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  1. Ribbon burners are so not me; it's so not where I want to go; and it is so exactly where I would recommend the average new forge builder to venture forth Any direction you choose, constructing something excellent is going to take time to understand first. But I think the pay off for the investment is likely to end up the best for most people with this design. On the other hand, if we can sweet talk Frosty into a a deeper look into his own burner, ribbon burners could end up with a new rival...
  2. Frosty, It isn't gambling when you own the dice, in every sense of the word. However, we have at placed a toe over the line into religion, which, like politics and sex.turns divisive far too easily. I for one will back off at this point. Heard any good crud missile jokes lately?
  3. Frosty, The "T" as a good-enough burner is a solid concept, which has doubtless helped thousands of people all over the world. However, after seeing one put out such a remarkable flame, I will dare to invert one of your favorite concepts by asking if it isn't possible for the good-enough to occasionally get in the way of the best? there are probably just as many young glass artists who would be every bit as glad to use an upside down "T" burner as a bench torch as there are young blacksmiths who need a quick and easy burner to heat their forges. Eighteen years ago I saw a magic flame coming out of one of my burners, and the rest is history; about that many days ago I saw a very different magic flame coming out of one of your burners. What made both of those flame magic is not to be found in their looks, but in what those looks mean; what unique purposes they can be put to. I hope you pursue your magic flame closely.
  4. If you built your own forge, one of the many things you could control would be shipping costs; by purchasing some materials locally, choosing only light weight materials in others, and by choosing between everyday items at no cost for the steel shell. Bottom line is there are very good reasons most of us build our own forges. Pick your poison; it probably won't kill you after all
  5. I will; my present publisher had to fly back to Florida, and take care of his father, who had a heart attack after undergoing two amputations. He had been holding up the latest reprinting while waiting for a new chapter from me. I have been putting that off while trying to recover enough from the latest stroke to do my own editing and drawings (Spell Check only gets us so far). Some times life resembles a daytime soap in the off season. On the other hand, enough troubles can force a sense of humor. Once we get too hoarse to scream, all that is left is laughter
  6. "Smaller costs less"; but that must be balanced with too small, as Frosty mentioned, quickly ends up collecting dust in a corner by most builders. Numerous people have found the two-gallon forge from a non-refillable Freon or helium cylinder, or a half muffler from a car seems to be made for cutting construction costs to the bone, starting with one of these three choices of free shell. The balance is that you will never stop using the forge, even if you make a second larger one. Next; not everything you wish on, or in, a forge must be purchased in its beginning. Silica rigidizer can be had cheaply, so that you can wait a little while before adding a seal coat to the ceramic blanket insulation; this is available in smaller amounts, which are still large enough for a two-gallon forge. The burner port allows you to make a simpler more economical burner at the beginning; giving you plenty of time before dropping money on tools to make an advanced burner, which you may never need.
  7. eboughton3rd, Fair warning: the first time I say anything about the next printing, dump that book. As soon as people know there are going to be new copies at normal prices again, it will become valued at about $15, if it is in good condition. Mberghorn, Thanks for posting the link; I'm sure lots of folks will find it valuable.
  8. My favorite was the old pocket model oxy-butane torch with the two miniature gas cylinders that they rated at 5000 F. The "oxidizer" in one of the cylinders broke down under the flame's heat, producing 30% oxygen content for the butane to burn on; one third more than air. A butane flame would require 100% oxygen in the other cylinder to maybe get that hot. What was the oxidizer? Nitrous oxide.
  9. The burner in the photo showing the gas fittings and copper tube looks smaller than I would expect; it is a 3/4" burner?
  10. Joe, Lots of people don't want to build their heating equipment. Most of them end up needing to improve on what they buy. I once used propylene for braze welding with my burners, because propane is just too slow outside of a forge. These days, I just keep it on hand "in case". If I ever get time to write a text on oxy-fuel cutting and welding, I will end up using lots of it. In the meantime it gathers dust in my garage, along with the oxygen tank, and box of torches.
  11. Supercharging Forge heat with propylene There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not well known forges will get hot enough to suite buyers. Also there are apparently lots of Canadians who don't want to face heavy shipping charges and import duties to buy American made forges; these legitimate concerns don't need to be a problem. Propylene is a fuel gas that is made in Canada; down here in the U.S. it costs about one-third more than propane, and burns at about one-third higher temperature, so economically propylene in regular industrial cylinders from a welding supply store, should not present an economical hardship. But what advantage doe it provide? Nobody says you need to turn up your burner's gas pressure as high as you as you would with propane; just turn it up high enough to give the forge a little extra heat to do the job you need handled. You will still end up paying less to use this fuel, because it will take a lot less time to do your work. Warning: Don't use propylene at the same gas presure you are used to using with propane, or you may burn up that forge!
  12. In 2006 I counted over 120 different sites offering downloads of the book on line, before giving up counting. Exactly one site wasn't trying to sell some 'service' or other along with it; Is that the one? In any case, please go ahead and post the URL. I have contacted the current publisher, and it will be months before the next printing. I do all my drilling with a cheap little Harbor Freight tabletop drill press; Most of the holes are small enough for it to be slow enough, and hole saws take care of the very occasional larger hole. Harbor Freight also offers a good low cost rotary tool, which I now advise people to use instead of an angle grinder. Twenty some years back, I started replacing stolen tools with this brand, because two-bit thieves can't get anything for them at a pawn shop; therefore they are much easier to keep from disappearing off a construction site. For people who can keep their tools at home, it makes little sense to pay premium prices for tools that are only occasionally employed. Also, most supposedly US made tools are really imports. If we are going to end up with imported tools, why pay domestic prices? I would much rather look the truth in its face, than pay the ignorance tax on comfortable fables.
  13. If someone manages to one-down that, we are all going to be in deep something or other...
  14. Well, maybe it would qualify as a crude missile? Sorry, I just couldn't resist
  15. Duraboard, with a hot-face coating, is the safe bet. It isn't the only bet, but sometimes the old tried and true is the smart play. You can always take a chance on an upgrade the next time around, when you have had enough time for research.