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    Mythology, gaming, cooking, farm work, blade collecting, hunting, fishing, etc.

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  1. I actually was curious if a threaded splice joint pipe would work to thread onto the end would create enough of a size increase to be beneficial as well as making it so it could connect to different shaped ribbon burners for different applications of use and different sized forges. I know it would be a minor size increase at the end but I don't know if it would help much at all.
  2. I was under the impression that the flare tip was necessary if it wasn't being used with a ribbon burner. I think I need to read some more about basic burner design since I'm still figuring out the whole idea of propane set ups. Honestly I wish I could find blueprints and cutaway views of everything assembled idk why but it helps me with figuring out basic design and tolerances. I've considered buying a burner online but I feel I will learn more by building it than buying one. Are there any reputable YouTubers you guys would suggest as far as build and tuning videos. I know how hard it is to trust what you see on YouTube now compared to a year ago.
  3. Thank you frosty I didn't realize how much I was overthinking it I have been leaning more towards a t-burner design over the ribbon burner due to the inexperience I have with propane burners after my research today. I actually just finished watching a YouTube video on a guy that referenced you and your design with his build. I have just heard and read about such high praise of the ribbon burners it's hard to overlook their plausibility as an option.
  4. I've been researching them for quite a while actually. Believe it or not I actually got the idea reading Frosty's thread about naturally aspirated ribbon burners. I read about his troubles with adjusting the amount of holes for the air fuel mix and I thought about the burners with the adjustable flow like devil forge. Wouldn't it be easier to adjust the fuel air delivery to the burner nozzle (in theory) than to adjust the nozzle build to the stock fuel air setting? I'm not against your burners or t burners just trying to absorb any knowledge I can before deciding on what to build. I know t burners are tried and true, the ribbon burners are quiet and efficient and the devil forge style are adjustable and work well just from some threads I've found and watching the guy on YouTube melt cast iron with one. He very clearly stated not to try it and how dangerous it was in the video. I do know I really want to go naturally aspirated so I don't have to purchase a compressor and all that equipment I'm planning on a coffee can forge or maybe a propane tank forge. I've considered doing a riveted steel plate forge in a square design like most commercial forges look like but coffee can and propane tank seem to be the simpler option for my first propane build.
  5. I was just curious to the use of it more with air control. Especially with ribbon burners. I have read a lot of your threads Mikey. And they are super informative. I'm looking at designing and planning for my first propane forge build. I've been using a charcoal forge and our new landlords say we can't use charcoal grills or even forge at the house. I have been talking around and it seems that propane is more widely accepted in our area. I was planning on building the entire thing including the burners. Just was hoping to find out the uses of the adjustable airflow and see if it was worth building that way or just to do a t burner.
  6. I have searched and haven't found references to these burners here yet. Maybe you guys can shed some light for me. So recently I've been watching this Australian gentleman on YouTube that goes by the name of BigStackD and he does metal casting using devil forge burners and furnaces. The burners he uses have a bolt mounted o-ring type spin valve on the rear of them and are naturally aspirated. My question is could this technique of air control work for a forge burner? A ribbon burner? Or is it specifically used for casting furnaces? He has one with a slide valve as well that works similarly. He isn't a how to channel but I genuinely enjoy watching his content and his burners got me thinking about if the design is transferrable. It looks simple enough to build. Just wanted some input from you guys that may have experience with these types of burners.
  7. I agree that knowing is better as far as what you can possibly expect from the events and I also understand that it can go either way I just always found the events fascinating since I've never gotten to go to one I've only seen videos so it's a bit of an outside looking in thing. I just always thought it would be fun to dress up and play along with the festivities. Maybe watch the Craftsmen work their art and skill and learn a thing or two. I feel it can be a rewarding experience with the right circumstances. I would love to check out both honestly just to see what they are like. I'm not interested in working one. I don't think my skill level would be high enough. I'm still figuring a lot of things out. I'm still using vice grips and channel locks as tongs. Just haven't gotten around to making any tongs yet.
