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Thanksgiving experiment smelts


Mark Green

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Hi Gang,

 

This weekend, I will be doing a smelt using the more dense/shiny ore from the easy ore site. Just to see if there is any difference, My next experiment will be just the fluffy easy ore.

 

Watch here for results: https://picasaweb.google.com/106800196895572422821/ThanksgivingWeekendExperiments#

 

I also plan a crucible smelt using my own bloom irons.

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/106800196895572422821/CrucibleBloomFluffRoast#

 

Wish me luck!

 

Mark

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That's a great idea Lee. I've been meaning to do that.

I will do some of the straight up easy ore bar, this weekend. And some of the peep, haw river, local magnetite, and bloom fluff mix, as well.

I just filled up all my gas bottles.

My outside vice, broke, the last time I was going to do all that, and I have not thought about it. Even though I have been making bars like crazy.

 

In fact, I have squared up about 5 ft of bars, for twisting, but these are all folded a few times.

I'll see if someone has a vice on sale black friday. ;)

 

Mark

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Good luck with the expirements! You'd probably be better served to find an old post vise instead of any store bought crap. I've had no luck with bench vises produced in the last 50 years, none of them will take a beating at all. Here's one on craigslist not too far from you ( http://greensboro.craigslist.org/tls/3387128085.html )

 

Zeb

 

 

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Hey thanks Zeb, I'm headed over to see him.

 

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Hi Gang,

 

Well, good experiment. The more solid/dense ore made a full, 25% plus, bloom.

 

11.75 lbs, of very solid bloom, and 2+ lbs of good fluff, from 49 lbs ore.

 

Time for some turkey. I'll post pics and story later.

 

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Mark

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Hi Gang,

 

So, while the crucible smelt was starting on the cool down, I fired up the bloom squishing forge, and went to try Lee Sauders twist test, on the bloom from yesterday.

 

I ran it through two quick square ups in the press, and cut of a chunk, I thought would be plenty big for the test. I was at once, very impressed with the way this bloom was working.

 

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After only two heats, and quick square ups. I was feeling pretty good about it.

 

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Making the test piece. I think lee's were 5/8th or so, so that was what I was shooting for.

 

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Just over 2 and 1/2+ full turns hot.

 

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I turned it over for the colder test. At just black hot, I couldn't turn it but a quarter turn, before I couldn't turn it at all. It never broke.

 

 

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The close pics of the grain size were crap, but here is one anyway. Very small grain.

 

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As I have nothing of my own to compare this with,YET. I will do a few more, from all the different ores I have used this year.

Thanks for reminding me Lee. :P/>

 

Mark

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(cptn. Mal)

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