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  2. Thank you, Jeremy, I am considering replacing the 5/16 welded studs with 3/8 carnage bolts threw the body. An additional suport bracket is certainly a good idea. This still leaves the mechanical damage to the liner (the kiln shelf won’t come out threw the door) and the damage from thermal cycling. It also dose not adress the unrigidised k wool and it’s associated dangers
  3. The forge body could be set on a cushion type mount, so direct vibration from the road stops before getting to the forge - could be with some rubber mounts mounted down away from heat effected area.
  4. Currently the ideas on the table are one, buy a reline kit and upgrade the kit with a reflective kiln wash or two salvage what we can of the and go frankenforge...
  5. Charles - re-lining is no big deal - burner mount - is it just mounted with just 2 threaded bolts welded to the forge body(is that what keeps failing?) - no problem weld on support to help hold the gas line end, which will be more stable during traveling down the road to your clients. To much offset weight is hanging off the 2 mounts - a support is all that would be needed.
  6. So on to my delima. Even with replacing the welded 5/16 studs with 3/8 stove bolts and cementing the ends and shelf in place the desighned isn’t very road worthy. Thus it is going to be regulated to the shop and I am going to a side blast coal forge on the truck. But even as a shop forge we can see the damage caused buy thermal cycling, the un rigidised door liner etc. thus I am opening the resurrection of this forge to the ideas from the general membership and the gurus of forge necromancy.
  7. Just starting to learn blacksmithing techniques. Definitely interested in more than just blades. I shall shape all forms in time.

  8. So my proforge is in need of a feline, and the burner assembly needs reattached for the 5th time. So this is a $600+ forge, in witch the cheapest feline kit is $120 (I have seen the forge for $1200 and liners for $500). As one can see, mounting said forge in a truck and hauling it all over is detrimental to this design. Whe I asked the manufacturer about how to beef it up so it would service, I was told not to mount it in a truck... ok, you did sell it as a ferries forge, and 90% of us go to the client.... anyhow. In the forges defense it has a 2” 3 piece liner (tho I belive their is a one piece liner available) with a custom kiln shelf and a bit of k wool under the shelf. Plus the end ports and the door with ports. Tho the door is lined with in rigidised k wool and the forge comes with a wad of k wool to plug the unused end port. So here are the critical Dementions And the burner assembly
  9. As far as which forge to use, I suggest using both. Each has it's own benefits and draw backs. We have both and use the one best suited for the work at hand. If you are set on purchasing a gas forge this thread may help with the decision.
  10. It is common ground, but seldom brought up. Your question is valuable to loads of others making similar decisions.
  11. Thank you; sorry for retreading standard ground.
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  13. I think Mac likes her stirred up, perhaps just so they can make up ;-)
  14. There is nothing I like more than testing a burner's limits; nor anything I'm quicker to do than sand bag my figures heavily when writing up instructions afterward. If other idiots need to jump off the proverbial cliff, this idiot ain't a gonna help them none!!!
  15. Yes; a refractory plug for a burner port (and other openings) not being used is a standard idea of good utility.
  16. After talking to my sister it sounded more like an invasion. I was under the impression we bought them but I was only about five yrs old and was mistaken. The memory is hazy for me but my sister remembers them well. From thesound of it they weren't pets more something that was tolerated. Thinking back on it I don't know why they were never dinner. Pnut (Mike)
  17. So now I'm conflicted. Should this be in 'Show us your blacksmith pets' or 'It followed me home'? It's a little from column A, and a little from column B!! ROFL!!!
  18. Thank you JWMelvin. My Googlefu would not find it.
  19. Forged a few letter openers from some old floor mesh off cuts like the one in the middle. These are the pieces of floor mesh that are cut out around plumbing fittings before the concrete slab is poured. Our builders at work just throw them in the skip bin, so I rescue them, cut them to the size I want and make these. I like recycling stuff.
  20. ....I fear that is over my personal party budget....but if You are around, stop by and lets do a blade together.... ....with rams horn scales, of course Rams horn is tricky and sometimes can be frustrating to work with but it is so beautiful that I challenge the difficulties again and again. .....this man is into ramshorn, he says: " unique in his own way, because every single set up of horns comes with its unique set of problems."...that is the very truth. ....I like the video and I like the guy and his passion and I would like to share it with you guys....let there be horn. Cheers
  21. I talked to my oldest sister last night. She told me how we ended up with the birds. Four or five guineafowl showed up on our property one day out of the blue. When Mom finally figured out who their owners were and tried to return them they wouldn't take them back. They were as close to wild as a guineafowl can be and apparently took over the dooryard and tried to chase everyone away that came around, so the neighbors were happy when the birds made their way to our property. Pnut (Mike)
  22. Mine weren’t for use together, but as alternatives. One at a time. My question was about plugging one port when it’s not used.
  23. Mike, they are not aggressive to us, but they can get a bit cranky with strangers, especially if there are chicks about. A few that my wife hand raised are very friendly and follow her around. We have a few that we put under a bantam and she hatched them out and cared for them. They were almost adult size before they realised they were not chooks and joined the guinea flock. Horse, I agree. Great bug controllers and they give any snake that happens by a hurry-up. Das, your one guinea fowl will be lonely. They really are a flock bird. Pity I can't mail you a few. Frosty, they reproduce at an alarming rate, but survival rate is not good, especially in stormy weather. They are not good mothers. And as for alarming procreation, well the dog gets a bit concerned over the action and attempts to separate them. I guess she believes there's an act of aggression going on. She's the same with the chooks.
  24. Cool. Looks like something a gun smith would come up with.
  25. I like the can forge idea. I will have to try it. As to figuring out the cubic inch capabilities, I will have to build a handful of forges in varying sizes to test that. I have never pushed any burner to it's limits as I would rather plan some head room and know a forge can get hot enough. We have the monster 450 in³ forge with the two 1/2 inch burners which runs very hot but we have not tested it's forge welding capabilities. We run the burners at 5 psi for higher orange forging temperature so I suspect it will forge weld without problems. I tend to like "small" forges so the 1/2 inch burners are my go to but I have functioning 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, and 3/4 inch burners. I guess 1 inch is the next step. Maybe work my way up to 2 inch for all the new guys with the 55 gallon drum forges. Lately it has been mostly nozzle design and learning about investment burnout for the casting.
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