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  2. Mikey98118

    HELP!!

    Your tuning is fine; I'm looking at a great flame.
  3. Any idea what this is? Found in a field in Indiana.
  4. Now you are making me hungry. I loved the red rice and coconut candy. I haven't been back. It was 91 when I left. Utah, 5 hours away. Small world.
  5. The 2000 issue of Anvil Magazine had an article by Robert Heath about Bob Patrick and his three methods to forge barrels (blackpowder).
  6. (1) High alumina kiln shelves are seven time more insulating then hard clay firebricks; but they are still a solid refractory, and therefor something of a heat sink; how much depends on how thick. (2) I make general recommendations based an the average burner; well tuned enough to produce a neutral flame and to finish combustion before leaving the forge interior. Too answer any more questions I would have to read that postage stamp drawing; it wou not enlage.
  7. Thanks for the link. I didn't come across that particular one in the limited research I did into the history of the building I live in. I thought I was going on info from the proverbial horses mouth. A gentleman about 85 yrs old told me about the "spring" and it being filled in. The railroad drainage is still there so that explains the damp conditions. There's a newer storm run-off drain back there somewhere too. Any how I was worried about sulfur just because as I'm sure you know it's not good for steel and here in northern KY. not too far from here is big bone lick state park. There's mineral springs there and they're mainly sulfur springs. I wasn't too worried as you can smell the springs at big bone from quite a distance and I can't smell sulfur here. It did cross my mind because it's specifically detrimental to hot steel. I'm not sure why that link doesn't pop up when I searched for info on the history of the building. Maybe the difference between Bing and Google. I use Bing usually. Thanks for the link I don't want to tell the old fellow he's wrong because he won't believe it and I don't want to put him off or offend him which I'm sure it would. I will tell him If I can catch him alone. I don't want to do it in front of anyone. I don't want to embarrass him or be disrespectful. Thanks Pnut (Mike)
  8. Burak, Steve, Thomas and Jennifer...thanks for pointing out the preheat on hi carbon steels. I was not aware of that, good to know!!
  9. Maybe; These burners can be finicky about the slightest gas like in the fuel system. But if your burner develops problems do to fuel leaks, then you can use solder, silver braze, or form of gasket seal to stop the leak. Use three air intakes.
  10. Jizzle69

    HELP!!

    Update slowly wearing that back and finally got my ledges put on for brick doors on each end. Does it being closed make a difference on tuning? But here's what it's at now
  11. Hi All, I posted a while back in the Intro forum and about my JABOD but I thought it was about time I joined the list here! I'm from the southside of Brisbane (actually, technically in Logan), in Daisy Hill. Just starting out. My original plan was to jump straight into knife making but I took some of the advice I read on here and I'm building up my basic blacksmithing skills first. I'm really glad I did, I'm loving it!!! I just need one of the following, either: 1. a more efficient way to burn charcoal in my JABOD (going through too much, too quickly) 2. coke instead of charcoal (with a taller fire bowl and a smaller fire ball I gather it will use less fuel) or 3. to build a gas forge (I WILL do this but it will be a little more long term) SOO much to learn! Anyone else in south east QLD that I can bother? Cheers, Jono.
  12. Old Crew

    Forges 101

    My questions are : 1 Mike mentioned in 1 of his posts to use as thin of a kiln shelf as possible for the floor. Why? 2 In the forges 101there is a post stating the volume capacity of 3/8 and each size larger burner . Is this based upon standard burners Mikes burners or Frosty T burners . Are the volume numbers still applicable to Frosty or others NARB burners. 3 With forge shape above what would you more experienced Curmudgeons recommend for burner placement and burner type (still contemplating pine ridge burners, not sure if I want to build my own NARB or just build Frosty T burners) 4 What am I forgetting/ doing wrong with this design ? I am planning to have front and back doors and a chimney . Thanks for all of the info and research done by you experienced guys (you know who you are)! David
  13. If you really want to flatten the steel with precision, as a professional knifemaker, use a surface grinder. You can buy an old industrial one, to save money. To take it to the next level, you can replace the grinding wheel with a 2x 72 belt design, so you can mix and match belts to your 2 x 72 belt sander. As a hobbiest, you don't need any of that to get started.
  14. Look good to me too, just adjust the jaws to fit the stock you are using.
  15. What grade stainless? I made a steak turner out of ss (dont know what type) but it seemed like mild steel to forge. Is it 450 as in yz450 or wr450, ? the only sensible choices....
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  17. Old Crew

