Charles R. Stevens

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About Charles R. Stevens

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    Bradley Oklahoma
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    Horses, horse drawn equipment, and blacksmithing.


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    Bradley, Oklahoma
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    J.O.T., father, son and freind
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  1. As a user of old simple steel knives, green scotchbrite pads have kept mine in fighting trim, and don’t use the modern ultra fine hard stones as they won’t cut worth a dang, the blades tend to be softer than modern stainless. If you are concerned about contaminants trapped under the scales dip them in hot wax then wipe the excess off. It will penetrate the gaps and seal them with out damaging the scales. They will have bit of a patina, and as far as home butchering goes, let’s take a page from your large animal vet who dose surgery in a sunny feild. It’s cleaner than many a surgical suit (no resistant staph living there) so a set of good knives washed with soap and rinsed in good clean water used on one cow are a lot less likely to transmit anything (especialy from a grass fed beef) than a set of power equipment at a slaughter plant that cuts up 500 steers between cleanings...
  2. Yep, everything has been well West and north of us. Thank the gods
  3. Slag may correct me but it’s a liability issue if the post doesn't break away. Many man thinking he was going to teach the local miscrants who like to take ball bats to mailboxes have ended up paying the little brats medical bills and pain and suffering. If the box is on your property it’s not an issue, but if it’s on the public right of way it is. Their are difrent ways to address the break away issue, such as springs, pivoting mounts, weak/shallow cement (or county will use scrap pipe on our back roads with the pipe only about 6” in cement) a peice of thin chain link pipe, peice of wood post etc.
  4. Anyone who thinks their ignorant opinion is as valuable as a knowledgeable one,. Not all opinions are valid.
  5. That only holds true for the more knowledgeable. For those who are charter members of the cult of ignorance I get my curmudgeon on.
  6. Just because that’s what I know the operation buy, does not men i’m right, lol. But unlike some I am happy to be corrected buy the more knowledgeable. Thus so I learn.
  7. I know that as “casing” as the clay absorbs the moisture and it is equally distributed. As to mixing clay and sand, one can also mix a pancake batter thick clay slurry and add dry clay. If it is to wet then let it dry in your bucket and then when it is the right consistency clamp the lid n for a day or two to rehydrate the crusties. Beats the old stomp the clay into the sand trick.
  8. Depends on forge design, fuel type, tuyere size and air pressure/volume
  9. Pattern welded Swords were forged in charcoal field forges with 3/4-1” sideblast tuyeres. So properly desighned it will work, is it best for your needs? I can’t say. A sideblast forge using clayed soil is free or very inexpensive to build. You can build one on Friday after work and forge with it Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t have a “materials” stash, we are talking about $50-100 investment. If your good at scrounging then we are talking free. You only heat a piece of steel as long as you can forge in one heat, so 6” is plenty, obviously heat treating is different but you don’t need welding temp. now after geting your feet wet for cheep then you can figure out what you need.
  10. Or a goat... ... good eats after they get the weeds in order.
  11. I have a slide in camper in the planning stage for my Isuzu NPR. So I may just show up in your drive way (assuming the Alaskan roads have not fallen apart since you retired).
  12. Charcoal and side blast forges go hand in hand. Charcoal and bottom blast forges have an uneasy relationship (more married with children less Adams family) I have built a successful side blast forge with a steel fire pot.
  13. Thanks, Mike. Like most of us I fall victim to overthinking. So I do my research (having grown up preinternet and encountering bad reference material in print) and I doodle (I have a stack of graphpapaer journals) and experiment. That said dirt worked well for centuries, it still works. Same for side blast forges and bellows. Coal and charcoal as well. My mind is always a whir of thoughts, and after years I have learned to let it running wile taking notes. Eventually a simple saluting presents its self
  14. Exage botle can be expensive (twice what having your bottles refilled)and as noted the small bottles for your BQ can freeze up. Most of us switch to large bottles and have them refilled at a propane supplier, exaged at a weld shop or have a small ( small being relative) tank installed and refilled buy a bulk truck. Look up propane in the phone book, as peaple who don’t have natural gas to their homes, RV’s and welders often use it there will be some one who refilles tanks
  15. Simple is good, a subsoil with 30% clay works good (just put the dirt in a jar and add water. Shake and wait for it to settle. It will stratify revealing the clay, sand and silt) no need for refractory cement or castable refractory. Inflact clay is the basis for many refractories. Sort out your blower and the linkage and think about a wind/sun shield for it and you will be golden.