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    Casting, welding, forging, blacksmithing, basically all things maker!

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  1. Frosty, I took your advice and made some changes to the burner. Took all the brass off and connected the stainless steel tubing to the end of the burner with a ball valve. I'm a bit worried about the red feather-like edge. I'm wondering if there isn't enough oxygen.
  2. I'll have to get me one of these, ha! Frosty, I appreciate the very detailed post and direct response. I took it to heart and went into the safety section on the forum and read the stickies. I'm so sorry about PPW. And arc welding exposing brake cleaner to UV light transforming it inter phosgene gas... Holy Xxxx. I'm abandoning my galvanized bucket. I also bought some vinegar and muriatic acid and put the reducing coupling in it for about a half hour (used the vinegar overnight but noticed the galvanization was still patchy by morning). I also bought myself the following -fire extinguisher -respirator (impossible to find in stores, ordered online) -chemical proof safety glasses with airtight seals -several sets of long-cuffed nitrile gloves -welding gloves Thinking about getting an apron but I don't even have a forge yet so, I figure that can wait a bit. I feel like I may be forgetting something here but I'm not sure what. Feel free to chime if you see it. I really wish I could take a blacksmithing course in person. There's so much about this art that can't be taught easily with words and pictures alone.
  3. Thanks for the welcome Frosty :). THANK YOU for this. In all my hours of perusing and watching, I can't believe I have not come across this. Seriously, thank you. This makes a whole lot more sense. I was trying to put some distance between the hose and the forge/furnace to reduce the heat exposure to the hose (I don't know what temperatures it is able to withstand), however, the more I think about it, the more I think proper insulation in the forge/furnace would solve this problem best. I'm thinking about ways to simplify things. I will post with pictures later of my progress.
  4. Yes! I realized this a bit too late. Would scrubbing it off with vinegar be sufficient/worth it in your opinion or more trouble than it is worth? If not I can always cut the loss and move on to something else.
  5. Been lurking for a few weeks. I've gotten soooooo much useful information from this forum that I thought it was time I pop my head in and say hi. My T-burner Saga I made myself a Frosty T burner from the pdf instructions. Well, tried... It was... frustrating. Measured, drilled, tapped, checked all my measurements 3 times... sputtering. I bought different sized MIG tips. Still sputtering. I reduced the length of the MIG tips. Same problem. Maybe it was the tapping job I did? Bought new materials, tapped the end all the way with the bit in the drill press and rotating the chuck by hand (it was unplugged Frosty!). Still the exact same problem. It seemed like when I screwed the MIG tip in part way in, it would align straight, but cinching it down led it to deviate to one side... Turns out, I'm just a noob at tapping and I didn't tap far enough down the bit to leave a thread taper (terminology?). Screwed the MIG tip in again and this time straight as an arrow! Fired it up again and!... can't hold a flame. No matter how low I set the pressure, the flame would blow out immediately. Frustrated, I gave up and started looking at making some firebrick from home. Decided to pick up a reducing bell while I was picking up some perlite and portland cement (I know...). Brought it home, screwed it on the tip and now IT WORKS!!! Testing out how it will work in the steel bucket I've purchased to make a furnace with (I have it set to less than 1 psi, hence a bit of sputter). I'm a bit impatient so I used a charcoal chimney and lump charcoal to heat some metal up in the backyard so I could start hammering. I can't believe how much fun I'm having with a claw hammer. I love the permanence of metal. Eventually, I'd love to learn all aspects of metal working. Anyway, thank you all for all your expertise and for making it public knowledge.
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