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About Frosty

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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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    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. Not cold enough to make Alaska brand popsicles Slag, sorry. The Alaska brand popsicle is cool aid in a dixi cup with a stick in it set outside in winter. The high dollar version is fruit juice and the adult version is beer or wine. You do know when Sarah said, "You can see Russia from here," she was doing an interview on "Little Diamede Island." What I'm sure you were referring to was Tina Fey impersonating her on Saturday Night Live. Yes? Frosty The Lucky.
  2. how to wire up a boiler blower?

    Welcome aboard Watermelon, 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. I'm thinking you could really use a visit from an electrician member right about now. If you're handling electricity and don't see anything to be scared of you need professional assistance. You may not get shocked but its entirely possible to burn the house/shop/etc. down with a little tiny bit of cross wiring. Breakers/fuses/CFIs or not. In the Boy Scouts we learned to light a fire with a flash light battery and that's not enough wattage to feel let alone blow a circuit breaker. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Copper or bronze crystal

    You had to investigate and test to determine that isn't a "Coprolite?" If that were petrified dung I wouldn't like to meet the critter. It had to be in a REALLY BAD mood all the time. I'm thinking typo sort of thing here Slag, turn the page and look again. You didn't mean Chalcopyrite did you? Wrong crystal for sure. WAY better speculation though. It COULD be a form of galena but I doubt it, galena is a lead pyrite and almost never anything but the typical cubic shape of the pyrite family. Still it's possible I've seen some weird galenas. I THINK lead has such a low melting temp it can crystallize faster than atomic bonds can shape it properly. I like the trophy or award speculation. Check with the local gem and mineral clubs. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Burners 101

    The rockets we were making were in several sections: cylindrical body, truncated cone tail section and a nose cone on another truncated cone for the forward section. We needed a way to deploy the parachute and over powered like teenagers make things we couldn't let the deploying charge pop the top half off or the rockets came apart completely. We weren't building rockets out of metal, even in the '60s that was a federal crime. We made them from construction paper impregnated with polyester resin. Not that we didn't prototype rockets from metal, we just never put an engine in one. Our parents would've killed us. Dad was a metal spinner and machinist and I grew up in his shop so I had access to tools and equipment no school shop would allow on the grounds. Figuring out how to make round hollow forms was my meat and drink till Dad got successful enough to hire too many guys and OSHA booted me out of the shop. One of these days I'm going to set up my lathe in the shop and show you guys what a proper naturally aspirated burner looks and performs like. Linear or jet ejector. Yeah, like I'll ever get to it. I'm a TBI survivor and the tree took me out of the game before I got the shop finished so my lathe is still stored in the Connex. <sigh> To be honest I don't know if I COULD spin safely, even within the definition of safe(?) metal spinning. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Burners 101

    Practice with construction paper before you try it with metal. It's faster and less work so you don't get as frustrated when it doesn't come out quite right. THEN when you get one that comes out the way you want you have a pattern. It's been a long time ago but we made cones when we were making home built rockets in jr. high school. Before the authorities and out parents found out who was launching the things that is. It's not like we were brewing up large batches of rocket fuel and we never lit a brush fire. I don't recall the name of the teacher who showed us how but it really is as simple as G-Son makes it look. Nice how to, thanks. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Trenton?

    Oh come on Das, sure he's new but even a REALLY new guy isn't going to believe he burnt an anvil taking a photo. The damage to the side does look like it could be from a cutting torch or possibly having the wrong kind of metal leaning against it under the leaky roof. I'd bet on an idiot with a cutting torch though. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. I have kn own people like that but more common are the people who don't like what they like. I like the pattern, I like low count high contrast. I sure with you weren't pointing it at your dog like that! Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Capabilities of a #4

    #4 what Dave? Press isn't enough info, heck I have a #2 potato ricer that says it's a pomme press #2. I'm sure I got the syntax wrong on the name on my ricer and I'm not getting up to dig it out and get the name correct. I do remember it's for pressing pommes though and there's something in there about "perforations or perforated" in French. We aren't trying to be pains Dave but we need a little more info. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. No idea of the manufacturer Zeap but if it has good rebound and you can get it for a reasonable price I'd jump on it. I'm not one of the guys who really know anvils but I don't recall seeing one with a shoulder on both horns like that one has. I'm more used to seeing double horn anvils without a shoulder at all. That shape is making me think it was made for a purpose other than general forging. Of course I could be wrong, I'm used to it. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Welcome aboard OMAR, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the gang live within visiting distance. It looks to be in superb condition so it's worth what you're willing to pay for it or what someone else is willing to pay you for it. Where you are and where it is has a LOT to do with what an anvil will bring. It'd be pretty spendy in my corner of Alaska but if it's in Sweden not so much at all. As a rule of thumb cast Swedish steel anvils are about as good as anvils get. There have been exceptions but those were production and quality control errors. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. An anvil is nothing more than something to beat things on. That's it ANYTHING smooth boulders have been anvils since we started mooshing metal. Don't get hung up on shape, horns are only useful for a few things and you can do most on the face or edge. If you wait till you get THE anvil or heck any tool you'll be looking forever. Perfect is an illusion unless you're a deity. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. New guy - building a forge

