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Description: ISBN: 0970220308, As new, no wear. Quite clean. 'Complete plans and operating instructions for a 10-inch diameter cupola that will melt 330 pounds of iron per hour when powered by a shop vac! Also included are plans for a high-pressure blower that will increase the output of the small furnace to 660 pounds per hour. You will learn how to: -Design and build any size cupola you need (capacity from 150 to 2500 pounds of iron per hour).' etc. Illustrated. 128 pages.
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Iron Melting Cupola Furnaces for the Small Foundry Paperback – July 1, 2000

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"Bridges the gap between academic text and the almost non-existent beginner information" --Home Shop Machinist

"He explains in detail how he built the furnace, the theory behind it, and how to operate it" --Farm Show Magazine

"pure meat, no fluff" --Lindsay Publications
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stephen D. Chastain; Third Printing edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970220308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970220301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Chastain has written a modern, comprehensive "how to" guide on the construction and operation of small cupola furnaces. I have built and operated a 10 inch cupola furnace using his book as the major reference. The chapters include:
1) Cupola theory and design considerations
2) Building a 10 inch cupola
3) Cupola operation
4) Air supply and blowers
5) Designing centrifugal fans
6) Construction of centrifugal fans
7) Construction of a Pitot tube and manometer
8) Calculation of Air Flow
9) Additional Cupolas based on the 15 inch shell
10) Oxygen enrichment
11) Purchase of Coke
12) Conclusion
Appendix:
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This 128 page book is a treasure trove for the amateur foundryman. It is absolutely packed with accurate information. I have operated a small propane fired crucible furnace for several years and needed larger volumes of cast iron. Without any prior experience I was able to build a functioning 10 inch cupola furnace. I made mistakes along the way. The two most glaring were not following the blower selection and cupola operation exactly. You can not take shortcuts, period. I was intimidated by the thought of building a powerful blower and tried to substitute insulation and dust collection blowers. It didn't work. Re-reading the book explained why in eloquent detail (with straight forward math to back it up). I had never built and balanced a blower before. Following the book I had a blower that worked the first time and exceeded design specifications. I picked the wrong size coke for the furnace and produced a disappointing quantity of cast iron as a result. Using the correct size coke and following the instructions remedied the situation.
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Stephen D. Chastain's book Iron Melting Cupola Furnaces for the Small Foundry is not a rewrite of information from the past but Steve has designed, built and has in use a cupola furnaces suitable for casting those obsolete iron parts you can no longer find or making proto types all in your back yard (But only if you have vary good neighbors that like you a great deal!). Steve's book has a good mix of practical information and theory. Using his little book, two of my friends and I have taken the detailed information presented and have fabricated a working coke burning cupola furnace (including the blower). I would not have started the project without his book. Steve also gives detailed information on running the furnace to melt iron. His book now kinds its self dog-eared, highlighted, annotated, and returned to often - it is well worth the money.
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I won't re-iterate the previous good reviews on this book. However, there's one review in which the author mentions the cupola furnace is "small". A furnace that melts upwards of 600 pounds of grey iron per hour is nothing to sneeze at. And, the furnace can provide approximately 200 lbs of iron per tap. That's more than one man can handle. Besides, he gives you all the information necessary to build whatever size you want! As for the requirement of welding equipment, lathe, etc. - if you don't own or have access to this equipment and the knowledge to use it correctly, you shouldn't be attempting to build anything of this sort to begin with. This is an excellent book written by someone with the practical knowledge that uses the furnace the way an above average machinist/mechainc/repairman would. This book will give an individual an opportunity to make him/herself an excellent living.
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This is a nice book on how to build a realatively small cupola for melting iron. It is well written, and he has a couple of pictures in the book. This is not a beginners furnace however and it requires a cutting torch, welder, and a small lathe for a couple of parts. Also, iron in general is rather dangerous for a beginner, so start with lead or Aluminum. For info on melting aluminum, check out ...
In general, I would recommend this book for reference if you are a beginning foundry person, but if you are really serious, go for it.
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