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Steve Sells

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  1. 7 minutes ago, Frosty said:

    . It's cheap enough to make if it were a suitable fuel it'd be in use. You can crack water in a heat exchanger on the exhaust circuit. It recoups waste heat and makes fuel and oxy in the PERFECT ratio, no electricity necessary. 

    Frosty The Lucky.

    I have to disagree with that Frosty, its takes a lot of electricity to crack the bond between Hydrogen and Oxygen and as physics states about the conservation of energy, there is no free ride, it takes more electrical power to crack it than you get from re burning hydrogen. so its neither free nor cheap

  2. Where you have more than 2 tool arms needing a place to live

    I dont waste time retooling the arms, I have them mounted and I change out the arm as one assembly/  Its faster switching back and forth that way

    I am set up with arms for the 10 inch contact, 3 inch contact and slack belt combo arm, small wheel arm, 44 radius platter.  That's 4 arms currently and since only one can be used at a time I have to put the other three arms somewhere when they are not being used.  If this doesn;t make sense to you, then I am not sure I understand your question

    Mine mount on the wall of my shop when not being used, not the grinder

  3. Iron needs to have more than 0.3 to noticeably harden, that isnt going to happen from the heating and carbon monoxide reduction of iron oxide, as you put it

    Iron plus carbon equals steel.

    its either iron or its steel

  4. 13 minutes ago, SLAG said:

    Mr. Sells,

    Are you intimating that bronze is as strong as steel?

    NO but you came close here :


    Iron is as strong as bronze.

    But iron that has been quenched and then tempered, is much stronger than bronze. 


    Ausstinite forms when carbon is trapped in the iron matrix, If no carbon, then no hardening

  5. 10 hours ago, SLAG said:

    But iron that has been quenched and then tempered, is much stronger than bronze.

    Quenched iron is the same as non quenched iron, quenching does nothing to iron

    and tempering has no effect on iron either

  6. Dont forget iron by itself was not more usable than bronze, it was not until steel was created that anyone had a good use for iron,  Raw iron is too soft for most uses and then there is the problem of rusting...

  7. When I started to build my new shop 13 or so years ago, I had already established a relationship with the local code inspector to prevent surprises with fire codes and such.  But I found out the hard way he retired before I finished, when the new guy showed up for the final inspection. I was scared, but the first words out of his mouth were, Wow a side draft forge.... it turned out he was an apprentice smith when younger. so he understood what was a fire risk and what was not,  It passed just fine.

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