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  1. It pains me to have to say this but some good refractory/ furnace . . . <GASP!> cement. Furnace cement is made to stick refractory masonry together and should do the trick. I believe you can buy it premixed in a can up to 3,000 f. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. It occurred to me some time after I couldn't edit my post the same thing goes for giving a shot at welding it up. It might not have worked but can't live dodging what might not work. Making it count is a better motto. Thanks for serving Steve. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. There's regular goatyness, everybody got used to that and the does don't smell unpleasant so long as a buck hasn't touched them. Then there's the ambiance of Buck, that'll get the attention of the whole movie theater. A character I had to work with, that was a common feeling, wasn't the sharpest cookie on the tree and would get loud and obnoxious about goat smell whether there was any or not. He even got talked to about it by the foremen but he just wouldn't quit. Sooooooo, I donned my playtex gloves and stroked the boy's beards till the rag was sticky, put it in a zip lock baggy and took it to work with me. "ACCIDENTALLY" brushed against him after dispatch and we were headed for our rigs. Hid the baggie and repeated it the rest of the week. More than one of the guys gave me the nod but kept quiet. Nope, our brain trust boy didn't stop trying to give me a hard time about smelling like a goat. I WISH he were the only idiot on the crew but you can't fire a gvt. employee without extreme reasons so they tend to gather like stuff in a P trap. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Frosty

    Forges 101

    You're welcome, my pleasure. Glad it was an easy fix. Mikey tipped us to the two types a while back. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. All the gold country in Cal has high mercury content. Dad worked for an outfit making gold extraction equipment and we used to take the demonstrators around and test folk's concentrates. We also panned everywhere we went stream fishing. At the time $9/ton was break even. Folk with gold fever only seemed to look at gold content, sometimes silver. It was rare for us to extract less than $15/ton in mercury sometimes it was crazy high. Gold miners wanted to see gold and not much else counted. We'd put a little mercury in the pan with a squirt of detergent nitric acid water mix. If there weren't any nuggets in the pan we'd put the mercury in a vial. At the end of the day we'd extract the gold from the mercury, precipitate the mercury back out of the nitric acid and weigh both. We weighed everything in and out. Always came home with more mercury than we took and we were almost always panning and fishing at the same time. Fish till they stopped hitting, do some panning and move up the creek. Potable water at the lake was brought in, I don't think there were any wells in use. We water skiied more than fished. Dad and I were into stream or deep sea fishing. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. I was wondering about the cost. Sounds about right. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. They go tools in hand actually. This is the last I'm going to say about your forge stand/cart Chris. The pic does nothing to ease my concerns with center of gravity issues nor trip hazards. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Frosty