    Forges 101

    I am a Newbie as such I have questions. I am building my first forge. To preface I have some character flaws which stem from my background. I can be very anal about things at times. I also am a firm believer in more / bigger is better ! I have been a welder for decades , I have a steel fab and erect business . I am German , born in Germany raised in Oregon and have lived in Texas for the last 20+ years. To sum it up I have proper German anal sensibilities mixed with a large dose of "everything is bigger in Texas" Before I found this site I had started planning to build my first forge out of hard fire brick with a counter weighted and hinged lid so that the entire top lifted up easily the interior dimensions were going to be 12" wide by 9" tall by 36" deep. It would have a modest 2.25 cubic foot volume ( 3888 cubic inches ) with a removable baffle at 2/3 of the depth and 2 Pine Ridge ribbon burners 1 small and 1 large. I figured that would take care of all my needs with 1 Forge. I (my wallet) am VERY thankful that I found this site. Soooooo after reading all of the ribbon burner pages all of the forge 101 pages and many other pages from the burner section and others. I have decided that maybe the forge I was planning was to big. ACCEPTING this caused me PAIN , mentally , emotionally (as much as can be for Germans) and Physically, My stomach still hurts from typing it for the whole world to see! After several round s of denial and finally acceptance I was back to the drawing board. My round 2 thoughts after some of this helpful reading , was starting with a 16" by 36" tank lined with kaolin-wool and castable and D shaped with an elevated floor still with 2 burners. It would have a vertical sliding baffle made from 1" kiln shelve at the 2/3 point. This sliding baffle could pinned a certain heights if needed. This would have given me 1 chamber of 690 cubic inches , 1 chamber of 1380 inches and with the baffle raised 2070 cubic inches or 1.2 cubic feet. Still big but not Texas Big. After continued reading on this forum I found myself asking why so big? So after much painful down sizing I decided to draw another trough sketch and try to get some feed back. This is my round 3 basic shell sketch . I have a 12" by 24" tank as the starting point with the kaowool ,kastolite , K26 brick and kiln shelve I am left with about 30 cubic inches per linear foot of forge
  18. ..proper depth also depends on whether or not you are forge welding.
  19. Coke needs a constant airflow to keep it going. If you are using a hand crank blower, coke is not suggested.
  20. Good Morning, Dawson Start by learning how to Forge by hand Hammer. If you start with a Power Hammer, you are going to have a huge pile of RUBBISH. A Power hammer does'nt teach you how to control what you are doing. To get the benefit from a Power Hammer, you need to know how/what Hand Control is first. To start, you need to get to 1st base first!!! Blades come later, after learning how to Forge, first. Neil
  21. Completed my first blacksmithing job in approximately 30 years and made a number 8 branding iron but I had a problem getting the coke to burn any ideas on solving this problem
  22. Good Morning, Propane Tank freezing means you are drawing more than the surface of the Liquid can deliver. Simple, join 2 or 3 bottles together, just need a couple Tee's and a couple hose adapters, still use one regulator. By doing this, you increase the surface area of the liquid Propane, you cut your draw from each bottle in half or in thirds. Did you ever wonder why Drywallers have up to 6-100lbs tanks hooked in together, trying to dry the drywall mud. Same theory!! Look at a Residence or a Business that uses Propane, the big tanks are on their side. Lots of surface area = lots of draw. Neil
  23. Good Morning, Floor Wax, paste, is easy to procure and easy to keep. If you spill any on the floor............ Makes a good semi-gloss finish on ironwork. Easy to touch up. Dip the warm parts in the Wax container and wax goes into all the corners. When it cools down, it is a paste again. Neil
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