I am trying to build a small foundry. I am unable to locate a place to buy a gas burner suitable for melting bronze and steel. I would appreciate any helpful information.
Has anyone used a burnout kiln for Raku or a Raku kiln for burnout?
[Melting bronze isn't too hard. Steel is a whole 'nother matter.]
[Yes, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea. It depends on the configuration of the kiln: you don't want the flames directly hitting your mold.]
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My 'burner' is made from: one 9 x 1 1/2' piece of thin walled metal pipe, one gas barbeque fitting, one 1 1/2' pvc pipe fitting [for air control] a cast iron fitting on the hot end and one small vacuum cleaner set on 'blow'. the vacuum blows into the pvc fitting which is attatched to the steel pipe which has a hole drilled in it to take the barbeque fitting and this fits into a 3' piece of cast iron. This will eventually melt so it's replacable. If this sounds too complicated just get a 'tiger torch' [a propane fired roofers torch], that seems to be the weapons of choice for most backyard foundry types. Rick smith
may be you should call that Art Works in Berkely. They might be able to piont you in the right direction.
A piece of 2" pipe with a leaf blower on one end, the furnace on the other and 1/4" pipe with propane in the middle.
You can use used motor oil or cooking oil as well or with the propane.
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