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Vulcan's Chariot is ready to tune.

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Fred.Rowe, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Vulcan's Chariot, came out of a long conversation with an old hot rodding buddy. We talked about hot rods and then forges and somehow got the two mixed in together.
    This is what I think Vulcan, god of the forge, would have had under the hood of his chariot.:D


    We have set this Saturday as tuning day for the new forge. I have not installed the pid controller or thermocouple but we will be able to run it manually. Both the air and gas come in under the table to keep them out of the way. I am using a 150 cfm blower to supply the air. The gas comes from a well head a thousand feet from the shop. I will make sure and take pictures on Saturday, when we fire it up and then post them the following week.

    Happy to answer any questions, Fred



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  2. kibuddha4

    kibuddha4

    201
    Apr 10, 2005
    That rocks! I like it.:thumbup:

    -Mike Sheffield
     
  3. Wulf

    Wulf

    May 10, 2000
    that's slick! I hope the paint holds up to the heat
     
  4. indian george

    indian george

    Feb 15, 1999
    Looks cool Leatherface.:thumbup: Did you check the temp in the drawer yet?????:confused:
     
  5. fitzo

    fitzo

    Aug 14, 2001
    It looks pretty darned cool, Fred. :thumbup: I think you might want to hook it down to the base, though. Might take off!:eek: Most forges they measure in BTU. This one might be measured in pounds of thrust! :)
     
  6. Raymond Richard

    Raymond Richard

    Jun 17, 2001
    Fred, Where did you put the wheels? Great looking forge. Looks like it would melt anything you stuck inside it.
     
  7. fitzo

    fitzo

    Aug 14, 2001
    I was just reminded of something....
    This thing reminds me of Art Arfons and the Green Monster! :D
     
  8. sunshadow

    sunshadow

    Oct 2, 2006
    no man that things pure Barris! (Ok maybe a little RF)

    Love it!

    -Page
     
  9. Robert Dark

    Robert Dark

    Aug 27, 2004
    Dang Fred, Is that a forge or a Nuclear Reactor ?

    Barris, Rat Fink, Arfon....... Haven't heard those names in a while. Brings back fond memories.

    Get back to work Fred and don't forget to contact Homeland Security before firing that thing off.:D

    Robert
     
  10. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Fred, That is really cool !:thumbup:
    Stacy
     
  11. bennett

    bennett

    212
    Sep 22, 2005
    Man, that is SWEET:cool: Could you tell us a bit about the burners - what size are they, how's the air delivered, etc...?
     
  12. Bill Armstrong

    Bill Armstrong

    134
    Nov 17, 2006
    Wow! It gives the impression of what come out the back of the Shuttle! Blue Flame!
     
  13. ddavelarsen

    ddavelarsen

    Dec 7, 2000
    Whoa man, I was thinking the same thing!

    Fred, that just rocks. Can't wait to hear the next report. I'd agree you better nail that bad boy down!
     
  14. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    I used engine paint. That said, I don't know of any engine that operates at 2300fh. I wanted it to be pretty for the pictures, after that, I hadn't made any long term plans. No wash and wax.:D

    Fred
     
  15. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Hi Ig,

    I haven't yet but will let you know when I do test it.

    Fred
     
  16. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Hi Ig,

    I haven't yet but will let you know when I do test it.

    What temperature do you bake pizza? Maybe those French bread things would fit.:D

    Fred
     
  17. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Thanks Raymond! It was great fun to build and I am looking forward to forging some caned steel in the oversize interior.

    Fred
     
  18. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Art Arfons! wow that is a blast from the past. Those were heady days when guys still built them out back under a tree. I liked that approach.:thumbup:

    Fred
     
  19. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Hi Robert,

    You are correct. I need to get back to work. I have been working on this thing for six weeks or so and am anxious to make some knives.
    A lot of the work took place under the table where you cant see it. This forge runs two parallel gas/air inputs, by way of bladesmith, that resulted in quite a bit of piping in order to supply them. I'll post some under the table pics next week so you can see what I mean.

    Fred
     
  20. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    I really appreciate your input Stacy. Thanks for taking the time to show me the dual fuel/air system layout.

    Fred
     

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