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  1. I used these which was designated by 1/4” OD tubing. I’m not understanding your second question. The MiG tips I used was 1/4-20 which you tap on the inside of the 1/8” NPT side of the 1/8” NPT x 1/4” flare fitting with 1/4” side going to gas. The top of the 3/4x1x3/4 T gets drilled and tapped 1/8” NPT which is bigger than you would expect because it’s Pipe so that’s ID. hardest part was sourcing 1/4” flare to 3/8” flare to attach to my gas. Couldn’t find the fitting at Home Depot or my local propane supplier. I found a solution at Lowe’s where I went 1/4” flare to 1/4” NPT, 1/4” NPT tp 3/8” NPT, 3/8” NPT to 3/8” flare. hopefully this helps and I didn’t misunderstand or confuse you worse.
  2. Thanks Dan. Does the tube and T really affect anything? (assuming it’s not too small and constricting flow). If the air flow drawn in is a combination of pressure and orifice size, should I need to go to a 3/4? New regulator should arrive tomorrow. Looking forward to trying a few more things.
  3. Yea, right before this project I was at a garage sale and they had half a bucket of large bolts of course where I immediately coveted them. But then that little jerk on my shoulder said.... you are going to get those, do nothing with them and trip over them in the shop for 6 months before scrapping them. Unfortunately I listened to him, and a month later I was in the fastener shop buying brand new bolts. Now I try to leave the jerk at home. Wow, that’s great Crew! I will send you a note. Yes! I love swivel vises. I think this one is from about 1926. I really like Prentiss, it’s a brand that seems pretty uncommon in TX. I have not removed the pin on this one. I tried initially and it’s wedged pretty good, but didn’t want to force it. I have a smaller one with a swivel jaw that moves very smooth and use that when I have an odd shape.
  4. Yep, I appreciate it. I didn’t have much time today, so the only thing I got done was changing to a .25 tip from the .45 tip and it behaved much better. The sound was much more what I was expecting and it was hotter. Still not right, but changing the tip definitely improved it. I noticed my regulator had a slight leak, so had to hang it up. Ordered a new one and will resume later in the week. Pic attached, but it was pretty bright out, so hard to see the flames.
  5. Yea, it basically boils down to 6 months of reading about all of the strategies, retaining 20% and mixing them by accident. I originally started out with a design needing two 3/4 T Burners, then switched to Forced air ribbon burner, then NARB. I figured since I was going from two t-burners to one, I better up it to 1”. As Franken Burner rightly identified, being from Texas, anything worth building is worth overbuilding! When I got to drilling the holes in the mold, I got intimidated with successfully doing such density and I remembered the hole count for forced air or NARB with crayons and went with that, not considering naturally aspirated needs. It’s all part of the learning process for me. I had cut out the sheet metal for two plenums, so I can assemble that one, try some wood inserts, make a new bottom plate and lay in the Kastolite. While it’s curing I can change to a smaller tip, then try to drill out the holes to 5/16th. If it survives, I can always use it on a different forge. thanks for the help guys.
  6. Perhaps. After I make the other changes, maybe I’ll try enbiggening the holes and make another burner. At 84, the density already feels very tight. The process is surprisingly stressful trying to keep the spruces aligned, etc.
  7. Ok, I’ve reached that phase of the project where the question of “are we having fun yet?” Has a definite no answer! But, I’m hopefully getting close. I’ve got the forge built and lined with blanket, rigidized, and Kastolite 30. I’ve got the Narb built after the first having a failure and loss. And I’ve fired it for the first time to lackluster results and need to tune further. I’m using a 1” tube with 1x1.5 T, .45 Mig tip. I started with MIG tip dead center. Didn’t like the flame, so I shorten it to where you see it in the picture. The ribbon burner out of forge picture was with the Mig tip in the center. The burner in the forge picture is the shortened tip version. The ribbon burner is 84 1/8” holes. First time I’ve ever fired it, so some of the orange flames could be the green Kastolite. But it definitely not the right mixture. Increasing the PSI didn’t seem to make much difference. i have a 1x1.25 T ready to go, so will likely try that tomorrow. Also need to try a new tip and start from the beginning. i see now what you guys have said about pictures not accurately representing reality. The Narb outside the forge seemed to have most holes with a flame, and they were almost entirely blue. In both places, the flames were a good half inch off the surface of the burner. any thoughts for tomorrow’s next steps?
  8. Excellent, thanks. Was worried it might instantly crack/shatter.
  9. Has anyone tried to shape, trim, sand or grind Kastolite 30 after curing? Making a ribbon burner and the mold left some ridges/high spots I’d like to clear away, without stressing it too much. Thinking that I might be able to use a file, flap wheel, grinding disc, abrasive cutting disc, or similar to shave some down. Piece has been curing for 48 hours. Wondering if it’s sandable without severe risk of cracking.
  10. Thanks. I overpaid for the bolts. I think they cost more than everything other than the vise as I used scrap. But I do like how they look. My thought is that I could weld a cap plate on the bottom and then fill it with sand for more weight, but so far I haven’t had to go that route as the drum provides enough heft. i think I’m going to use another to build a leg vise stand with striking anvil. I just gotta find a reasonable source for 1-2” plate.
  11. I made a vise stand and love it. It’s heavy enough to not budge when I’m working on something.
  12. Deleted. Found my answer from searching the forum further.
  13. Makes sense. Think I’m good. Just trying to get all the steps in one place.
  14. Couple quick questions. Read that multiple thin coats is better than one thick one. How long does it take to dry between coats? If I make a batch and put a lid on it, will it last a few days? Or is it more like concrete that water sets?
  15. Ah! Good idea! I’ve been looking for an excuse to get an x-carve. I bet you could do some cool things for making the mold with one.