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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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    Meadow Lakes Alaska
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    Metal work, people, puns and other bad jokes.


  • Location
    Meadow Lakes Alaska
  • Biography
    Real name's Jerry Frost. I've lived in Alaska for 37 years. Been a hobby smith since I was maybe 10.
  • Interests
    metal working of all kinds leaning towards blacksmithing.
  • Occupation
    Retired equipment operator

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  1. Frosty

    Forges 101

    I saw the list you posted but I had to stop figuring out the volume of people's forges for them some time ago, folks would get angry if I didn't so I had to stop all together. Telling me the size of the shell doesn't tell me what the finished volume or shape will be. However, If Larry said that burner is good then it is, he knows what he's doing. I won't second guess him. It'll be a fine forge especially to start with, everybody who's done this a while has a couple forges collecting dust. As your skills grow your interests will grow or change and you'll have a better idea of what you want or need in a forge and your next one will be a better fit. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Welcome aboard, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you might discover members here who live within visiting distance. Hey yourself! Have you asked the guy who made the knock off T burner why it doesn't work? What did you line the forge with, sand and Plaster of Paris? Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Frosty

    Forges 101

    Not that close to the top Michael but that's the basic idea. It's old school but it works. Mikey has spent a lot of time doing more specific studies of this stuff than I and if you have to choose, choose his opinion over mine. Propane flame is very chemically active at forge temperature and tends to cause chemical erosion to many refractories. KOL and Plistex 900 are both pretty resistant to propane flame and flux erosion making a kiln shelf an extra cherry on the sunday. When we get to specifics about your plans we can discuss various ratios, I'm taking your drawings as concept sketches. If they're actually scale drawings then you're going to want a number of small diameter burners if you want even heat. Your graphic make it look like a really skinny chamber which changes things. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. I get it I get it! Being a Gvt. employee the officer didn't know you can just pull the fuse and cap out of the stick! I'll be back as soon as I stop laughing and can catch my breath! That's like the one about why people going postal shoot supervisors. They can't hit a moving target. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Ahh, fits with the way his company works, probably short of 2nd. world industry and probably lurking hoping for an answer he can use. Gosh now I feel all violated our industrial stuff breaking secrets have been stolen! Frosty The Lucky.
  6. It has? I thought it'd been capped! A good friend of ours is the perfect Halibut fisher . . . woman. She loves halibut fishing but doesn't like eating it and spreads it among friends. Fresh halibut is running around $23. / lb in Anchorage. Way cheaper than a halibut charter. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. I don't expect Brit news readers to be any better informed than the "personalities" on our news. The only safe distance is far FAR away. If it's aerosolized then it's a matter of how far it drifts before the RNA/DNA breaks up and is no longer viable, coupled with how many virus particles it takes to become infected. Just stay away from Deb and I and you won't get hurt. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Where are you located Sumit? What you describe isn't a profession you'd find around here. Your location can make a lot of difference in solutions available to you. I'm thinking a continuous caster feeding long rods to be sheared or broken as desired. The real trick would be feeding the melter at a rate the product could cool enough to haul off fast enough. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. I was born and bred a pack rat. My maternal Grandmother born in 1890 Ohio never threw anything out, every piece of string was on a ball under the sink, every scrap of wrapping paper was folded and packed in a box, every box was collapsed, folded and bound with twine. cloth, etc. etc. Mother and Dad were depression age kids and never threw anything out till the day they died. I find myself wanting to go through the trash before heading out on a dump run and refuse to look while at the dump though I HAVE come home with some choice items. Not bringing more steel home is the problem but I'm getting better. I have plenty of spring, coil and leaf, I'm good for the rest of my life and can supply some of the new guys from my stash. I don't know how much "stock" I have but I rarely have to look elsewhere. Wrought iron is an exception, I don't see much around here so I grab what I can, for the most part though I keep my eyes out for something other than that useful piece of steel in the ditch, or where ever. I have enough and more. As much as it hurts to try and fool myself that way. I don't need anymore, honest I don't. I can stop collecting useful steel anytime I want. I Can, i just don't want to just now. Ooh, what's THAT? Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Duct tape, the handyman's secret weapon!, Red Green. I need coffee too but if I have duct tape I can trade for it. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Next time sprinkle a LITTLE flux between the layers before you tack them up. At red heat steel oxidizes rapidly, especially with a coarse finish, 36grit is really coarse, I clean mine with a 200grit belt or file if working without electricity. Bringing the billet to red, even orange heat before fluxing is a common practice but oxidization is occurring at a visible rate and as soon as you take it out of the fire to brush and flux it's cooling and drawing air between the layers. If you flux it cold, then tack the billet the flux will melt and form a prophylactic barrier on both faces of the joint preventing ANY oxidization at around 230f or so. You can just leave it in the fire till it's soaked at welding heat and it's ready for the anvil. If I'm welding in coal or charcoal I preheat the joint above the fuel so no crud CAN get between the pieces. I NEVER need the flux to flush out scale and inclusions, they don't form in my weld joints. Of course that's just how I do it, your mileage may differ. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. I answer American too. and in the box marked race I write Human. Color I write irrelevant. There are others but those are pretty standard. I had to stop answering truthfully on the Census when Deb got a temp job on the Y2K census. I'll be my "normal" creative self this year. Under dependents I believe politicians is accurate. Hmmm? Frosty The Lucky.
  13. The primitive tech guy would probably be just fine, he's messing around with the videos, not serious survival he talks about it in the blog. IIRC he demonstrates his farm in another string of videos. I have a friend who's subscribed and links me now and then. I don't follow but it's fun to see what he comes up with. Tanning hides is kind of far into the survival process isn't it? Still a viable option, you wouldn't need to tan a cow hide, salting the neighbor's annoying dog's hide would be plenty. The feather tube bellows works well enough with a tuft of grass too. It's the tube that's the challenge. The hardest thing to come up with is the air pipe, the pump is easy, paper bag, pillow case, piece of most any fabric hole or not. Valves are easy too, a leaf and dab of pitch works well enough for a day or two until the leaf dries out. If I were a prepper I'd have a Connex full of duct tape and baling wire. I'd be king. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. When I thought of using the floor flange as a jig to drill and tap the T it solved the problem of the Ts not being centered on the chase. Center the drill bit in the nipple when you clamp the floor flange to the drill press table. Frosty The Lucky.