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  1. I'm not sure yet of the amount of thermocycling involved. When we are operational it will run every weekend, so will probably maintain temp for steam pressure over the weekend then cool down during the week. It definitely does get hot enough to create clinker, however the quality of the coal we use reduces how much I've encountered. This engine hasn't run since about '67 and this is the first engine that I have been a part of working on so I am learning as I go. I am unsure of the gauge of the ashpan currently. I'm in contact with individuals who run locomotives, but not with anyone that has d
  2. That was discussed, but from my understanding the firebrick would deteriorate faster than the refractory. I'm open to being educated if that isn't the case. Thanks for the input pnut.
  3. Short story is that as part of my job I've taken over a project of converting a narrow gauge steam locomotive from burning oil to coal. One of the problems that has come up is that the ash pan liner is buckling. The theory is that steel wasn't designed to contain hot ashes in close proximity. One solution is to basically weld some wire on the walls and then cover it with a refractory that can withstand the temps and movement that comes with an engine. Any suggestions?
  4. Thanks for the info. I do have an 80 pound chunk of mild that I have made into a striking anvil, but I have not finished the hardy hole in it yet. Such a thick piece is proving to be daunting.
  5. I have browsed through the forum casually. I know of the quality of the Peddinghaus, however the discussion I was wanting was in reference to the other two "as a brand". In your opinion, is there a reason you would pick one over the other? I realize my 150 pound Hay Budden will suffice for everything I do or will do in a non-production capacity. The search for a nicer/larger anvil is to aid in the usage of a sledge in tool and hammer making. The pride factor also can not be ignored. There was also clarification today that the Reff is actually a Peddinghaus and the only reason I would go that l
  6. Those are the options I have locally to that I don't have to pay shipping on. I'm not opposed to other brands, just wanting to get opinions on those options that are available close. Depending on price I'm considering minimum 160 with the option up to 275 pounds for the Reff that I have available.
  7. Looking for your thoughts on these brands. I'm looking to get a German style double horn and budget is under 2k. I'm about an hour away from a store carrying Peddinghaus, Kanca and Perun brands. A local used option is a Refflinghaus.
  8. Is there a reason the punches have a point (other than centering)?
  9. Still working on what hold-down design I'll go with, and the caulk is a definite.
  10. Hay Budden 152# picked up this weekend. No visible serial number. Routed the footprint in the base of 8x8's lag bolted together. I'll probably end up using all-thread eventually.
  11. The other surface I've seen from Brazeale and Steele is the "striker plate". Mild steel plate with a hardy hole for striking with something like a heavy sledge so that mishits aren't as dangerous. I have come upon a 2 inch thick piece of round mild steel about 16 inches in diameter that I am currently trying to find a way to make a hardy hole in that I will use as a striker to go along with the london pattern anvil I picked up today.
  12. He's a male Harris Hawk. Born in April and is already a rabbit killing machine.
  13. Here is Malo. He is a transplant to the "shop" from my other hobby of falconry.
  14. I'm in the northeast corner in Elizabethton. The closest city that folks from out of state may recognize is Bristol because of the Nascar Speedway. I'm using oxy/acet because I have it. Just bending mild steel plate and bars for maintenance projects but I'm wanting to make some wall hanging decorations, a couple knives and later possibly graduate to making a gate for the backyard. I'm hoping to meet up with some local guys and try out their forges before I invest in making the decision between solid fuel and gas.
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