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  1. Frazer, thank you! I looked and looked but couldn't find anything. I'll be sure to get in touch with both groups. That's why I asked because I don't know what to even look for. I only recently learned the term hammer-in. Frosty, you deserve an award for all the help you give freely to the less experienced makers. I have a FB but it's my personal account. I only have an IG account for my knife making as of now. I never thought of that. I could call Texas Knifemakers Supply and ask if they know about any gatherings or hammer-ins in the area. Thank you both for the advice! The only advice I have to give back is never trust a fart. Sorry.
  2. Hello everyone. I seem to be having trouble finding fellow knife maker gatherings in my area. There is a show in Conroe towards the end of the year, but I haven't found anything else. I'm not sure if I should join the Texas Knifemakers Guild since the last event I could find on their website was from over a year ago. I have messaged a local maker who is probably known in the knife making community, with no response. I don't want to pester makers but I really want to meet other makers in my area. I can't talk knives with any of my friends because they just can't keep up, with respect. They aren't makers and just don't know about making knives. Anything helps. Thanks in advance.
  3. Thank you Irondragon! That was it exactly. I'm still new to this
  4. Thank you Frosty! I plan to add a sleeve in the near future. I really want to try forge welding for my first time soon too! Very excited! I will pull the burner nozzle further out and see if that helps. Also, I changed the mig tip to a 0.025, as suggested, which seems to be doing quite well. However, I came back in from forging about 5 minutes ago, because the burner is now sputtering. No matter the pressure, it sputters. It's losing heat, probably from sputtering, and it's taking much longer to heat the steel. I also noticed my propane tank has a little frost at the bottom. Tonight is a "cold night" here in Texas so maybe that attributed to the problems?? And for the record, cold here is 55°F. Oh how I miss the mountains!! Anywho, it didn't sputter at all yesterday and I ran it longer and it was the same temp outside, if that has anything to do with it.
  5. Frosty, By "stabilizing tube", I mean the tube that is attached to the body of the forge and utilizes screws to center the burner, aim it, and hold it in place. By "incredibly hot", I mean a bright yellow for anything that is inside the forge for longer than 3 or 4 minutes. It does not get white hot or welding hot, but I do not require that ability as of now. It seems to be working quite well for what I need it to do, but I am always open to suggestions from more experienced individuals! Thank you! Any other advice you have to fine tune or make an obvious improvement that I may be missing?
  6. I JUST finished the burner build and I took the 3/4 tee (from a cheap, not well built, bought burner off Etsy with an off center orifice) and used a 3/4 to 1/2 bushing to connect it to a 1/2 x 4 nipple and jammed it into a 3/4 nipple toe that i screwed into the forge wall. Talk about redneck ingenuity! It fires up great and gets MUCH hotter than the old torch head and "sips the gas"! Thank you so much for your help Frosty! Although, I want to make some tweaks because it isn't getting welding hot, but I might keep it simple for this forge and build a bigger, better one slowly. Question...how do you cool down the burner itself? After only about 10 minutes, it got incredibly hot! Due to space, I might look into making a 3/8 burner and give it a stabilizing tube, which should keep it cooler...?
  7. Thank you Frosty! Great info btw. I will be sure to pick up a 0.023 mig tip. According to what I read on your T burner info, shouldn't it be a 1/2 x 4 inch nipple for the mixing tube, or am I misunderstanding the ratio? Also, would the tee I described above work or does it need to be a full 1/2 inch tee all around(1/2 run and 1/2 chase)? Also, also, what size flare end do I need? I assume a 1/2 to 3/4. I apologize for my redundant questions, but as I am limited in funds, I want to get it right the first time. Thanks again!
  8. First timer here. I've only been forging for about 1 year and I have a small coffee can forge. For the last year, I've been using a store bought MAPP torch as a burner. It worked quite well! It didn't get welding hot, but it did get hot enough to melt the brass tip off and now I need to replace it. Since I have to replace it, I want to upgrade it. I want to put a "mini" forge burner in, probably a T burner in 1/2 inch. I have the pdf from Frosty, which is incredibly helpful, but it doesn't give me the specifics for a reduced size burner. Such as the tee size. As I understand it, I think I need a 3/4 inch (run) to 1/2 inch (chase) tee. Not sure what size I need as the mig contact tip. On a 3/4 inch burner, he uses a .035. I think I need a .025 connected to a 1/4 inch orifice. Thank you in advance for helping me!
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