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Old 01-28-2020, 06:45 AM
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drying castables

i'm casting a new burner and gas forge and want to speed the drying of the econocast. parts are up tp 4" thick. is there a recommended temp and time to dry the parts before use?

i suppose it would be below the 212deg boil point of water. vic
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Old 01-28-2020, 08:24 AM
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You don't say how physically big the thing is Vic, but when I want to dry such things as crowns or gloryhole doors, I put the thing in a cardboard box with a 60-100 watt lightbulb for a number of days. The closed box usually gets up to about 140-150F which works well. If it's big enough, it might take two bulbs.

Don't let the lightbulb touch the box.
You may still have to drive off chemically bound water so when you fire it, use a bench torch to heat at first.
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Old 01-28-2020, 02:50 PM
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I slide doors under my furnace to dry over a week ... works great
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:22 AM
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i think ill just stick them in the annealer at ~ 150 for a while 1-2 days then give them a slow firing when the unit is put together. slow fluffy flame for another day. v
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Can’t wait to see what you make with the forge Vic!!
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:24 PM
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damascus kitchen knives and wrought copper/bronze sculpture and lighting. v
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Nice. Don’t forget the cheese knives
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Blacksmithing is the new go to for established glass artists it seems.
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I’ve got a big blue power hammer and a 42”x8” gas forge that would make a good setup for those extra long Damascus kitchen knives......
They don’t get used much anymore......

4 set of dies

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......Just saying 👍
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Old 02-02-2020, 09:15 AM
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mighty big forge. mine is 16x8x6.
built a 24ton press, have an anyang 15kilo hammer and upgraded my lathe, bridgeport and band saw.

glass and metals has always fascinated me so we'll see where this all goes.
i'm with pete and let the exploration continue!

fyi i took 12 years off from sculpture to build my house and now that it's finished i can spend more time having fun' and pete i'm doing my first bourbon runs starting today. trying to get 4-5 10gallon kegs filled in the next 4 or so months.
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Old 02-02-2020, 09:32 AM
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How bout a cnc plasma table...��

Need to here more about the bourbon.....are you making it?

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How bout a cnc plasma table...��

Need to here more about the bourbon.....are you making it?
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We both make it. I do single malts.
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im a corn/rye/malt kind of guy. v
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Here in the foot hills of n.e.ga. they call homemade corn whiskey “Moonshine” or “white lightning”......
I was a little reluctant at first to try some of it, especially the peach flavored.


Here’s a tune you guys might want to listen to while making your stuff. Seriously, it’s a good song, one of my favorites.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yQY1TtqVhxQ
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:19 PM
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"White lightning", because it was never aged in a charred oak barrel which gives color to it. White is really raw.
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This song always jumps to mind for me whenever the subject comes up:

https://youtu.be/4y8fMHJ0zt0
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