The "2 bucks" furnace

Part 3: Back in business

The pics here are a mix from 2 of the 3 furnace runs I've had since repatching the furnace. I'm very pleased. What if I rigged this baby to burn Mapp® gas...-- Jan./24/2002

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Here's the base of the furnace with a 2 pound load of molten aluminum at 3:00AM (I couldn't wait!). This thing gets hot really fast! The crucible was loaded with a 2 pound block of aluminum and I was pouring it 18 minutes after lighting the furnace!

No flare is used on the burner while it's in the furnace.

Here I am lifting the crucible out with my new tongs that I hurriedly threw together. No reaching in for the crucible with pliers on this monster. Hey wait a minute! I'm indoors (But with plenty of ventilation and on a fire resistant floor). The basement just barely edged out the living room.

Here I'm pouring some ingots. Almost need a welding helmet to look at the crucible.

Oops, I'm breaking the "rules" by wearing short sleaves! Sometimes you can get overly comfortable...

These are the ingots and here's also that ingot mold I said I was welding together.

This is the furnace run that provided the metal for the lathe project's splitnut casting. It's taken at about 11:00PM. That little flame on the side is peaking out a gap in the furnace halve's refractory.

In this picture I've poured the splitnut casting and am pouring some ingots with the remainder.

Part 1: Building the furnace - Part 2: Firing this bad boy... Part 3: Back in business


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