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  1. PatJ attached a file to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    Molten iron is some strange looking stuff. Here are two photos from an art-iron pour at the local metal museum, and you can see zebra...

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  2. PatJ attached a file to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    I took this photo of the iron in the sand, and then took a photo of the clock and was surprised at how hot the iron remained this long...

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  3. PatJ attached a file to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    Here is the furnace at 7:49. You can see how hot the 1" thick refractory shell was towards the top (bright red). The lid did not seal...

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  4. PatJ attached a file to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    A photo looking down into the melt, early in the melting process. The solid scrap pieces are still visible. [ATTACH]

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  5. PatJ replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    The melt began at 7:30 PM, and I spent 10 minutes playing around with the blower and rigging up the temporary damper. The last video...

    Aug 16, 2018 at 12:04 AM
  6. PatJ attached a file to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    I think this was the last temperature reading that I photographed. I stopped reading temperature at this point since I figured the...

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  7. PatJ attached a file to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    The temperature probes are reading in the 100F range. It is difficult to see the decimal place on the readout. The extra hose length on...

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  8. PatJ replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    Scavenger started a thread several years ago called "The beach that is cast iron", or something very similar to that (located...

    Aug 15, 2018 at 11:21 PM
  9. PatJ replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    Iron is so different looking than a silvery aluminum melt. Iron is very red, and at the end it lays down perfectly flat much like...

    Aug 15, 2018 at 11:17 PM
  10. PatJ replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    I do want to try some limestone as a flux, to see if I can increase fluidity before the melt reaches pour time ( I have heard that it...

    Aug 15, 2018 at 11:14 PM
  11. DavidF replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    Thinking your seeing the melt pulsate as if influenced by a strong magnet?? add a few sparklies popping out and your just right....pour...

    Aug 15, 2018 at 11:02 PM
  12. DavidF replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    reading your edits, you have seen the same things I have. Try skimming the slag early to get to the clean heel and make additions from...

    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:59 PM
  13. DavidF replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    well, the guys doing the iron "just do it"... Ive had a pretty bad run in with slag as well.. seemed to me that having a clean heal to...

    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:35 PM
  14. PatJ replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    And helpful as ironsides and others have been, nobody has really done a very good write-up of how to do an iron pour (in my opinion)....

    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:26 PM
  15. DavidF replied to the thread A thin hotface beer keg furnace.

    Deep breath, and enjoy the sun sets....;)

    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:25 PM
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