktop with other campers---for a slice of bacon. Another campout we were surprised with -20 degF weather. I survived till morning in an unhappy state and as soon as it got light I crawled out and started to build a fire. First match I struck and there was a WALL of other campers around me---helped keep the wind off the fire as it was getting started good. Not long after a scout caught the bottoms of his sneakers on fire; very amusing until the heat transferred through to his feet---then EXTREMELY AMUSING! Last Christmas I made a small froe for a couple of my grandkids as they are about the age to start learning about fire; but didn't have any hatchet skills...
  17. When I started cooking on a campfires in Boy Scouts 10? My first lesson learned was SMALL FIRE! It wasn't many outings and I was teaching scouts how to fry an egg, make stew, biscuits on a stick, etc. I discovered you do NOT bury a dutch oven in the COALS first try! ASHES with a few coals underneath and a few on top bakes bread, up the count 2-3 to bake biscuits. Dad appointed me camp cook when we were camping, I cooked he cleaned. Soon Mother turned over the camper stove to me. It's just a knack and I got lots of practice. I didn't realize it till I made "rock" bread with a couple church members present. Whip up some bread dough, flour, salt, oil, yeast, mix and add enough warm water to make dough. Set bowl near enough to the fire to be warm but not hot. Half to an hour proof time and you pinch off balls, roll then flatten and slap it on a rock around the fire. Rock bread. Remove dough from dutch oven where it's been proofing, wipe it down with bacon drippings, etc. and get it smoking hot WHILE you kneed the dough ball with flour covered hands the smoosh it into the HOT dutch oven evenly put the lid on add a FEW coals and check in maybe 20 minutes. Didn't know I was making a version of what humans have been eating since they discovered ground dried grass seed and water makes bread. It was standard fare for the Roman Legions and if you leave out the yeast you're eating like Hebrews on the Exodus. The old way to leaven bread was to leave the dough often a wet mix that was later thickened with more flour containing salt and oil. Anyway, given a couple few hours enough yeast would settle on the dough to make a sponge and you had bread dough. I don't know why they didn't save some to use later or maybe the Hebrews on Exodus just didn't have an hour to let the dough rise. Yest is EVERYWHERE, It's what you're polishing off an apple to make it shine, rub an apple with flour or better yet, float one in your proposed sponge, yeast LOVES sugar and flour. Grapes are loaded with yeast that's why you only need to crush or press the juice out of them to make wine. Desert was apple slices and juice in the dough with a little cinnamon. Doesn't need sugar, apples are sweet enough especially if you crush the juice out of one. I've never roasted anything more elaborate than: rabbit, spruce hen, ptarmigan, small game. Much as I'm no fan of ketchup Pepsi and ketchup makes a darned good BBQ sauce. go figure. I'm getting carried away. Rest your eyes. Frosty The Lucky.
  18. My experience is much like Dan's, I think I've mentioned sifting the aggregate out of Kastolite and rodding it between the crayons. I vibrated it aggressively AFTER getting the refractory to the bottom of the molds. The vibration causes small aggregate to settle into spaces and voids between larger aggregate and corners AND causes air bubbles to rise to the surface. The mechanics of vibrating a concrete in this manner is to literally cause liquefaction so the mix can flow downwards and bubbles and excess moisture can be driven up and out. Rodding down is an art, too much force can make things worse, the aggregate particles are all crushed material so they WILL key together and form bridges and caverns with the spaces where material may flow in to fill them blocked by smaller particles keying together. Rod gently, if it fights you, STOP and go to vibration or a mallet. A mallet should be applied laterally, no more than one or two HORIZONTAL blows on each side. Do NOT work opposite sides, work around the mold 90* impacts do a better job of dislodging key'd particles. Getting good flow of refractory into the mold is my main concern with using lots of small outlets in the same size burner face. You're getting darned good results Dan, what sieve size are you using? I just used a kitchen colander. Frosty The Lucky.
  19. The dental burrs are great in Dremel tools/
  20. Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!! Please add your location to your profile settings; where you are in the world may have some bearing on what makes of anvils are typically available locally. That said, you have an interesting anvil there. Possibly made in or near Sheffield, England some time in the 19th century. The face looks like it's in good condition, although the hardy hole looks oddly rounded. The weight stamp would indicate 348 lbs new, which is pretty beefy. So long as the ring and the rebound are good, that's a pretty darn good anvil, and you can't beat the price.
  21. It almost looks like a torch cut that's been filled in. But that could just be my imagination.
  22. Can you find something similar to what you want to build that is doing quite well and use it as a model to evaluate materials against?
  23. Hi all, my grandad gave me his old anvil today and I have no idea what make it is. Can anyone identify it for me? I’ve attached some pictures. I wire brushed it to get rid of all the rust
  24. thank you for the valuable suggestions, an engineer friend of mine suggested me to use for the frame structure instead of the profiled H-beam metal tubes at least 100 mm in section, he believes very tenacious and light what you think? today the sirocco wind from the African desert is blowing at more than 100 / km / h has broken some torn up trees billboards damaged roofs, I have to evaluate the structure of the supporting frame and the anchoring base, I think we need large concrete plinths, what do you think you? thanks anyway for some valuable advice, I will certainly treasure it, thanks
  25. A guy my dad served with gave me a rack of bull moose antlers, I had them forever until my mom donated them to the hope harbor... he was always giving me moose and caribou , bear jerky... my dad shot a bull caribou somewhere they flew out to, the meat was too gamey to eat, we didn't know how to properly prepare it like the natives... he flew to Kodiak island got dropped for 7 days with 2 guys he worked with and bagged a grizzly, also got a black bear on a different trip, they never used a guide...they just got dropped and picked up 7 days later... you know they got hunting rules about the way you fly in on bull hearts and can t land a certain distance from them, can t hunt them for a certain AMOUNT of time from landing... any how, he never took me, we did go after one while picking blueberries, and the rivers we crossed going up this mountain were fast and ice cold... we did go on a tarmagan hunt by tarmagan lake I think it was... was it tarmagan, that they used to call stupid chickens? We fished them king salmons out of goose creek plenty, big 45 lb kings, we took our gear to the truck and came back for our catch on the bank and a bear had taken them we, seen him across the river... also fished the humps, pink hump back salmon... I got one of those mounted... my old man got his grossly and black bears rug mounted with the heads still full, and the skulls sat on our table in the gun room, someone stole the skulls out of packing during the move.
  26. Common problem, a wealth of fixes. I have noticed that blacksmithing tends to enhance folks creativity and problem solving skills as there is generally not "one way" to accomplish things and smiths are encouraged to work on "local optimization". (The smith that used a monkey to crank his blower is a good example---I hear they work for peanuts!)
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