    Pics please, we don't really believe anything unless pics are posted. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. Not that I know of but it seems that hex is what the commercial tumbler makers have been making for I don't know how many decades. A round drum with a lifting lug can be problematical. All you want the lug to do is stir the media and parts, not lift and drop them that tends to pulverize the mix. However if the purpose of the tumbler is to crush and mix material a lift and drop tumbler might be THE thing. Dad used to tumble stone in a big way when he was active in the Boeing rock club, he had a stack of 55gl drum tumbler drums in the basement I remember learning to count to ten by counting the pyramid. The whole shebang was driven with one motor and was surprisingly quiet. He had a very precise method and progression I only remember him talking about not the details of, every drum was a different stage in polishing or working specific stones. Agate, jasper, rodonite, etc. all had their own needs to turn out right some would eat the other. Even what I recall from when I was 5 is too involved and inaccurate to go into. One of the things I DO recall from looking into all his tumbler drums is the lifting lugs. Some drums had one lug, some as many as 4-5. The lugs were various sizes of angle iron welded on both flanges so they made an inverted V. He just wanted them to stir the material, not lift and drop it. However the material needs to be lifted and dropped to pulverize it and pulverizing different ingredients together is a positive method of mixing. A person can mix wet and not worry about dust but don't use water for an anhydrous material! Acetone, MEK, etc. works fine and won't dissolve borax or charcoal so it won't dry into cake. If you were doing this commercially you could do a vacuum draw and recover the solvent. Personally I just live with the dust, there isn't a lot if you let it settle before opening the drum. Ah HAH! Thomas's post came in while I was finishing my long ramble. The reason so many commercial welding fluxes incorporate iron oxide is because they're intended for torch welding more than the forge. This puts the temperature above the melting temp of the subject. I still don't know why they deliberately put a contaminant in flux and I haven't asked them. All I can think of is it makes slag separation more efficient. Maybe nucleation sites to collect oxides and crud to float it to the top of the weld. I don't know that's just speculation. I don't get putting iron oxide in forge welding flux either, cleaning oxides out and preventing their formation leads to my most reliable welding methods. I buy Paterson #2 off the shelf at the local welding supply for about 1/4 the price of the "forge" welding fluxes sold by blacksmith suppliers. Paterson makes one that includes iron oxide too I just don't use it. The #2, blue works a treat, MSDS says it's borax and boric acid with a proprietary ingredient, probably the blue. It's obviously anhydrous as it doesn't foam up it just melts, spreads and sticks. The stuff works a treat. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. If you're making your own anhydrous borax, save your arm crushing it, use a tumbler and ball bearings. Keep your eyes open at yard, garage, etc. sales for hobby rock tumblers, they're rubber lined hex shells with water tight doors. If you make your own use ONE lift lug or the stuff will just roll in the drum and turn it slowly 120 RPM. is pretty fast but okay. If you want to get rid of FEO whatever add a little powdered charcoal to your flux it'll scavenge oxy like there's no tomorrow. Oh yeah, when driving off the hygroscopic moisture, bake it in a silicone cake pan and it'll just pop out in a slab. Beats the snot out of chipping it out of a metal pan. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. Advantage of a propane forge with blower?

    Mark G: There is no inherent difference between a gun or NA forge, heat is a matter of how much fuel air burns per second in the chamber. PERIOD. About the forge from the estate. I'd pull the usable parts and dispose of the forge body it appears in the picture to be lined with uncoated ceramic blanket and if it's old enough, say 40-50 years it may be lined with asbestos too. Rehabbing the liner in that old boy would be more labor intense than making a new one. I think I'd take a page from Slag's book and mix up a bucket of Portland cement to thick paint consistency and coat that thing inside and out as thickly as I could then when set haul it to the land fill. The practical differences between gun (blower driven) and NA (Naturally Aspirated) burners is in construction and convenience of use. Guns are easy to make, a LOT less complicated than you see described online, forget Youtubers. The hassles are adjusting the fire, you have to tune them every change. Turn up the gas and you have to turn up the air and visa versa. The good thing about that is you get GOOD at turning burner flames which is a good skill. The other hassle is you're tied to a power cord. NA burners require decent shop skills and some basic precision to get right but once tuned you can turn the heat up or down with the propane pressure. Hard to build but easy peasy to use and you only need the propane. That's it, not a big deal, I have 12v raft inflater blowers that'd probably run a gun just fine but I already have a full stable of NA burners. Frosty The Lucky.