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Archie Zietman

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  1. Turns out I just had way too little gas going in, like y'all were saying. I drilled the mig tip out to 1/16th inch, and the forge lit right up. Haven't cranked it up to welding heat yet, but I've done some forging at yellow heats this morning, and annealed some copper. It'll get to welding no problem. I think I'm going to add a kaowool door to the front, just to bump up the efficiency, I was blocking it up with hard firebrick today which took a while to heat up.


    Thanks for al your help!


  2. Hello Folks,

    I'm sure that this question has been addressed before, but I couldn't find an appropriate thread with search. I have just build a very small blown gas forge, interior dimensions are 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and 4 inches tall, lined with Kaowool and Satanite. My burner is blown, 3/4 inch black iron pipe with a 60cfm Fasco blower providing the air, and gas coming through a standard low pressure grey hose at 1psi, regulated by a needle valve, and comes out of a .035 welding tip. My problem is this: When I turn on only gas, it lights up with an appreciable flame, mostly in the forge chamber, so the flame holder seems to be working fine. But when I turn on the air, even so little air that it's hardly a whisper, the gas flame blows out, and starting air first and then gas isn't working. I can't even get it started. Any suggestions? I'm thinking that maybe the forge chamber is too small for the burner? I really have no idea. If you need pictures, I'll put some up.



    Thanks in advance,



  3. Hey, Dick!

    Yeah... I was running it out of the wall. It got really hot really quickly. I was stupid to not have checked if it was ac or dc. But now that I know, I can probably make some use of it, without it exploding. Are there ac to dc adapters?* Thanks for the advice with the catalog, by the way, I'm going from their website. If you search the website, they have 2 models of 60cfm fasco blowers they're green and fairly heavy duty, steel housings and whatnot. I'm getting number 16-1404, as 60cfm for this forge is already significantly too much air. I actually got a chance to see one in action, so I know it's pretty quiet. I checked out the two which you suggested, and of the two I would have gone with the more expensive one, but it felt like overkill squared, so I got a smaller one.

    Thanks for your help, especially about the small dc blower!


    * edit: Answered my own question: yes there are ac to dc converters, I just need to find a 120ac to 24dc converter.

  4. Hey, thanks for the advice!

    I tried insulating it with foam, with a pipe hanging off the intake, and in a box, and with a fox, and in the rain and with a train, but it's still too noisy for me, so I'm looking into just getting a quieter blower. I also just realized that it's dc, not AC, would that make it run louder? If I don't use it, it would cost me more to return the blower than I paid for it (I have to pay for shipping) so I'm looking into other blowers. Do any of you have experience with this one? I've heard it's quite quiet, the motor turns half as quickly as the little one, so it should be quieter, I am thinking.

    You can see both of the blowers on surpluscenter.com . I'm considering getting the 60 cfm fasco centrifugal blower, and the one I'm not using is the "20 cfm vdc blower".




  5. Hey Folks,

    So, I just got this little blower, it's absolutely tiny, which is what I need, only trouble is that it sounds like across between a circular saw and a mac truck. I like my (relative) quiet, me, so I'm looking into ways to shut the little feller up. I'm thinking of putting it in a padded box, maybe with air vents so's it won't overheat? Are there sound dampening paints? Or should I just turn the music up louder?




  6. Here are some pictures. There is a fourth wire which is for 3-way installations, unsure whether I need it (the red one with the little flag-notice on it). The red wires both have a temperature marking on them (105 degrees C), so I'm guessing they're hot. I need to splice this thing into the middle of a wire, like an extension cord, and need some help. I hope the pictures help.



  7. Been a long time since I've been here. Hello again!

    I have a basic electronics question: I want to install an on-off switch to my blower (one of my teachers a few years back had a light switch spliced between the blower and plug I think? It was definitely a light switch). So I bought a switch, but it only has 3 wires: 1 hot, 1 neutral and 1 ground. I'd think you'd want two of each in order to splice it into a power cord? How comes it that you only need one trio of wires? I'm just utterly baffled, and am in need of pictures or drawings to explain how it is done.


    Thanks eversomuch,



    P.S. Can you tell I'm not an electrician? :)


    edited for clarity and a typo

  8. Geoff, I couldn't agree more about the schmaltz. My mum always has some handy. Do you know the exact translation for Kugal? Here in the NE kugal always seems to include some kind of baked noodles. Is it just yiddish for generic starch? Tonight is twice baked taters and broccoli, later this week is latkes, and when I eventually do a roast chicken I'll have the schmaltz for Bulba Kugal.

  9. Huh, I'd never thought to pop it in the window to stimulate growth, I usually just pop a few in a box o' dirt in the window and that's fine, though it's quite slow to start. Great tip, thanks! I'll try it.

  10. Thanks for the replies so far, I'm picking up another 50lbs of baking taters tomorrow morning first thing, so now baked potato recipes are up too. (My dorm room is starting to look like a pantry, what with the canned goods, spices hanging from the ceiling, sacks of flour and potatoes, all of which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy).

  11. Wullo!

    I just bought 50 lbs of generic Red Potatos ($10 for 50 pounds? Heck yeah!). That's a lot of potatos. Give me as many ways you can think of off of the top of your head to cook 'em! (Potato jokes are also welcome)



  12. Wullo!

    Would a socketed axe, (instead of a drifted hole for the handle, it would have a socket like on some chisels) work? Have any cultures in the past used them? How might their performance differ from drifted axes of a similar weight?


    be merry,


  13. Thanks Sam, I already have a 50 lb fisher I have worked on, on a regular basis for the last two years. I'm looking to upsize significantly, since I've gone part time into blacksmithing and get lots of requests for larger things. Good link though, maybe the admins could put that in the beginner's section?

  14. Wullo!

    I've heard it thrown around that pattern welding can reduce the amount of metal you are working with significantly. Why is this? Scale? Getting your steel so hot and hitting it so hard that some molten steel squirts out along with the flux? Why would pattern welding lead to lots of material loss?


    be merry,

    Archie who is going to try forge welding tomorrow morning :)

  15. Hello!

    I just got some wrought iron: Two 6 inch long chunk of fairly coarse 1 inch round, and about a foot of very fine grained 1/2 inch round. What shall i make with them? I'm thinking of making some san-mai wrought iron and railroad clip chinese chef knives. The 1/2 inch I have no idea what to do with it.


    be merry!


  16. Wullo!

    I have two railroad clips, and two railroad ties. The ties are 3/4 inch round, they are those squiggly ones that are tied in knots through the track sides. The clips are 1 1/4 inch wide by 1/2 inch thick by one foot long, bent in a squiggly e-shaped thing. What kinds of steel are they? I remember someone saying ties are close to 5160, and the clips are 1080? The Junkyard Steels chart I found doesn't say.


    Thanks eversomuch,


  17. I based my old solid forge design on this. I used it for a good year or more, and it was great. Only difference was that I used dirt, instead of ash at first, just mixing in the ash as I went. Dirt doesn't insulate as well as ash, but it means you can use the design and not have to wait for a supply of ash to come around. Gonna re-build it so I can use solid fuel again when I run out of oil.


    Is the side draft tuyere fixed in place, or can you adjust the height, and therefore depth, of the firepot? Also, how does it do for small fires for small work? I've only seen pictures of it with a big firepot dug out.


    be merry!


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