Well thanks to everyone for their help. I got it going this morning
and have attached some pictures of the blessed event.
The pictures proceed numerically from starting the fire, to really
getting it going, to heating some metal and the before and after
I'm making a coal rake for myself as my first project. You can see in
the before and after picture that I started with a 12" x 1" x 3/8"
piece of mild steel and finished today's session with a 23 1/4" x 1/2"
x 1/4" piece.
Glad to hear of your success!
On the downside, though, posting pictures (binaries) to a non-binaries
newsgroup can get your ISP on your case as a terms of service violation.
News servers are not like a website, where the picture is stored in only
one place. On the news system, once you send it out, it gets relayed to
a pile of other servers, and then form them to many more. Many ISP's do
not carry binaries groups as a result, and some activly block groups
with binaries, whether they are allowed by charter, or sent by the
un-knowing. Effectivly, by posting binaries to a non binary group, you
could be causing others to lose access to the group, depending on their
A great place to send pictures of this sort is the dropbox at
. Then you can post a link to the pictures here.
The dropbox is a resource provided for the rec.crafts.metalworking
community but used in moderation.... There is lots of crossover interest
between the two groups as it is.
Anyway, just thought I'd pass that along. There are a few around that
are less than polite about saying it, and we might as well avoid a
scorch-fest if we can.
Well, if there's actual interest in seeing my pics, I'll gladly put
them up on my web site for everyone. I just wasn't sure that too many
people would care to see a beginner start his coal fire. :)
Let me know if you want me to put them on my site?