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Alaric Powell

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  1. Much thanks for that. Ah, that clears up one thing. The mig tips I sell at work are M6-1.0. Either way, I can tap it. What I don't already have laying around the shop, I can pick up at work before I leave. The dangers of working at a hardware store, pretty sure they get half my check back each payday... Thanks again.
  2. I think we're good. I haven't lined or coated the forge, as yet the materials are in the mail. Two questions: Can anyone point me to the post for materials for the T-burner? Is there anyone in North Ga. Who has blacksmithing materials available for sale? I would go visit Wayne, but the current social situation dictates I should avoid contact with him. No offense Mr. Coe.
  3. Right, so, I think I'm on the same page. If my test block has too many ports and thus has too little back pressure, I'll reduce the number of ports and spread them out over the surface, increasing the pressure and attempting to maintain the coverage relative to my flame face below. Which, in turn, will allow the radiant heat to reflect back into the forge with the assistance of the IR coating and bring the temp up (sooner?)
  4. For everyone posting their survival reserves, can I get some addresses. Just in case, you understand. ^_~
  5. Wow, don't know how I fudged that SOOO bad (EDIT: I multiplied the DIAMETER instead of the RADIUS, OOF!) , was operating on V=πr²×L (3.14 x 16 = 50.24, x 16=803.84in³) The 7x11 interior would come out to about 423in³ (add salt because my math is rusty <obviously>) Anyway Link to 3D concept: https://skfb.ly/6RRMJ And Picture: the measurements below are Interior on the top box and Exterior on the cylinder body
  6. Sorry Frosty, finally recovered the password for my original account. I'm building out of an old air storage tank (the kind you pump up with a compressor) it's 16" Long with a 12" Diameter. I cut both ends off so I'm left with an open cylinder. With both ends closed with soft IFB (obviously it won't operate fully closed ) and 2" of wool, rigidized and IR coated, the volume is +/- 3200 in³. The opening I cut into the top for the ribbon burner is 4.25" wide and 10.5" long (area of about 44.5 in²), leaving 2.75" on either end. I was planning on running forced air into the plenum
  7. Wayne, i''ll have to work some stuff out , but i would love to take a day out and visit your forge in the next few weeks.
  8. Currently I'm in NE Ga. 'bout 4 hrs from you, Wayne Oh, and feel free to tear my design to shreds! I'm no Snowflake. The whole reason I'm here is to learn, and that works best if you have mentors willing to tell you where you're going wrong, I'm not trying to repaint the shop walls with my charred remains. Currently making my way through Mikes book. Took his advice from 101 and downloaded it from Scribd.com. The Design I made was based purely off what images I have seen online, with absolutely no Idea of the size/shapes that are required to A: Work, Period, and B: Work efficien
  9. Hi all, New to the forums and to smithing. I see a lot of good info here, so I wanted to ask the question. To build or to buy? I've seen a lot of forges online priced $350 and up, that's a big pill for a newbie like me, so I was wondering if it'd be cheaper/smarter to build. I need everything for anvils to hammers and would like to be as economical as possible. So i did some googling, found this site, bummed around Amazon and eBay, and I noticed that buying the materials plus shipping as about the same if not more than buying a pre-made forge. Now, all I looked for was sheet metal, Fi
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