Chris Comtois

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  1. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    Well I got the sputtering problem licked - turns out one of my jets was not quite lined up as well as it could have been. Drilled and tapped a new T and all seems well now. It doesn't seem to be getting as hot as I think t should be - I can forge with it, but it doesn't seem to be getting welding hot, and there is a lot of dragon breath. Can I close off the back a bit with some brick, would that help?
  2. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Yikes! So glad you weren't injured any worse! I was trying to finish up that pumpkin after a long day and ran my thumb across the wire wheel - fortunately pulled back in time to avoid stripping the ENTIRE layer of skin. Hope things turn around for you soon.
  3. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Yep, I've had to pull LOTS of old, bent nails. I've also discovered that the "material" in the creases does not burn out in the forge, rather it bakes in like fired clay. I try not too hard to think about it as I respiratored up and took the wire wheel to them....
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Got another load of used horseshoes from my source. Spent some time messing around with a few.
  5. Ideas for Christmas 2017

    Our club did candy canes for ornaments one year - two strands of copper wire and one strand of steel wire, chucked one end in a drill and spun it all together. Soldered the ends. I'll try to get some pics if I can dig out the Christmas stuff.
  6. Beginner seeking advice on a small propane forge

    I just turn mine inside out every week. Like a fresh pair! Seriously EA93, welcome to the group. Good luck with building your forge! I would very much suggest, before you throw a lot of money and effort into a hobby you've never even participated in (and this hobby will take as much or as little as you throw at it), try to find someone local who does it and ask if you can come by and try it out. Learn the basics first so you don't get frustrated trying things that are way beyond you. I had good results by googeling my state + blacksmith. There may be a club within driving distance.
  7. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    Could be a breeze, I'm working on it outside. Shop is kind of cluttered right now. Not set up to supply gas to both at once yet, probably work on that this weekend. Sputtering is more prevalent at low pressures, but at higher pressures it kind of acts like it's TOO high a pressure, if that makes any sense, like it wants to blow itself out. That makes me think I need to trim the mig tip back some more to get more air mixed in with the gas. I'm closing in on 'er, though!
  8. It followed me home

    Hadn't thought of that, I'll have to check it out tonight!
  9. It followed me home

    Came home yesterday to find my father in law had dropped off a couple of old ladder jacks. Not sure what they are going to turn into, I'm thinking some kind of campfire equipment.
  10. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    OK - pulled the flare back to just inside the steel shell. There is now about 1 1/2 inches of wool/cement between the end of the flare and the forge chamber. That seemed to help quite a bit (imagine that!). Still a moderate amount of sputtering. No backfires back into the T this time, but it kind of felt like it wanted to. Right now I'm just trying to get one burner tuned properly before installing the second; just occurred to me, it might make a difference having both burners going at the same time? Am I wasting time tuning one then the other? Here are some pics:
  11. The basics.

    Fire management Proper tool use
  12. Intermediate Projects?

    Thanks Thomas, that's the one I was thinking of. I've browsed the forums on both sites just enough to be dangerous! Wasn't sure how the feeling was.
  13. Intermediate Projects?

    I'm not sure if I can link it here, I get the feeling there is some tension between the websites, but if you Google "blacksmith projects" you might find a long list of different things to try.
  14. What to demo forge at SCA.

    I don't have pics, but I helped a friend out with a demo and we made mini horseshoe game sets. We used 1/8" rod, mostly from political yard signs, flattened and bent it, cut it off and punched in the crease and "nail holes". The shoes were less than 1 inch. Two more short pieces of rod set into wooden blocks as stakes and 4 horseshoes and you've got a tabletop horseshoe game for $10. Not really SCA, unless you want to pitch the shoes as being from leprechaun steeds or fairy unicorns or something... I always thought it would be fun to do "bodice dragons" at a ren fest. Forge the head, keeping up a patter with some old blacksmith legends or something. The tail fits in the bodice of a young lady, the whole beastie guarding her assets. Find a lovely assistant and explain that you need to keep "checking the fit" and making adjustments, working up to eventually just taking the dragon out, taping the hammer on the anvil without even touching the piece, putting it back in, etc. Steel torcs or wristbands - a lot like flint strikers. A while ago I experimented with 1/2" x 1/8" bar stock, wrapped around a rod in a long, tight spiral, then flattened out. Makes an interesting pattern. Where is there a SCA event in Michigan? I've always wanted to check one out. Maybe I'll see you there!
  15. T Burner Illustrated Directions

    Ah ha! I had read about the tip being just inside the shell, and thought that meant the ENTIRE forge - e.g. INSIDE the forge. If I'm reading this correctly this time, the tip being just inside the shell refers to the steel tank shell, it should NOT protrude into the forge chamber proper. I'm currently using a 20 pound tank, it's full. I know the regulator is high pressure, I believe 0-30 psi but I bought it a few years ago. Before this last fire up I broke everything down and blew through the hose and regulator to see if anything was blocked. Sounds like adjusting the depth of the tube into the forge is a good place to start next. If the rain holds off, I'll be trying it again tonight. Thank you so much, gentlemen!