I am not one to just sit around twiddling thumbs, even while awaiting performance from some other action (last post)
Nope, I have to do things, not sit and bitch.
Well, one of my other projects I had in mind finally started to come together. I found an old Propane bottle at the scrap yard for a song. I had found an old boiler plate (1/4″ steel, high carbon, Tough stuff let me tell you) in a creek after the loggers went through the area. and I needed to upgrade my woodstove so that I could get all night burns out of it (not getting up every 4 hours to feed the stove will be a big hit with me come winter. )
And I even took PICS for y’all!
And the burn in.(or in this case burn out) The odorizer they use for propane embeds itself into the steel. I dealt with that smell all day and ended up getting a headache from it. Time to burn it out so that I can move forward without the headache. That rod is holding the plate that will become the door. Lots more cutting and welding to do, but its getting there. Encouraging performance too! I put in only three logs and that fire burned for 7 hours. I used the heat to also clean off all that old paint, and attempted to blacken the shell. Old vegetable oil was my agent and it worked quite well. Just like seasoning a cast iron skillet.
Tank: Scrap yard, $3
Boiler plate: Recovered from creek locally, cut to size and cleaned up.$0
Square tube: Left overs from Bowpress project $0
Damper Plate: Stainless ‘valve’ from abandoned well. $0
Hinges: parts made a long time ago and will be modded to work for this
Pipe: From small kindling woodstove. Recycle recycle recycle! (Later, I may upgrade to 3” pipe, will see how this runs in the longterm first.)
Door Gasket: $10 including HighTemp epoxy (I splurged)
Cut off wheels: remaining discs from chop saw. Free since I used the hell out of the blades when they were full sized.
Welder: just part of the preps and something I wouldn’t want to do without (I have options though: 2 is 1, and 1 is none.)
And my favorite line from a T-shirt I have “It ain’t Rocket Surgery!”. And that is how I look at this world, if a big corporation can make it, chances are, so can I: I may have to be willing to substitute parts, but I can make it, and I can make it WORK. And I can do it on a dime if given time to find the scrap