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another rabbit hole I'm starting down...

Discussion in 'The Off Topic Room' started by MotoMike, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

  2. MattS

    MattS Founding Member

    Sweet. I am liking the way this is starting. Could be a forge, or a smokehouse. I am tuned in either way.
     
  3. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

  4. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  5. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Ha, a bit much for a smoker I think. it does throw a lot of heat. have an old portable air tank that I've begun retrofitting for the burner. got the end cut off today and holes to work through. welded a mount for the burner to the top of the tank. waiting now for the ceramic blanket, rigidizer and Satinite refractory to arrive. a conduit coupler would have been the ticket for the burner mount, but the local did not have it, so got a piece of 1.5 inch black pipe. turns out that it was probably pushing it for my mig welder. I got it on, but not proud of the welds
     
  6. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  7. marc4pt0

    marc4pt0 Founding Member

    An old buddy of mine did something similar to this, but it was for his heavy duty cast iron skillet. He would get it ripping hot and sear ribeye on it. It was outstanding. He'd get it going for large cookout.
    The texture, sear, aromas and flavor have not been forgotten
     
  8. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    I could see it for the steak cooker too. this thing roars quit a bit when running. but I think it would get the cast iron up to sear quickly.
     
  9. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    A peice of 1 inch steel street plate makes a dandy flat top substitute.
     
  10. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    forge (1).jpg forge (2).jpg

    Not destined for the thin blue line...
     
  11. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  12. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Red Green, eat your heart out!
     
  13. got a hammer too?
     
  14. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Not a sweet hammer, but a selection that will get me started. mjr_nov_hunt-2.jpg
     
  15. hehehe, good luck! I'm tuned in.
     
  16. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    had considered welding it together once the insulation was in. but that, I thought, would make applying the various coatings difficult, so I decided to put a hinge and latch on it. I know the welding sucks. I put a fan on me with all the doors open to move away any fumes from the galvanized and I think it pulled my gas away as well. anyway, a poor excuse is better than none. Probably fashion some handles for the latch and door.

    forge4.jpg forge3.jpg forge5.jpg
     
  17. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    got the insulation in it tonight. 2 layers of 1 inch koawool. coated it with colloidal silica rigidizer solution, seen being dried with my construction heater. tomorrow I will fire it to vitrify the rigidizer then apply the next coating.

    forge6.jpg forge7.jpg forge8.jpg
     
  18. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  19. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    thanks Jim
     
  20. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    a short burn setting the rigidizer. today I got the first coat of satinite on it. despite the flash you can see a bit of "dragon's breath" coming out of it.


    forge9.jpg forge10.jpg
     

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