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Doug Seward

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  1. Thanks guys. Christopher, I am happy to share all I know about BBQ anytime.
  2. I slacked off last night and didn't post any pics. The one below is as they went on to the grill. Charcoal consumption and cooking time were both up due to the cold. I was so glad it warmed up today to nearly 50F. On the grill around 10PM last night I pulled the briskest off the grill after 20 hours of cherry and pecan smoking. Love that cherry wood smoke ring. The whole load is being fan cooled on the back porch. Tomorrow morning, into the freezer they go for the next 2.5 weeks. One more item completed. Hope everyone enjoys the pics. -Doug
  3. This has become somewhat of a tradition, taunting you guys with a few pics of the "work in progress". As I compose this, the briskets are slumbering in their marinade on the back porch, in a cooler without ice (to keep them from freezing). I am starting to marinade myself in my well-needed, self-prescribed martini after three hours of brisket prep on top of too much snow shoveling and snowblowing. I sure hope it warms up tomorrow as it is currently 15F headed for a low of 9 degrees tonight. 45 pounds of briskets from Restaurant Depot Trimmed Whipping up some marinade Finally done Until tomorrow when they go on the smoker. Good Night. -Doug
  4. Thanks Justin, I would enjoy that. I'll let you know once we get closer and I have the logistics worked out. I want to come down early, but I need to work out reheating the BBQ in an alternative oven. Not everyone has a PID controlled oven in their basement. ;-)
  5. I decided to take the whole week off from work so I will have more time to prepare. I may also come down early. Just so early arrivals know, I am NOT cooking for Thursday night. And let's get some seasonable temperatures. BBQing briskets in sub 20F is not my idea of fun. -Doug
  6. Thanks Chris, but not necessary. My main constraint is time. So much to cook, so little time.
  7. Matt, Raisins are soaking in Buffalo Trace as I write this, since Thanksgiving actually. However, I am fine tuning the recipe of a secret alternative dessert instead of carrot cake. Another evaluation run is scheduled for this weekend at a friend's annual Christmas tree Bonfire. Stay tuned to find out if carrot cake is getting replaced. -Doug
  8. I couldn't and wouldn't miss it. -Doug
  9. Congrats on the successful move. It looks happy in it's new home. Thanks for sharing your pics. -Doug
  10. Here is my first edit of the video. -Doug
  11. Thanks John. Bruno, it is not going to the scrapyard -- That's where it came from. I am rethinking and removal and reuse of the face is a possibility, but I would need to beef up the thickness substantially to accommodate the losses during welding and grinding. I am weighing that effort against starting fresh. I knew I should have waited for the Blood Moon. -Doug
  12. Not giving up Chris, merely rethinking the project so I can apply what i have learned and reduce the risks. There were indicators in the project that we were treading close to the edge. The last pic in post #94 was the final warning sign. I knew what it likely indicated when I saw it; but optimism overcame me. I will heed the warnings next time. Collin, thanks. But for me, it is really not an anvil unless it is a great anvil. It is like the pile of unfinished blades sacrificed to the pursuit of an excellent knife; unfortunate, but necessary. Will start editing video tonight. -Doug
  13. Well, on the plus side, there was plenty of brisket and nobody got injured. The pump worked great and the face quenched sufficiently fast to skate a file. However... Despite our valiant effort, it became another "learning experience". Sadly, the weld made back in March was incomplete and we had delamination along one side of the face post quench. We tried the ball bearing test and it hit with a thud and only rebounded about 40-50%. Low-Tech Quenchant Flow Redirection Device ($62 3" elbow) I could blame it on the phase of the moon (rising, waxing gibbous) or the missed attempt to quench with whiskey or even Murphy... But I won't. No regrets; no excuses. If it was easy, someone else would have done it already. Failure is a better teacher than success. I look upon this entire project as a success for the people who have encouraged and helped me along the way and for the lessons I have learned. Edited Video, further discussion of lessons learned, and future process refinements to come. Thanks everyone. -Doug
  14. Quench Party this Saturday in Morgantown PA Tentative Schedule: (times are approximate -- we will do what we must, when we must) 10AM – Load up Anvil, Forge, Food and Supplies at my house 12PM – Unload Anvil and Setup Forge at Tom’s house 2:45PM – Go pickup trash pump from Rental 4:30PM – Setup pump at Tom’s house 5PM – Test Pump, practice choreography 5:30PM – Fire up Forge 5:45PM – BBQ served (Brisket, Slaw and whatever else I throw together) 7-8PM – Quench 8:15 – 10PM --- If quench is successful - Snap Temper If anyone wants to come, PM me for directions. -Doug
  15. Ric, That is a most amazingly generous offer. I am hoping it doesn't come to that, still I couldn't imagine a better backup plan. Thanks so much. We will know one way or the other in 12 days. -Doug
