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    Snellville Ga. USA
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    Ham Radio, Making things in general, Music, Cooking, Soccer (Futbol) (Specifically) Atlanta United!, Repairing / restoring old pinball and arcade machines.

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  1. Completely understood. It's why I kept reading. Things like needing to rigidize or not to. I finally decided to because there was more on the side of doing it. I thought of it as a sort of insurance policy. But as a person new to this, and understanding that we are dealing with things that can bring metal objects to the temperature of the sun... I jest, but it's serious stuff and I am treating it with a lot of respect. I want to do it right, and I don't know what I don't know. I have learned SO MUCH since the forge has been lit that one can not learn in reading or videos. I am so... intrigued
  2. Thanks. I didn't post much until I got things up, running, and got some time on it as I saw some frustration from the League of Curmudgeon for being asked the same things too many times. I tried to read everything I could... some days leading to some mass frustration as there's too many conflicting answers on here. But eventually things click and I moved onto the next puzzle. Matrikote was done in a single layer, but I still have quite a lot left. It went much further than I thought it would. As to the forge cooling too quickly... textures popping off... I hadn't consider
  3. Heh... no, I have never hosed it out. I can take a photo... Actually that what I will do next time I light it. My forge tips backwards (by design) so that when I shut it off, it lets the hot just chimney out vs. wanting to head out the burner tube. It's the dust that falls out that I am asking about. I just saw this photo. You can... sort of see the dust on the table. The forge is lit on my driveway about 3 feet from my garage, so no, I have not yet used a CO monitor, but I will get one. I figured that I was getting enough air given the surroundings, but you guys are the education, s
  4. Hey folks, Two somewhat unrelated questions... So, I have been forging for a couple of weeks now. I noticed the accumulation of... stuff on the bottom of the forge. It's a white ash (and scale obviously). My question is... is this normal? Is the dust toxic (any more so than normal dust) and is cleaning out the forge a helpful thing, or does it even matter? Given that there is already warnings about ceramic wool (which yes, I have rigidized and covered with refractory) I figured I should ask as I don't know what I don't know and don't wanna get hurt. I have been wearing a respirator mask t
  5. I finally have my forge up and running. And... I made a thing. Aside from a couple of nails, this is the first real usable things I have made. About a year ago I saw an opener back on page 45 by VaughnT that really inspired me. There's a world of difference between the one he made and I made... meaning that his is pretty and mine has a sort of dog poop sort of vibe, but hey, it's mine and I made it. I did it from memory and so there's some differences which I will fix the next time out. Sadly, I am out of gas until payday, so I can't make another one yet. But I know for next time to
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    New Forge Questions

    Well, no books like that so... music then, and say Rush and 2112, but just did a search and steel melts around 2750, so that won't work. Hmmm... We need to change the melting point of steel.
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    New Forge Questions

    Ha... Of course it is. Thanks Ray Bradbury... 451 Totally slipped my mind. I was focused on other things.
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    New Forge Questions

    Thanks for the replies. So, to all three of you, yes I am working the forge outside for exactly those reasons. The anvil shaped object is inside the garage a couple of steps with a post vise sort of in the middle making the triangle. This way, I only have to move one thing back and forth. The CO detector is a good idea, but I don't plan on burning the forge in the garage. Especially after feeling how much heat comes off the thing. I am still trying to figure out what to do on a rainy day though. But no, not in the garage. Okay, good note on proper terms. It was forge welding vs. forgin
  9. Hi. So, yesterday I got to play with my newly built forge for the first time yesterday. I have some some new parent questions. 1. My wife is scared to death of my new hobby. I understand, it makes a wonderful growl and fire comes out of it. But she's scared of me burning down the house. I am trying to be reassuring and taking on practices which will hopefully allow her to relax a little... So, I pull the forge outside of the garage so there's no fire risk from stray heat. My question if you do the same, and if so, how long do you wait until you pull it back into the garage? 2. I hav
  10. Thank's Mikey! So to be clear, go ahead and weld the full seam, and just drill a hole as the small hole is more or less all that's needed... and all of this is to satisfy your OCD, correct? ;0D Heh... I am usually the one to make a project take 12 times as long as it should (making sure that everything is in it's proper place). In the last couple of years, I have been forcing myself to back off a little, so I saw a place where perhaps I could just let things be. But fortunately I was saved by a fellow perfectionist. Thanks for keeping me square.
  11. Hey all, So... I have finished my wool insulation and last night I worked with the refractory. Once again, thinking how it will go, and how it actually goes are two different things. Anyway, it's now sitting in a plastic bag curing away to crispy hardness. My question is about my weld line (forge is a 20# propane tank). I chopped the top off to install the wool as is customary. When I got it all rigidized and happy, I tack welded it back together. I have seen a lot of folks lay a full bead all the way around the forge. I have left it just as tacks for now. In the Forges 101 thread, it's m
  12. Thanks guys. It was the fibers that I was worried about more than anything. This is why I asked. Yes I am covering it with Kast-o-Lite 30 and Plistex. I will move ahead then. I may have to cut back the area around the burner hole as it's kind of restrictive and I want to be able to aim the burner once everything is in place and I can see my target. I spent... more time than I wish to admit reading the Forges 101. I re-read a lot of it a couple weekends ago as I was gearing up to do this. Once I was in the process it was like all the plans went out the window as it cut differently than I th
  13. After too many months of reading and planning and and and... I have finally started working on the forge. I have the first layer of ceramic wool in place (20# propane tank) and have fired it. I made my own (with fumed silica and water in a spray bottle) with food coloring (purple)(because red and blue make... ). I guess in my mind I thought rigidized would mean like it was a hardened surface... like bread becoming toast sort of thing. Is this not the case? Is sort of mushy acceptable? I roasted it for a pretty good while and most of the food coloring has disappeared. And yes, it IS firmer than
  14. New member but somewhat regular lurker here. Just happened upon this thread. So... I have been on the hunt for an old Willy's for quite a while. I go through phases. This past year was the worst case of it I have ever had, and my family made arrangements so that I could pick one up. I am still hoping to find the miracle "oh, I have had this M-38A1 hiding in my barn for 50 years and it still runs great" but... reality says probably not. I have had a couple of chances, but nothing 1. in my price range, and 2. nothing within my ability to fix. I am want one to settle into learning how to fi
  15. Ok... BONUS tip # 2 , not tip # 2. I thought you were saying Respect the elders (tip # 2). I just re-reread your request about BONUS tip # 2. The one about NOT tagging. Ugh... Okay. Right so... I though I had been somehow disrespectful earlier and wasn't understanding how. But no, to layer things on, I was being disrespectful by calling out people, Annnnd after being warned once by JHCC, I then 'at' called him in the process. So, yeah. Hi, how does one spell noob? Sigh. One of my other hobbies is referbing old pinball and arcade machines. In that forum, there's tons of tagging. Really, I did
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