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Slack tub is freezing

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On 12/8/2016 at 6:58 PM, Frosty said:

How often do you  need to cool stock in winter? Other than keeping tong handles or the held end of long stock cool enough to handle there really isn't much reason to put stock in water. If you do have frequent use carry some out with you, I just fill a 5gl. water jug in the house and carry it out.

However if you really need to keep water thawed buy a stock tank heater and keep the tank covered. Just floating a piece of styrofoam on the surface does wonders.

Frosty The Lucky.

Pretty often. I use water to cool the isolate exactly where I want a bend. Either water or heating with a torch instead of a forge which I find slow and tiresome in general. 

I guess we all work differently. 

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Just put a heater in my tank.  It is one with a wire shield to protect the container.  As soon as it get light, I'll post the make.

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This might be an odd question but here goes.

With winter being here and temps now well below freezing, my cooling bucket for my tools has frozen solid in my shop as I only use a gas space heater when actually out in the shop. When I used my coal forge I didn't do any forging in the winter but now that I built a gasser I can work in the shop (as long as it's not 0). Do you guys have any suggestions to help the freezing or am I simply going to have to empty when done and fill it when I go out to forge? I thought about using some anti-freeze mixed in the water however I think it may not be safe. 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Ray

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Well... 

Mod note: Link removed due to the threads relocation

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47 minutes ago, CTBlades said:

This might be an odd question but here goes.

With winter being here and temps now well below freezing, my cooling bucket for my tools has frozen solid in my shop as I only use a gas space heater when actually out in the shop. When I used my coal forge I didn't do any forging in the winter but now that I built a gasser I can work in the shop (as long as it's not 0). Do you guys have any suggestions to help the freezing or am I simply going to have to empty when done and fill it when I go out to forge? I thought about using some anti-freeze mixed in the water however I think it may not be safe. 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Ray

If your slack tub is freezing you're not slacking enough Ray.

Us cold country folk went through a long thread on the subject a while ago but thanks for the opportunity to tweak you. I appreciate it. :P

Frosty The Lucky.

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9 minutes ago, Frosty said:

If your slack tub is freezing you're not slacking enough Ray.

Actually I think you have it backwards Frosty, I'm slacking way to much and not using my tank or hot tooling enough lol.

Thank you for the link beech, I wasn't sure where to look in the forums. If I was working full time with the forge I am sure I'd go with the heater but it seems I'll just empty and fill when I do use the forge for now.

Thank you gents!

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If you're not slacking your iron why does it matter if the tub freezes?

Frosty The Lucky.

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9 minutes ago, Frosty said:

If you're not slacking your iron why does it matter if the tub freezes?

Frosty The Lucky.

I was referring to me slacking, being a slacker, not working enough, goofing around.....lol....not slacking my iron.

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Must I explain E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G Ray? :rolleyes:

Frosty The Lucky.

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Speaking from recent personal experience, if your slack tub freezes and cracks, put it somewhere that the meltwater won't go everywhere when it thaws. 

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38 minutes ago, Frosty said:

Must I explain E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G Ray? :rolleyes:

Frosty The Lucky.

Uh ohhhhh! lol 

JHCC no way, sorry to hear that!

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Generally when I need to use water 1 gallon and a dipper does me fine and it's easy to bring and dump it per forging session; of course today was short sleeve weather earlier so freezing was not much of a concern.

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