  16. Zeb - Thanks. I too enjoyed hanging out there. Looking forward to seeing what becomes of your bloom.
  17. Another normalization this evening at around 1575F (took over 2 hours to get there). Still cooling off. Interestingly, I did not see the significant temperature differential of the plate that I noticed last night. Hopefully the heat treat fairies will keep the warp and crack gremlins at bay. Quench party in two weeks. -Doug
  18. This evening I did the first Normalize cycle. It took about 90 minutes to get the temp up to around 1650 or so. Here is the setup. The internal volume of the forge is smaller than when we did the weld; it heated up faster this time. I took it up to forge temp of 1830F. I estimate the face temp around 1650F when we shut it down. I had intended to pull the forge off, but it proved too heavy for my son and I to lift. A problem to solve before the quench. This shot is during cooling. The goop on it is pbc anti-scale compound. The color difference of the plate has me worried. Time will tell. -Doug
  19. More grinding today. This time over at my neighbor's (John Gray) house to do the sides. He has a couple of nice grinders including a Hardcore and a TW-90. Both are excellent grinders, but we tripped the breakers a few times because they run on 120v. He is planning to move to a new shop where he will have 230v so we can re-wire the controllers. Up to this point, I have never needed a horizontal grinder, Today's work was made 10 times easier and faster by having access to one, actually two. The Hardcore proved the better choice only because it was closer to the height of the anvil and we only needed to shim it up with a 2x4 and some 1" plate. Thanks John helping me out with this. Just a little more polishing and etching to get it ready for Ashokan. -Doug
  20. And huge thanks to everyone who have helped me in this grand project and those following along for all your encouragement. It is what keeps me moving forward. "Anything worth doing is worth over-doing." -- a guiding principal for most of my life. -Doug
  21. Chuck, Thanks for your advice. I have admired your post anvils from afar and wish I had had the money to buy one back when you were making them. I saw the video of you quenching one in "super quench" and was very impressed. I would have figured you using a flood quench. I too am concerned regarding differential contraction during the quench. I do hope the forge weld was successful. If it wasn't, then I doubt we will get through the quench without cracking or worse. My plan is to grind down the overhang before the quench and gently radius corners and edges to minimize stress risers. Prior to the forge weld in March, we TIG welded all the way around the plate and I do not plan to grind through that weld. Regarding the heat treat, I was planning to use the same forge I used back in March at F&B. I figure a slower heat in a controlled forge will give more precise control over the temp. Since the face plate is effectively 1060, give or take, and as a shallow hardening steel, I think I only have a few seconds to get under the pearlite nose and I suspect that garden hoses will be insufficient to quench fast enough. I wish I had a fire hose. A trash pump with a 3" outlet is the closest I could come. The plan is to direct the stream squarely upon the face as you described. I plan to do at least one normalize in the dark, to look for differential heating/cooling indicative of an incomplete weld. I have seen this previously in damascus billets which are not completely welded. If I do see this, I may yet chicken out. Success or fail, it will be big. Thanks again for your suggestions, they are very much appreciated. -Doug
  22. After two cycles of ferric chloride etching and waterstone polishing, here it is. Ta Dah! The eye did not work as I had intended and appears closed. I think I might have flipped two of the component bars during assembly. And the twists are irregular and too loose. Oh well.... Another learning experience. Up next is edge grinding to remove the 1/8" overhang and square up the edges. After that, Normalizing. Haven't decided whether to do two or three cycles. I am thinking 1625-1650F, 1575F and 1525F if I go three cycles with maybe 15 - 30 minute soak once I hit the temp. Deker thinks I can get by with two cycles. I have PBC Antiscale compound to minimize the need to redo a lot of this grinding. If I continue with the normalizing, I will not bring it to Ashokan as there won't be anything to see until after the quench and final polish. The risk is that the quench could be catastrophic if the final weld isn't solid. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  23. Well, I finally got through the last of the 120 grit grinding marks. Hand sanding is finally done. I moved up to 220 grit and it looked pretty good. Next, I switched over to waterstones, 800 King, 1000 King and 2500 King. Those went pretty fast, although I could have spent a bit more time with each. Getting antsy about doing an etch. I then moved up to a 3-4K and 6K. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel: Tomorrow, more polish and then hopefully the vanity etch. -Doug
  24. Thanks guys. The Quench party is tentatively scheduled for Oct 4th in Morgantown, PA. One of my friends from work is donating his pool as a water supply and his back yard for the spectacle. I have lined up a 300-360 gal per minute pump. I hope that will be enough volume. Still some details to work out like the plumbing. More details to come as the date gets closer. Everyone is welcome. -Doug
  25. Gave up on the DMT stone (too scratchy) and moved on to hand sanding using 120 grit backed by half inch O1 plate. So far, maybe 5 hours at this grit. Still some grinding lines to get through. Like hand sanding a cleaver... At least it only has one side.
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