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Hello, New Guy Checking In From Edmonton

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bigbear97, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Bigbear97

    Bigbear97 New Member

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    Hello everybody, I've spent the last year or so thinking about getting into knife making. I've finally started getting the parts list together to build my forge and burners looking forward to the adventure.

    I've got a piece of 10" od 16" long ss pipe for my forge body so far heading to princess auto this weekend to get the fittings for my burners still trying to decide between a frosty T burner or a side arm burner like on zoeller forge site.
     
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    oiler20 New Member

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  3. Bigbear97

    Bigbear97 New Member

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    Awesome thank you
     
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    Jester4t7 New Member

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    cuatroXcuatro Active Member

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    You can make burners inexpensively, I'm using this design: https://youtube/PbvG4vVJqCw
    The only thing that you might have difficulty with is sourcing the drift with the proper angle for shaping the flare but no problem I'm close to Edmonton should you go this route.
    I have a list of all the parts you need to build the forge in the video and the burners, including the locations in Edmonton where you can get the stuff. I've built 2 single burner forges and one large dual burner, they all work great.
     
  6. Bigbear97

    Bigbear97 New Member

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    Cool thank you
     
  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    i used this design, to put on my two burner forge. They work fantastic. I had experimented with a couple of different variations on the ron reil burner and this one was, by far, the easiest to keep the nozzle centered in the reducer. It works great. You can hear it sucking the air in and i get a nice blue flame with the lighter blue cone inside.. super hot..

    I just got my forge together too. I guess i should post photos of it. Once the heat resistant mortar sets, i will do just that.
     
  8. Bigbear97

    Bigbear97 New Member

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    Cool thank you, looking forward to seeing your finished forge
     
  9. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    i should clarify. I did make one change. Instead of putting the nozzle in the plug with a hole drilled through, i made the hole large enough (I used a 1-1/4" bell reducer and plug) to put my 1/8" black pipe (with a cap and hole) through. This actually had the added benefit of letting me slide the pipe in and out somewhat to adjust the air/propane mixture point. It turns out, it burns much better if the nozzle is at least a couple of inches inside the reducer. I'll take a pic later today and post it.
     
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  10. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Aaargh!!! Sometimes this hobby is so frustrating. No matter how much you read and plan and prepare, somethings just go wrong. I got my homemade perlite and sodium silicate insulation all mixed and set. Then i bought a couple tubs of high heat mortar to seal the outside. I was tough to apply (that stuff is chunky as heck) but I did a decent job. I let it sit for 3 days instead of the suggest 1 before heat curing as instructed. BAM!! Bubbles, everywhere. looks awful. I popped on and it's not really impacting the layer beneath but, it looks gross and may thin out the "seal" layer. Sigh... i checked online and it's not supposed to be a big deal. They will either settle back down on their own, you can pop them and then leave them or apply new mortar, or you can "push" them down with some flat stock. I'm just nit picky about this kind of thing really. I guess I'll pop the bubbles and then add another thin layer to try to smooth it out. They say you can add water to mix it in order to smooth it out some but it also is what caused the bubbles. So you either get chunks of crap that you can't spread or the water content is too high and you get enough bubbles to put a smile on Lawrence Welk's face (obscure reference !?!) Can't win.

    Oh and Dan, I may start assembling my sayber this weekend. Excitement levels are through the roof!! My current crisis is what colour to paint it. I like bright colours on tools. Hard to bump into or lose that way.
     
  11. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    "An’ a one, an’ a two …"

    I'd look at the unswept floor under your current grinder. Find the Pantone for that shade and go with it. LOL
     

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