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Per Zoratu's suggestion

Ok, I'm not dead; I'll post another entry.

Let no one say I don't think long term.

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# Post an Entry
Last updated 122 weeks ago

Ok, I'm not dead; I'll post another entry.

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So, yesterday I got some real charcoal. Or as they call it "Natural Lump Charcoal". "Cowboy brand". It gets much hotter :)

I redid the brick layout to make it more of a "front and back" layout. As it was, I could only stick the tips in from the top, and couldn't heat any part more then 4 inches from the end. So, I kept the base but for the top layer I put two bricks on the side, and put one at the other end laying down, just to help keep the coals from falling out. Finally I put the extra brick on the top(and I really have *no* idea if that helped at all).

I got the fire going, but couldn't get it nearly up to heat. The problem was I still had a lot of ash from the last try clogging the air holes, with that removed it got very, very hot. I couldn't get the iron whitehot, but with only a little rearrangement that could be possible. I noticed that the concrete bricks were glowing at places, so I stopped working on it.

I put water on it to put it out; in fact, I left the hose running on it for a half an hour, and the bricks were still warm.

Here are the pics: http://flickr.com/photos/30415033@N00/sets/
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Home
Current Mood:
complacent complacent
Current Music:
TYR/How Far to Asgaard
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So, I went to Indiana last weekend with a couple of friends. We camped out in cabins next to a lake. Some of the people that we met there had brought a forge and I spend a good part of Friday and most of Saturday with them learning how to use it.

On Friday, I made a squigly line that looked kinda like a treble clef. Basically, I was just banging Iron to see how it worked, and when I noticed it starting to look clef-ish, I decided to make it into a clef.

Saturday, I set out to make a stand for my drinking horn. The first try wasn't going great, but was brought to a premature end when I left it in the fire too long, and the middle of it melted into two pieces. The remainder of what had been the middle of the piece was oxidized and brittle. The second try saturday worked out great.

When I got back to Raleigh, I decided to try to make a forge for fun to start out.

It's kinda a funny story so far. I wanted to see if what I had though up would work without looking too much at other plans for the first iteration, so I started with a $5 charcoal grill from the local grocery store and used a nail to punch some air holes in the bottom. I put a hair dryer sticking up on the bottom as bellows. It got the fire going pretty good, but then the hair dryer died. I thought maybe it was getting clogged and couldn't get enough air through it because it was standing with it's intake against the ground, so I got a 3" ventilation pipe elbow and another hair dryer. This time I was able to get re-bar to glow orange hot.

I played with the iron for a minute using a rock as an anvil, and then I went to turn the hair dryer back on and it didn't work. When I pulled the hair dryer out of the pipe I found that the plastic on the front had melted and caught fire, so I unplugged it and threw it in the bucket of water.

Third time is the charm, as they say. I went shopping again and got a 3' section of the 3" vent pipe and another hair dryer, and that far off it's perfectly cool.

I can still only get the iron orange hot, but I could put a elbow in it. However, I did break the rock doing it :)

I think I'm going to see if I can make the fire more vertical and see if that helps. Then I think it's time to start looking at real plans or buying a already made forge. OTOH, if this works well enough, I might just buy and anvil first.

I should take pictures :)
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Raleigh
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artistic
Current Music:
Danny Elfman
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Yesterday I turned 0x1e years old.
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April posted a test that actually looks like it really might be interesting, not just one of those silly tests that everyone always puts in these things.
The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up.
Please do mine here
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Oh Great Cthulhu!

I have been an extremely sedulous devotee this year.

In June, I bombed a cultist gathering (-100 points). In January, I rescued [info]ladymoondance from being sacrificed (-200 points). In July, I recruited [info]zoratu as a new cultist (30 points). In May, I made a burnt offering to the Dead Dreamer (100 points). In April, I legally changed my name to Randolph Carter (-40 points). In December, I called down the wrath of Yog-Sothoth upon [info]ladymoondance (65 points).

In short, I have been very bad (-145 points) and deserve to be flayed alive.


Your humble and obedient servant,
dsmouse


Submit your own plea to Cthulhu!

Name some friends or leave them blank and let me look them up myself:
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A process of relaying a story having a timeline and a unique plot involving characters comprises: indicating a character's desire at a first time in the timeline for at least one of the following: a) to remain asleep or unconscious until a particular event occurs; and b) to forget or be substantially unable to recall substantially all events during the time period from the first time until a particular event occurs; indicating the character's substantial inability at a time after the occurrence of the particular event to recall substantially all events during the time period from the first time to the occurrence of the particular event; and indicating that during the time period the character was an active participant in a plurality of events.

That's a hell of a patent application.

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Wikipedia artical on Gary Birdsong
Wow. Wikipedia has EVERYTHING.
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