  8. It's actually a piece of an adjustment rod from a pallet making machine and yes it hardened up quite nicely in canola oil. I sparked it first it threw great sparks. I used it to make several knives I even hacked into a big piece of hickory after tempering and had no deformation chipping or warping I quenched it and did 2 runs in the oven at 400 for an hour apiece. The rod had 2 threaded ends the rest was smooth and it was a bugger to work to a flat shape. It did make some really decent knives though. I'm not sure of the percent for carbon but it skated a file in canola oil and tempered just fine.
  9. Okay I understand now I didn't know all of that. I was going off of what I had seen on websites and from word to mouth from people that go to them a lot. I'm not sure that's a highly publicised thing either about how it is on the operation side of the Renaissance faire either.
  10. Oh I thought Renaissance was a reenactment of the highly artistic era. I always thought that the fairy and fantasy aspect of things was the LARP community. I didn't realize that the Renaissance festival was like that too. I'll look it up I hope they have an event here. I love archery and ancient arts and crafts. I would love to let my kids experience something like that
  11. Oh okay there's a Renaissance festival here every June that I found out about a couple of days ago. I got really excited about it. My wife not so much. I always wanted to go to one along with a viking festival and a few other things. Jousting looks awesome and fun as well as sword fighting I've always found leather armor more elegant and fancy than most plate armor. The bulletproof aspect was just something I thought of while researching and watching John Wick 2. I just thought it would be awesome to say "yeah I can make a suit of leather armor that will stop a .45 ACP" or most standard handguns. I'm not expecting to stop a 5.56 with a thin light piece of armor that still looks correct to the design without too much bulk. I'm not planning on stopping a desert eagle or 500 s&w mag just standard civilian handguns. Probably up to a .45 ACP or 9mm. That's just a personal research project for now with the bulletproof plans. Mainly I want to get into it as a rainy day hobby like to accompany my smithing seeing as how I have had weather restrictions in the past and I can do leather in my basement without affecting our neighbors. I feel it's a good skill to have to accompany smithing just like casting is a skill that can come in handy.
  12. George: I'll give that one a look up. I like red and black as well. Not sure what SCA is though. I've never thought of the leather backing on pierced metal though. Thomas: I'm not sure yet honestly. I've considered Kevlar but from my experience with flak jackets it's hot and very uncomfortable. I've read something somewhere about spider silk but I don't remember much about it. I'm thinking a dual layer of leather with a ballistic fiber or polymer between it but I'm still in the concept phase at the moment.
  13. Thank you I've been considering leather handle inlays as well to add a new layer to my knives and tools I make with wooden handles. I'm also interested in leather armor just because I find it aesthetically inspiring and awesome. But I figure I can eventually make leather and iron/steel combination sets. I can also make my kids their own custom and durable backpacks and my wife some purses and me some jackets. I think it would be cool to make bulletproof Renaissance style leather armor just as an "it would be awesome" project. I have liked the rivet styling on holding pieces together more than stitching on leather. I haven't checked out Tandy yet but there is a certified dealer here I've found online. I made a wood chisel that I think I can work with on leatherwork. We will see how it goes there's a few rather instructive videos I've found and I've found some reading materials online for leatherwork. I'm honestly surprised there's not a complimentary leather/iron section on here.
  14. George: You pose some solid points. I do intend on looking around for a place to try to rent for a small shop. We just got here and I start work Monday so it's going to take a little time. I know we are going to try to save up and make a down payment on a house next year up here. We're going to be looking for one with a detached garage. If nothing else I'll gain a mental edge until we get in a new house. I would like to find a place to work but for now I'll settle for learning from some of the best smiths on the internet and I'm going to try my hand at leatherwork so I can use it to compliment my knife making
  15. I've talked to a few places on storage locker use and they all said no go due to insurance reasons. I know there's a guy here that does it and has his own studio for his art but I'm not sure where he is here yet. I've considered seeing if I can find a machine shop with an open space to see if they would be open to renting a small space. Just haven't found anything yet we just got here on the 15th. I've seen quite a few people suggest a storage space but so far my results have been fruitless. I've been told I need a commercial space by a few places I've spoke to. Those are a bit pricey for my blood since we just moved and money may be tight for awhile. I couldn't even bring my forge or foundry set ups with me due to space restrictions. I'm thinking since propane seems to be more well viewed in the city here over charcoal (leases won't allow charcoal grills) that I can build me a coffee can forge using kaowool when I'm able to forge again.