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About Frosty

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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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  • Location
    Meadow Lakes Alaska
  • Interests
    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
  1. Welcome aboard J, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the Iforge gang live within visiting distance. No, wearing PPE and staying up wind when hot working chrome plated is NOT OVERKILL. I started to squeeze my poor dented brain for how to strip chrome plating and decided to give Google a try instead. Below is the first hit in the search and tripped my memory cells. Use PPE for the acid etch and dispose of properly. Play hard and Be safe. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. That rascal's still in Galena and he hasn't said boo to any of us? Did he get the steam boat running? Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Thanks Ede, that saves me trying to explain how to "blunt" cutters for copper alloys! Dad said to take the edge off but I think it's a difference in terminology. The video shows exactly what we did though not quite so much. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. I"m glad you brought this thread back to light too Jeremy, it's a good read. Even better if it brings folk like Beth back to actively posting. Welcome back Beth I missed you! Are you actively talking with Jake? We haven't heard anything from him in a long, toooo long a time. Next time you send him a message, please tell Frosty misses the way he takes things to the logical extreme. It's good to take a look at the edges of the envelope and beyond. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. And so we emPloy you in your considerable capacity. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Welcome aboard, glad to have you. Thank you for your service! If you're going to actually read up before asking questions or joining in conversations I don't know what us old curmudgeons will have to do. <sigh> In all seriousness, jump in and ask away. If you get hooked up with UMBA you'll learn more in an hour than days of trying to figure it out yourself. Even if you're good at research, nothing beats having someone there to tell you what you're doing wrong. UMBA is a great bunch of guys just to hang with, they'll put you in touch with everything you need and then some. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Thanks for not writing it into Gaelic for me. I know I had that and hundreds of handy sites bookmarked but I had to change web browsers and it wouldn't carry such petty things as bookmarks over. It'll be bookmarked AGAIN. Thanks. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Cool, thanks. I used Google to search for a translation program and it listed everything but "Google Translate" Of course. I'll really have to shorten my newly written ancient blacksmith's toast to fit it on a pair of tongs eh? Frosty The Lucky.
  9. On further thought I've often felt pretty beat after using my own tools. I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out, you're certainly living up to your reputation for helpfulness John. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Forget about BTU output. You want a high flow 0-30 PSI regulator, water column has nothing to do with it, different use entirely say kitchen range or boiler. You get into trouble wanting to know too much about these things, they're home build forge burners, the guys at the hardware or HVAC supply have zero in their books to help you. Do NOT tell they you're making your own propane burning appliance! They'll dummy up out of concerns for liability. However, if you MUST give them a number, tell them you need about a 64' water column. It'll be good if you collect Kodak monemt expressions. Just hit the propane supply and TELL them to give you a 0-30psig high volume regulator. They'll have them on the shelf in back. Same for buying fittings, don't ask them what's best for building a forge burner! Just tell them what you want. Remember to say please and thank you just do NOT tell them what you're making or they'll just point at the bins. Liability will make them stop talking about the things. You're making a common beginner mistake and overthinking the things. The plumbing with parts lists have been laid out in detail many times. Pick ONE established set of plans and follow it. Asking help on large fora too often gets replies from guys trying to figure it out themselves so it's only confusing. If you MUST ask, ask the author of the plans privately. It won't do you any good asking Ron though, he got so sick and tired of people just asking instead of reading his plans he stopped replying at all. Ron's plans are VERY complete if you can't figure THEM out maybe you should save up and buy a commercially made forge. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Looks good. It's hard to beat the feeling of making and using your own tools. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. The ones I bought from a farrier almost 30 years ago. They're factory made but I don't know who's factory, I'd have to go look to see if there's a maker's mark on them. The wolf jaw tongs I've made were pretty Dire examples of tongs, thanks for their designation John. Consider them named! Now I'll have to invent an ancient Gaelic toast and or curse for using them. How about, "May you finish with this heat half an hour before the devil knows you're using those tongs."? Okay, so I'm not going to try translating that. YIKES! Frosty The Lucky.
  13. That'd be great Mark. I don't think there is one planned but I may have just forgotten. Thanks, you're a life saver! Frosty The Lucky.
  14. Yeah, that's a lot more work than a person'd think they don't come apart easily. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. Yes, I wear gloves using abrasive or sanding disks on a disk grinder. Your trigger hand is in the plane of rotation of the wheel so catches a lot of high speed debris especially if a wheel breaks. Even a paper sanding disk can cut the heck out of you. I also wear long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, cuffs are ALWAYS buttoned. I also wear gloves when welding or using a oxy fuel torch. I AM a reasonable guy. Frosty The Lucky.