Another first timer


I have been thinking about getting into some "simple" primary use would be to weld fittings and such onto various (stainless) brew kettles (for personal use--so no concern for food grade)...construct some form of brew tower, and simply "make stuff" like that great outdoor barbecue, and finally 20 years from now use the " orange county choppers for dummies" book and venture into that world.

Anyway, starting out small and simple, it seems as though an oxyacetylene setup would be versatile enough for my needs (correct???), and it seems as a fairly cheap approach as well....starter kits selling on ebay for $60 or thereabouts (junk????)....add the tanks to that I could probably have a decent setup for around 200 or so, or am I missing some other significant costs???

sorry if these are simple questions but I would hate to jump the gun and spend alot of money on equipment such as migs (which seem to be running at 500+) I might not need at this point and time.

There most certainly will be even simpler questions when/if I actually get the torch fired up


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My few two cents...

If you're around a Lowe's or a Home Depot, pick up one of the large mag format, *How to Weld* books. Among others, I have a "Welder's Handbook", HP Books, by Richard Finch and Tom Monroe.

Around US$15-$17. Fair overview, but kind of light on technique. A few projects and tips for geting started. I think the ones offered now are by one of those authors. I recommend the one I've mentioned, it does delve into a variety of methods and technique pretty fairly. Even look at the library.

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Greg M

You'll find that the $60 specials on e-bay can be pretty suspect. Old regulators that need a rebuild are NOT a good buy. You can buy the brand new Victor low end units for the $129 range, MUCH better. You will need to shop your local supplier for tanks and what they will do for filling their own tanks, other reputable company's tanks, and the 'bought from a friend' variety. The need for regular hydrostatic testing makes getting them filled problematic in some cases.

O-A is probably a low end start for the fittings you mentioned (TIG and big $$$ is the correct answer), you will HATE it for a barbeque project (way too slow).

You get some decent MIG outfits > Hi,

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Roy J

Stainless can be welded with stick and that is probably the cheapest option available.

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