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Build an Oil Fired Tilting Furnace (The Small foundry series) Paperback – September 12, 2001

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"The book will provide a set of plans for an oil and or propane fired, 50 pound capacity aluminum melting furnace. The furnace will tilt around the spout and not the center of gravity so that the stream of molten metal remains in a fixed location and does not change with the furnace angle. The furnace will melt 100 pounds of aluminum per hour...the furnace is to be built from common materials such as sand, clay, rectangular tubing and an old 30 gallon drum. The furnace will be built for $200 or less."

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Product Details

  • Series: The Small foundry series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Steve Chastain (September 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970220316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970220318
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Funk on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you love to build things and are always doing "weird" things in your garage, then this project might be for you. You might want to check with your neighbors and local ordinances before firing it up. This is not a trivial undertaking.
Seriously, this is a well-researched book on how to build a furnace for melting relatively large quantities of aluminum (by home shop standards). The furnace is designed so that the entire furnace and crucible tilts about the pouring spout so that one person can safely pour the 50 pounds of aluminum that you will generate with each heat. The book is 192 pages of very tightly written instructions and almost every page has at least one engineering graph, photo, or engineering sketch that help with the engineering and construction of the furnace. The instructions given are complete enough so experienced metal workers should be able to complete the project without too much difficulty. You will need access to an oxy-acetylene torch, arc welder, and lathe.
The book is divided roughly into two parts, engineering design and furnace construction. The design portion of the book is very thorough. The section starts by describing the different types of foundry furnaces and their benefits. The tilting furnace allows melting of quantities larger than one person could lift and pour from a lift-out crucible furnace that is common in home hobby foundries. Chastain then quickly moves into the design calculations used for his furnace design. His purpose for such design detail is to provide the builder with the knowledge necessary to make modifications to the furnace. If you are interested in home foundry work this section will be very interesting regardless of your intention to build the furnace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fev on November 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book that has all the calculations and everything worked out. He tells how to independently design your furnace in case you want something slightly different and what to take into consideration. Unfortunately, it requires a lathe, quite a few welds, a cut off saw that can cut metal, and an oxyacetylene cutting torch. But if you already have those, you can make this furnace for a reasonable price and ease.
Trevor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marvin G. Zeigler on October 20, 2001
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Steve has writen anouther great book. I am designing my own furnace using his book. You can build the furnace just like Steve did or change the design as I'm doing. I'm no math wiz but the book takes all the mistery out of building a furnace and getting it right. All the math is explained and Steve has included many charts that will help also. I expect my furnace to work very well by using the book to design it. A very well writen book in my opinion.
Marvin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Mowatt-Wilson on February 23, 2007
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Good book, practical and clear. Arrived very promptly at the other side of the world.
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I have read a few of Steve Chastain's books, and they all deal with the practical implementation of tools and methods. this book details the construction of the tilting furnace, complete with waste oil burner. The level of detail is suited to the target audience, and the component parts of the furnace are discussed as a system so a "tinkerer" can choose to modify parts as required.
Weel worth the the read.
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By Fry on January 26, 2013
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Very informative and has a lot of useful information but is very complicated and vague on the list of materials. It would have been much easier to follow and build if it had a basic list of materials you needed and a solid step by step instruction process. I will not be building the furnace described in the book but I will be using some of the formulas and information to build a different, simpler one.
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