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  2. Oh, lord no. I was meaning i got the idea of running the plumbing from my NO2 set-up. Not using NO2. Nothing put propane and propane plumbing. 100# for $60, i am guessing i am paying about the same per pound. Is that the price for delivery? Cause my old bones cant see hoisting 100# of propane in and out of the truck every couple weeks. Oh, another thought i just had, i live in suburbia i may not even be allowed a tank that size.
  3. this just brought me back. Yes, the food ties with the ocean for what I miss most. I have some pickled mango my grandpa batched up and sent as well as some chi'guan (salted and cured juvenile rabbit fish). IT IS AMAZING! I have not been back in 13 yrs. Unfortunately there is a drug epidemic that has been plagueing the island for the last 30ish yrs. Those pillboxes are everywhere. I would play on and around them as a kid not understanding the history. pretty wild now that I think back. And there is the story Yokoi a Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle for 25ish yrs after the war had ended and had no idea. Sorry took so long to reply. Life strikes again. Mental illness is a real thing. P.S. I have not touched spam since i left. But I love it.
  4. Try a search on this site, or google, there are videos readily available. I also have manuals for the B, and C if you want to contact me. I have a C you can see working, basically the same as a B but without the traverse mechanism and large anvil. Whereabouts are you?
  5. Again, you need about 4" of coke under your iron and 2" above to consume the ox and get a neutral fire. With proper fire control, and maxing out your firepot, your firepot will only be neutral. with good fire control, you can get a smaller fire and then you will have more than one heat "zone" in your firepot. I have a flat bottomed portable riveting forge, and i can still get my 4" of coke between grate and my iron. and 2" of coke on the top. It has about 4" sides.
  6. The Athens Forge, a member of the Alabama Forge council will meet Sat. May ,25 at 9AM. Our demonstrator for the the day will be John Wayne Taylor from Wetumpka, AL. John is an accomplished smith/machinist with a lot of good ideas. If you can't attend the meeting the demo will be live streamed on Youtube at AFC Athens Forge. There will be tailgate sales and if time, open forge time for AFC members. For directions or other info about Athens Forge, visit, or Athens Forge on Facebook.
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  8. Yes, few days ago. Read 3/4 all ready. Good addition to the others.
  9. No worries;-). The clay behind my apartment seems like it stays about the right consistency straight out of the ground no matter what the weather is doing. There's a filled in spring that keeps it just about right. The building I live in was called the Carlsbad mineral springs and sanitarium back in the thirties. They filled in the spring I don't know when. I've been wondering about sulfur content in the clay. Pnut (Mike)
  10. Yeah, I wasn't taking issue but most folks wanting to work soil make it crazy too wet, even road crews. The word trowel often brigs to mind plastering or masons smoothing mud. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Yes a flat screen didn’t seem to restrict flow much at all. I think I have pretty good mixing so it didn’t offer much benefit either. I was able to stack a few layers over areas of relatively high flow to help even it out and that did seem effective but I think I can accomplish the same thing more efficiently through diffuser design. As for a jet nozzle, using rolled screen in the mixing tube has a dramatic effect on flow and choked the burner. It was no good. As buzzkill says, the vortex-generating inducers seem to be working well to achieve good mix. With a forced-air burner, any drag penalty from mixing screen is easily overcome but with a naturally aspirated burner, it’s questionable. Perhaps with a simpler inducer a single flat screen could offer a meaningful benefit. I do have a plain metal funnel that I’d like to try as an inducer at some point. Edit: it’s also worth pointing out that my screen was generally in an area where the flow had expanded and therefore slowed. So it should have less restriction there than in the mixing tube where flow is faster. In a ribbon burner it seems you can use a large turbulence like impacting the plenum at 90° like Frosty likes. Not so much with a jet burner as the velocity seems more important there?
  12. Frosty, I'm talking about a garden trowel. A little spade to change the shape of the fire pot. I should have been more clear. Pnut (Mike)
  13. I'd picked up a surplus 286 when the C128 was hot then bought a 386-33. WooHOO! What does "C: (enter)" tell you about programmers? The death of my last 1541 and it's unavailability was what convinced me to go with IBM platforms. Apple was WAY too expensive and restrictive, still is. Just TRY cracking the case and installing a SCSSI card on an Apple motherboard. When I installed a Bernoulli disk drive I was styling. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. Check with your local propane dealer and get a used 100# tank. Then take that to a welding supply store that does exchange programs with the bottles. I get 100# of propane for just over 60 bucks. That's about 1/3 of the price I was paying with the grill sized bottles...
