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Conner Michaux

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  1. Oh I forgot to ask, the regulator I have is a 1-30 psi I think, what amount of gas do I want to be using? Less gas equals for more oxidation right?
  2. I drilled out the hole in the forge for the burner. I should be getting this thing running tonight. Thanks for the help everyone
  3. Thanks for the info, anyone have an idea of how I can mount this to the forge? I have no option to weld. Also how far should the burner be in the forge?
  4. That’s cheaper than the satanite, and kast o lite is what I originally wanted, looks like I’ll be ordering some of that this week! Thanks all. Quick question for the gas forge users, What do I need to do to make the propane tank not blow up? I had a bad first experience with gas forges, the burner I bought was not well made (apparently it was already fully assembled) but that didn’t stop the fact that fire was spitting out of all the fittings. What precautions should I take to ensure that I stay safe and not die.
  5. What you can see in the forge is the second layer of wool, the first one has full contact on the walls the entire way around the tank. I Have a second layer over the top of it and then a third on the floor. Probably over kill but I had lots of wool to use.
  6. There’s a brick on the floor of the forge, but I’ll make it thicker around the low walls. Thanks.
  7. So I just checked and apparently I’m out of satanite, and I checked on the price of kast o lite and I currently can’t afford it, so looks like I can only get a little bit of satanite, how much will 2 pounds of satanite spread? I think I will be fine with 2 but I’ll just check here first.
  8. Okay thanks. Is it okay to use the forge without a coating on the wool? I would use it outside and there is usually a little breeze so I would think that any particles from the wool would just blow away.
  9. Ive got the forge lined with wool, it took my a while but its in there. I used satanite to coat the first forge i made, but it cracks really easy and its not very durable, I would like to coat it in something that will last a while longer than satanite, what should I use?
  10. Thanks all, I think this propane forge i'm making will help out a ton, I wont burn things as much and i can heat steel up where i want it to be hot. And i wont keep burning the thin tips off of knives with tapers in them
  11. This just arrived at my doorstep today, from @Jeremy Blohm at this point I don’t know what I can say to thank you for all your generosity over the past year. I will be putting it to very good use.
  12. How should I go about putting the wool into the helium tank? I don't want to cut a massive hole into it because a big opening will let a lot of heat out. I'm going to cut the valve off now.
  13. Thanks for the info, I won’t cut the burner hole in I until I have it,. as to the doors, I was just going to cut a rectangular hole in both sides for doors, and then use fire bricks to cover it when I’m heating something up. Hopefully that will work to keep enough heat for forge welding in it. I want to keep everything as simple as possible, putting the burner together will be complicated enough.
  14. Thanks all, yep I’ve got plenty of Kaowool and satanite, probably enough wool for 2 layers, and some cast-able refractory to line the bottom with to protect the wool from flux. I’ll put it together tomorrow. The black beauty burner gets to welding heat right? I’m really hoping to do some wrapped tomahawks and a froe. Also, I don’t know how big of a hole to cut in the tank for the opening, and should I cut a vent In the back as well? I’m not doing anything huge right now so I don’t think a hole in the back is necessary. I think shooting it may be an option though, we will see
  15. So I’m going to change from a paint can to a small helium tank, the paint can is just too small, but this helium tank should work very well. I opened up the valve to let all the gas out, and it’s been open for a few weeks. How should I go about cutting into it? I don’t think the angle grinder is a good idea because the sparks will light up any gas that hasn’t got out yet.
  16. I follow all of your work on Instagram, this is definitely one of the coolest you guys have made. Great work
  17. I got to do some forging tonight, but it just led to further frustration of not being able to forge anything the way I want it to look like. Burned a bunch of stuff and melted some.
  18. Ive found Texas farrier supply has a good stock of rhynowet, Alecsteelco.com also has a bunch as well.
  19. Oh I like that one. I got out to the forge tonight and have started forging a big 2 foot long square taper, im going to make some sort of really big hook. I figured a taper of that size will help in some way or another.
  20. Unfortunately I don’t have very much time in the day due to schoolwork, when I have fuel and steel I usually try to get a few hours in a week, that’s if I have fuel and steel though. I’m going to do a little bit more modification to my forge, and then I will be able to make some bigger stuff.
  21. Thanks for the info all, I ask all my questions on the forum, but that doesn’t compare to having 1 on 1 mentoring. Ive looked everywhere I can find and the closest guild is 4 hours away. I’ll contact the Smiths in my area.
  22. The thing is, both of those Smith’s have classes, and I can’t afford to take a class. I don’t want to ask to take up their time for free. But I definitely can’t afford to pay 250-300 for a class. If I were to ask either of them they would probably refer me to their classes. See my dilemma?
  23. Ive been trying to find people around me, there are 2 people that I know of so far. one is http://www.boiseblacksmith.com/ and the other is http://www.durbinsforge.com/ I just don't know how to go about contacting them, I cant really email someone asking for them to help me forge a knife. I don't know how willing someone might be to help a teenager asking to have help forging. One of them lives within a few miles of me, but again I just don't know how to go about contacting them
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