Hi guys, I'm being a bit lazy here. I don't want to spend a month
wandering around the internet buzz to analyze a bunch of opinions by
people who probably have never done the work.
So, here's what I'm looking for. I bought Larry Williams' tape on
making hollows and rounds and he talks about heat treating irons using a
torch on a propane tank along with a couple fire bricks to contain the
heat. Then he talks a little about how to identify the proper
temperature. So, I'd like some pointers from folks who have actually
done this; I know you are out there.
I'm looking at a propane torch like this from HD:
500K BTU ought to do it, right?
To determine the right temperature, I've heard of going by color, I've
heard of using a magnet (like I'm gonna stick a magnet to a chunk of
metal at a 1000 degrees) Larry Williams talks about 'watching the metal
sweat'. So, can someone point me to something that works?
Quenching, I hear abut vegetable oil, peanut oil (smells better, they
say) and I guess old motor oil would be ver botem, too flammable, right?
So, any one doing this at home? Any videos out there on how I want to
approach this? Any help much appreciated.
in Nottingham, PA
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