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Hello, I would like to know, if at all possible, how many feet of welding you would get out of a 33 pound spool of .035 316 stainless steel welding wire. I will be welding on 3/16" stainless steel, or would any one know of a web site where I would get this information. Thank you very much........Ed

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"Ed Atyeo" wrote: (clip) how many feet of welding you would get out of a 33 pound spool of .035 316 stainless steel welding wire. (clip) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This is how I would do it: Estimate the cross sectional area of the weld bead. Then calculate the volume of a foot of weld. Multiply by the density of stainless, and you will have the weight of a foot of weld. Divide this into 33 lb, and you will get the length in feet of the weld bead.

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weldreality.com

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Just for fun I did the calculation outlined in my earlier post, and got about 500 feet. Actually a little less, but the accuracy of the calculation is a little loose, because there is a range in the density of stainless, and because my assumptions about the shape/cross sectional area of the bead may not apply exactly to your weld.

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I would think that each welding situation would have variables such as gap, individual's size of weld both in width and depth.

Would it be better to cut off 1/2 # of wire and weld the actual situation with the actual welder and multiply by 66? A 1/2 #of wire may be quite a bit depending on circumstances, perhaps the test could be made with less. ______________________________ Keep the whole world singing . . . . DanG (remove the sevens) snipped-for-privacy@7cox.net

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much........Ed

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"Ed Atyeo" wrote: This is a pretty good site. thanks for the link.........Ed ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Ed, if you get an answer from that, I'd be interested to know how close I came with my calculated guestimate of "about 500 feet."

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