  15. Finial scrolls are NOT the place for scroll tongs, you're just turning 1/4"-1/2" and rolling it tight. That's over the edge to start and finish on the face, takes seconds. Twisting a taper isn't easy to get right. Practice practice practice. Frosty The Lucky.
  16. Sorry if my question seemed rude. It looked to me like a round taper at the top in your first picture. A uniform twist on a taper is a hard thing to do. Keep working on it and you'll be knocking out cool hooks in no time!
  17. Yes, you need to cover your work with fuel, it insulates against ambient air so your work can heat faster and for less fuel. The other reason is keeping air off the hot steel, mix hot steel and the oxy in ambient air makes scale. Yes? About using a trowel to make a JABOD, do NOT make mud, it takes to long to dry and shrink checks as it does. Just enough water that you can pack it hard with a mallet or similar is plenty. While I've never made a JABOD I've burned plenty of wood and charcoal to heat steel. I've never waited to light the fire, I tamp it hard, do any final shaping I wish and light it up, damp soil packed hard doesn't shrink check. The closest I've come to a JABOD is a pile of dirt on an old kitchen table. I just shoveled a pile, scooped and tamped then built the fire. Once you get the hang of managing a fire you'll discover they all work about the same with minor variations. Using wood is probably the most trouble, corn ain't bad at all. Frosty The Lucky.
  18. Just as long as you didn't pull the temper out of the anvil face, we're cool.
  19. I've done some forging IN the fire, literally. I rigged a torch so the flame horizontal was maybe 1/2" - 5/8" above the anvil face. It worked alright but when I learned how to do that process correctly I stopped needing heat right there. Yeah, yeah, I know I didn't say what I was trying to do, I don't want new guys thinking it's a good way to do things. It works, makes intuitive sense but is completely unnecessary. So I list it as a BAD shortcut to knowledge and practice based skill. Nah, I'm not afraid of the echoing laughter I'd deserve. If I didn't like making people laugh I wouldn't say so many silly things but it needs to have a gooder purpose than the above. Frosty The Lucky.
  20. Welding Rod; your Anvil is a Trenton, (though some Arm and Hammer anvils have the caplet indentation too; Postman theorized that they shared bases at times as they were both in Columbus Ohio.)
  21. As these were made in a factory the 3 is probably a part number so assembling one they could grab the right one for the size they were building.
  22. I think C1TS is suggesting that the actual forging takes place somewhere other than in the fire.
  23. Welcome aboard Lightbulb, glad you're on. Meet up with local IBA members, you'll learn more in an hour working with an experienced smith than days of trying to figure it out yourself. Take anything you see online with a grain of salt, Youtube allows anybody to post a video regardless of expertise so you see stuff there that's most often wrong sometimes downright dangerous. There's a section of IFI that links videos we've vetted. There are excellent instructors posting good videos but until you've learned enough to sift the wheat from the chaff you'll need someone to screen the junk. We LOVE pics: shop, equipment, tools, projects, kids, scenery, heck there's a subsection for shop pets. Videos not so much, it's a world wide site with members in more than 150 countries, lots are on dial up connections and paying for bandwidth so we try to minimize file sizes. There's an excellent link for working with Iforge for maximum goodness but I can never seem to find where I saved it. I'm like that my memory is screwy, it's a TBI thing. Again, glad to have you. Frosty The Lucky.
  24. FYI, Indiana Blacksmith Association (IBA) conference is coming up the next weekend at Tippon County Fairgrounds. Check out their website. I plan to be there Saturday, June 1st! Not sure where your at in IN, but they have satellite groups all around the state.
  25. Lump charcoal. You can make your own pretty easily in a fifty five gallon drum. The briquettes won't work very well. Lots of fire fleas floating around and there's a lot of additives in briquettes. The box stores sell lump charcoal until you can get to making your own. Look up semi direct charcoal making and there's plenty of videos online. Pnut (Mike)
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