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  1. Hey Larry, I saw it... recorded it and have been talking it up since the article in the Bristol newspaper (front page no less). we all thought it was a great show. Your role in it was well done, purty comfortable in front of the camera for a hillbilly young'un like yourself. Randy Skidmore
  2. Ed, yes she was. Beautiful work you do. Randy
  3. Thats some fine work. My great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother would be proud..... thanks for naming it after her! Randy
  4. OK, I can see that. I was thinking that it looked like some nice ore from the pics... I did one run with some ore that was little more than magnetic sandstone (after roasting) and only got a couple lbs of iron from more than 35 lbs of ore.. talk about gooey slag! it was like cold taffy coming out of the furnace. nasty stuff. But I had to try it. If you want me to try something, just tell me it cant be done LOL. Randy
  5. The hammer turned out great. Did you expect more bloom from that much ore? Not that I wouldnt be happy with that return on an unknown ore. I know.... you never know until you do it, but I was just wondering what your expectations were... Looks like its starting to consolidate some. I bet a few flatten and stacks later it will fall right into line. Keep up the good work! Smelters everywhere are watching! Randy Skidmore
  6. Great job. Nice lazy, hazy blue flame on top.... cant ask for it to run better. Video said it all...good job Jesus. Randy
  7. Mark, you have to be one of the luckiest (or maybe persistent?) people I know when it comes to finding good ore. Something I do to reduce the shrapnel from roasting ore is to get a few empty 5 gallon oil cans ( the kind with pull up tabs to remove the lids) and fill them about half full with ore. Remove the gasket from the lid and cut out the pull up plastic spout then put the lid back on the can.... build fire, add buckets and relax. They will burn out after a few roasts but are free and it beats dodging hot rocks. Thanks for sharing your trip... and congrats to the couple! Randy
  8. Thanks for sharing your adventure Scott. Just adding to the info, here is a link to some info on a furnace site not far from me. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM48Q1_Newlee_Iron_Furnace_Cumberland_Gap_National_Historical_Park_Historic_District_Lee_County_VA I am amazed by these old structures! Randy
  9. Wow, you've been busy! Nice dense material. Once I get chunks down small enough to fit into my gas forge I put the power hammer to use... getting to that point can be a time consuming challenge tho. Randy
  10. Mark, how much charcoal did the furnace consume for this smelt? I typically go thru about 75-80 lbs of charcoal in an 8" furnace ... I use small charges of ore (usually less than a pound per charge along with 4" of charcoal in the stack) attempting to get higher carbon material. So far the blooms, although small (10 lb or less), have been in the carbon range I am looking for. Small blooms are a plus when it comes to re-heating and consolidating. Randy
  11. Charcoal is definitely the biggest expense to making a bloom..... but making your own steel is priceless! Thats another great looking chunk .... I gotta get me some of those magical peeps. Randy
  12. Sweeeeeettttt!!!! nice solid lookin' bloom, I like the pic with the dragon looking over its' offspring.... Randy Skidmore
  13. luck to you! I'm anxious to see what comes of it Randy
  14. I'm following this with much interest... nothing to add as far as experience with this type of furnace. It's definitely something I want to try tho. Randy
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