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  1. Re curving a door on a pig roaster

    Just tried a weed burner. Hoping it will be my friend. Trying not to build a fire if I don't have to. Waiting for the door to cool before I take the binder off. I am assuming no quench.
  2. Re curving a door on a pig roaster

    It is too bad for a latch to bring it in. I have some tension on it with the ratchet. Going to heat it and hope for the best. Thanks guys. Going to be a great cooker when we finish it
  3. Re curving a door on a pig roaster

    Thanks Charles. I do have access to a rose bud oxy acetylene you think I can spread the heat well enough with that?
  4. My neighbor and I are building a pig cookerfrom a propane tank. When we cut the door the lid sprung and we are struggling to get it back in place. Anyone have any ideas about how to shape it to match the profile?
  5. Welcome to the to the forum. I will be the first probably not the only person to encourage you to put your location in your profile settings.
  6. The Amish? Farm, flea market auction, blacksmith shop? Just curious how one tools around the Amish.
  7. I work for and with auctioneers that do not use a buyers premium. My mentor swears he will never and considers it a blight on the industry. It is my opinion that auction houses that hold weekly auctions that must maintain a site every day struggled with the entire load being on the seller. On low ticket items the seller is often coughing up as much as 30 percent of the final bid. Most work with a sliding scale. I hate the buyers premium but can in some ways understand how we got there. And to answer your question the would be mad at you. They just would t take your bid.
  8. I have been an auctioneer for about 40 years. Most houses are relatively honest depending on what you consider honest. If the auctioneer has a minimum bid to work with you can be fairly certain thAt there will be bids coming from the air until the bid at least gets close to the minimum. If the minimum is not met the auctioneer can declare a "no sale" but more likely puts the item back on the sellers number and no one knows. In reputable houses if the seller buys it back they will pay a fairly handsome no sale fee. A good auctioneer will always have a "first ask" that is what he or she would view as a best price for the item,. They nearly always then work down until the find money or are what they call hooked on. I believe that bidding quickly and with confidence can sometimes keep some would be bidders out of the mix. Bid till your done and quit.
  9. Swage Block Necessity

    My comment is not totally related to this thread but I have not forgotten an event that happened maybe 20 years ago. I was at an auction and the auctioneer walked up to a beautiful old swage block and called it hunk of steel. I bought it for 20 dollars. I only owned it for about 15 minutes as a person rushed up to me and insisted that a neighbor had sent him to buy the swage block. I was not smithing at the time but knew I had something of value. I sold it to him for 120 dollars. I am still kicking myself for letting him have it. I am not sure what it weighed but it was all I could do to pick it up and get it on the tail gate of my truck. I now have a junker cast iron one that I get a bit of use out of. A lot older now and a little bit smarter.
  10. Horse shoes with Borium

    i suppose one should say no economic or practical justification for keeping horses that are seldom used. I would feel incomplete without them. Will have a pair for as long as I can afford to properly keep them. Notown the Fryeburg fair can't be too far from you. Have you been there? It is on my list for sure. I have heard great things about the draft horse and oxen that compete there.
  11. Horse shoes with Borium

    So on point with horses. I have little patience with people that move a whole barn corral, stuff around so the horse always has the clear path. They truly need to learn to move around us. Watching a good farrier "get around" a horse is a thing of beauty. Mutual respect with the farrier in charge is what makes it work. In my case a horse well over ton needs to know when and where to step away.
  12. Horse shoes with Borium

    Yep wheelers out of a pretty decent hitch in its day.
  13. Horse shoes with Borium

    Das. That makes sense to me little bits imbedded. Too bad too as I got a bunch of shoes off of some big ole pulling horses. Charles I have a team of Belgian geldings. Way too big. Will never buy another pair of 18++ draft horses. In my late sixties now and that harness feels like it has doubled in weight in the last decade. Also a nice little Haflinger for the grandkids. He is a goodun. Qtrx Philly for my wife to ride. She never does. Mostly they all stand around and eat us out of house and home. I use the team for parades, family trots down the road and haul some manure from time to time. No real justification for these critters is there?
  14. Horse shoes with Borium

    I believe it to be copper or brass can't tell for sure without heating them again. The one thing I know is that I felt like I had all of that junk off the shoe and when I hit it I was surprised to see the marks on the anvil. Not a big deal on the anvil as I caught it quickly. I feel like the best advice is to continue to seek clean shoes I do know a lot of people in the draft horse world the problem is most of the are tight wads like me and don't pitch a shoe until they are plumb wore out. Thanks for the advise I think taking off as much as I can and then Welding those faces is a good concept By the way Charles. I lurk far more than I post. I learn more that way. At any rate I have a great respect for what I believe you know about horses and their feet. thank you for your kind and patient contributions to this site. Seems like if we ever met we could have a great conversation about the "foot" on a horse.
  15. Horse shoes with Borium

    Thanks Thomas that is a good suggestion, but will likely see to see if I can remove all Borium before I hit it. Or look for shoes without the stuff. It was quick to see that it needs to be gone before hitting it. That tungsten stuff must be very hard.