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  1. Made my first set of bottle openers yesterday. Fairly simple, but they work. Made the punches last week, they get the job done.
  2. Finished a set of Poz Tongs today for 3/8" stock, derived from the instruction from Black Bear Forge. I really like the style and they turned out decent enough. I'll make another set sized for 1/4" soon.
  3. Finished my first set of tongs today, flat jaw tongs following the demo by Black Bear Forge starting with 5/8" square stock, I found a large nail laying around and used the head for the rivet. They're pretty rough but they'll hold things, learned a lot from the process too.
  4. Welcome to IForgeIron Nathan, you may want to add your location so people have a general idea of where you are located. I'll go ahead and share the prevailing initial advice for this forum, go ahead and read some more through the Forges and Burners 101 threads on here. There are a great list of instructions and recommendations on how to build a great forge. Many other more experienced members on here are also usually more than happy to help, they gave me great advice and help on my own build. You'll tend to find that 2x 1" thick layers of a kaowool material, ridigized is the go to first layer, followed by ~1/2" of a castable refractory like Kast-O-Lite 30 and a coating of Metrikote or Plistix works great, curing the materials before adding the next layer, working your way towards the inside with these layers to be clear. Fire bricks are durable but will take much more fuel to heat and hurt efficiency in the long run. They usually aren't the best choice if you desire welding heat and expect to use flux. High alumina kiln shelf is what I use for my floor and I love it. Burners are another topic all together but these forums have great experts to help with those. Keep in mind that the number and size of burners is heavily related to the volume you are trying to heat. 350 cubic inches for a well tuned 3/4" burner is a good rule to start with. Take an evening or two and get to reading, you'll end up building something great.
  5. The cast nozzles were made using 3D printed forms that mimic the 1:12 taper spec that seem to be the standard. The taper starts approximately 1/2” into the lining measured from the shell. Once up to temperature the forge is only running around 8-10 psi. I’ve tried cranking up the pressure some but it doesn’t do much besides speed up the sputtering sound.
  6. Cleaned out the tips this morning and the forge worked fine again. Tested the temperature with a small piece of copper, which melted readily when the forge was up to temperature. Copper melts around 1980-1990 F or so, so I’d guess I’m north of 2000F somewhat. Pleased with that. I was then working on a set of tongs and that front burner started sputtering rapidly again. I’ll clean the tip out again, maybe some tape from a fitting is coming through but I can’t help but wonder if it’s due to the heat or something. I also noticed that the top door tracks were glowing a dull red on either side when I shut the forge off. Maybe unrelated but I figured I’d share anyway. Overall the build has improved a lot, thanks to everyone helping me out on here. Thanks a ton to Mikey, Frosty, and Irondragon for all of the help and tips during the process. There’s a great community here.
  7. And by "heat issue" I mean for the burner components, sorry.
  8. After trimming more tips for these burners they're pretty close to even with each other, but the front burner is still running hotter. A new tip on the back burner took care of the excessive "richness" that it was showing. The flames themselves also look fairly similar. I decided to run the forge up to temperature and stick some steel in there to see how it performs, and, given that I was under more optimal lighting, I might dare to say that it's looking rather yellow to me, although I kind of want to order a thermocouple or something to measure the temperature so I know for sure. The dragon's breath is mostly blue with some orange in there, but it would change to green every now and again, probably due to some copper that wound up in the chamber from fiddling with the copper tubing and sanding down mig tips all day. The forge worked wonderfully for an hour or so and then both burners began suffering at almost the same time. I heard the change first and then small pops/poofs at the tip itself would happen occasionally and the burners began sputtering rapidly, even with the doors wide open. I shut it down right after. During the cool down I flipped them back on and they would only sputter the same way. I'll check/clean them out for debris tomorrow, but I'm curious if this could be a heat issue as well? Let me know what you guys think, thanks!
  9. Bending the tip didn't seem to do much, and I went ahead and replaced the tip on the back burner, as filing it down some more didn't do much. I was too aggressive with the tip file. I went ahead and made another pair of T's, making sure that they line up with the mixing tube. I'll swap those out and see how it goes.
  10. I guess I'll find some more T fittings and try and do a better job at centering up that hole for the MIG tip just right. And by "lifting off" you mean how the flame tends to wander from the flare opening, which looks to be a problem with both burners, correct?
  11. I run tip cleaners through them pretty thoroughly after I sand each little bit down, I saw what you meant and ran the cleaner through again. Shaped up a bit better.
  12. I've since placed the burners back in the forge. I started tuning the front one and I think it's pretty close, definitely improved. I've been working on the back burner and have trimmed off quite a bit of the tip, but it still appear to be weaker than the front one and tinged green, but it's shape improves whenever both burners are running. I'll post pictures below. YouTube link here. Front Burner Back one, not as clean a cone. Likes to smoosh into the floor initially, cleans up when both are running. Both running together, front one is clearly hotter. Frosty, my mig tips are 0.023". In terms of determining alignment I've basically just eyeballed it. I had help making these with a bridgeport and they look pretty good. I left the front burner in the forge because it seemed to be running very well, but the rear one had issues so I took it out and took some pictures of the tube.
  13. Got it. I'll stick the burner back in the forge and start testing. Thank you for your help Mikey, I appreciate it.
  14. I should sand off a little bit and test the flames inside the forge correct?
  15. Mikey, All of the parts are the right size, the T is 3/4" run and 1/2" branch. Everything looks bang on centered and parallel to the mixing tube. I've never trimmed back the mig tips before because the flames didn't look rich inside the forge. Along with that, my burner flares were cast into the refractory so I don't have a physical flare to attached to the burner and it won't sustain a flame outside of the forge. Should I just go pick up a small reducer fitting for this purpose?