    Burners 101

    ^&! Jungle: that's an elegantly simple way of making 1/4" burners. Thanks for sharing with everybody. I get almost giddy seeing all the new burners and ways of making them. Thanks for such a sweet burner design. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. We're usually not that demanding. I just checked the conversion table and 1,800 c. = 3272 f. An 1,800 c. refractory has a comfortably conservative margin to make me smile on my most pessimistic day. The reply you got from the refractory maker said 2,300 f. which is well under good enough for my T burners. I don't think 1/2" of Kastolite is enough to make a 300 f. temp drop. I've been wrong before, often enough I should have several PHDs from learning from a modest %. If we can just buy forge liners I'm all over it. Frankly I'm getting tired of making the things. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. On casters so you can turn it? Even making it wider it's still darn top heavy and unless the caster wheels are pretty large, it'll trip on surprisingly tiny things. I've come close to tipping mine over and it's only waist high and NARB forge only weighs about 30 lbs. Why don't you just build your forge on the stand? It'd be easy to see the inside while you line it and you won't have to risk your back and maybe damaging it lifting it up when finished. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. A properly tuned propane burner develops well more than 2,300 f. You might ask about 2,600 f.+ Unless I misread the post, AFB is making Morgan k-26 IFB crumble with his new experimental burners. K-26, have a rated working max temp of 2,600 f. which means his vortex burners are developing more like 2,700-2,800 f. I'll sure be watching for what you learn, 15.5" x 7" L tube might just be what I'm looking to not have to make myself. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. I really don't like more trip hazards than I already have, I sure wouldn't make more on purpose. I see decent metal carts at yard sales pretty often, the two I have, one under the NARB forge were parts of all or nothing sales. Still not having a welder I'd just build one out of lumber. A couple garage, yard, etc. sale little bicycle wheels mounted to the inside of the lags and a third on the other end on a pull down handle that levers the wheel down to lift the stand is a pretty easy build isn't it? Cement backer board on a roomy top under the forge, spreaders for shelves and a snazzy paint job. Hmmmm? Frosty The Lucky.
  13. Yes it could, welding it could fail too. Can't live you life by letting what might happen make your decisions. Sure you need to be aware of failure conditions and take them into account but not trying because it MIGHT fail is a sad thing. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. New guys, fall for it every time.! Welcome to the addiction, it's so much fun it should probably be illegal. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. It's counter intuitive but no, blocking an impeller fan in an air blower reduces work on the motor. Try blocking the outlet of your blow drier, the motor speeds up, without moving air it doesn't have to work as hard. The thing you have to watch out for blocking blower intakes is where the motor gets it's cooling air. If it's cooled by the blower you have to let it get enough air. Frosty The Lucky.
  16. I'm thinking that would want a forge weld to repair. Not a trivial job by a long shot. Frosty The Lucky.
  17. 3 phase motors are pretty cheap at commercial surplus sites, for example (setting filters and Glancing quickly at surplus site) 5hp, 3ph, $69. 25hp, 3php, $209. Frosty The Lucky.
  18. Music obscures a great deal of useful information you can only learn from the sound of the work. Propane forges are also loud and annoying distractions. Video doesn't present bright colors accurately so the only way you can reliably tell the temperature of the work is by the sound of the hammer blows. The sound is important information at your own anvil, you can't always control light levels and color changes dawn to dusk. You can however hear it, with experience you can even tell carbon content and high from low alloy in a broad sense. The other sensor you have at your disposal at the anvil is feel. How the work feels in your holding hand tells you a LOT about what's going on in the work. Sound and feel are very important while you're planishing the work, with practice you can feel most metals begin to work harden and when they're about to fail. I can tell a lot about a smith by the sound of his/er work habits at the anvil. So, NO I don't want no stinking music. Frosty The Lucky.
  19. How many farriers here take more than 8 minutes to forge a basic shoe? I must not have been watching the right part of the screen I never got a look at him above the shoulders. He bumped the hammer head tight. Yeah, okay shoot me too, I have a couple hammers I need to bump now and then myself. I keep saying I need to make new handles but . . . Ooh shiny! What was I talking about? Mute took care of the bad music and I suppose I could've skipped the parts that were sped up to silly speed. Nice anvil and his forge looked good. Frosty The Lucky.
  20. Did you ever poll your friends or better yet folk you just met? Nobody where I worked had a problem telling me when I showed up smelling bucky. Our bucks were really affectionate too, I had barn coveralls and wore rubber gloves when I handled them. A 1/4 cup of Fabreeze in the fabric softener dispenser thingy in the washing machine REALLY helped the clothes. I gotta tell you the boys sure put the lie to the Deodorant myth! Heck they made the deodorant stick stinky! Frosty The Lucky.
  21. The general wisdom of the high end bladesmiths is to temper as soon as it's been hardened. What caused the failure of yours isn't something I can attribute to heat treatment. Looks like a bad weld to me. Frosty The Lucky.
  22. I just have a knee jerk reaction anytime someone says all thread. But the grade is the grade and all screws fail at the threads in tension. I'll rest on this one. The piston shaft end is the cap that the tie rods screw into? I can't tell you how much I'd really prefer to drill and tap the table top to mount and secure the cylinder caps. Spacers and nuts on the tie rods works, can't argue my druthers. Glad you're handy Tom. Frosty The Lucky.
  23. You SHOULD BE! Where was the live streaming video coverage and commentary? How do we know you're really tired or just loafing without being able to watch? Hmmmm? Glad you made it safe and in tact. I like a man who builds the shop around his equipment and tools. We will get a blow by blow of the shop build won't we? Frosty The Lucky.
  24. Frosty

    Forges 101

    Did you buy the hydrophilic or hydrophobic silica? Both are colloidal but the hydrophobic doesn't want to mix with water, hence the name. The hydrophilic silica just takes stirring or shaking. Try a few drops of Jet Dry in the water, it's a "surfacant," it breaks surface tension in water and lets it wet, often called a wetting solution. A drop of dish washing soap should help for the same reasons. More will NOT make either of these suggestions work better, ONE drop of dish soap. Okay? Dish soap or Jet Dry won't effect it as a rigidizer if you don't go crazy, it'll go away when it heats up. Frosty The Lucky.
  25. Had they known everybody I came in contact with would've thanked me. A LITTLE buck scent goes a long way and time. The lanolin in their coats soaks it right into your hide. I found GoJo and lemon helped. Frosty The Lucky.