Welding temps

I live in Michigan, so the outside temps this winter will be below
freezing. I plan on working on some demo derby and racecar chassis this
winter,outside on nice days cause I have a small workshop that I keep my
tools in but a car won't fit. So when I go to do some welding, the
material will be at outside temps, anywhere from 0 degrees on up... most
likely closer to 32 degrees on nice days when I will actually work on
this stuff. Does the temp of the material make any difference in the
quality or difficulty of the weld? I have always welded in the summer,
or in a heated garage in the winter at my father-in-laws. Now I have my
own welder at home, and want to do some welding this winter. I will be
using a Hobart Handler 180 wire welder, and the material is mostly .095
thick 1 3/4 inch diam round tubing to build the roll cages and bracing.
Any comments or words of wisdom are greatly appreciated! Earl
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big e lewis
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You might find your helmet fogging up from inside. This has been my experience at even higher temperatures but I am forced to wear a drape to keep out the skylight from bouncing off the inside glass.
Also consider that the shutter speed may vary with temperature. This is only a speculation. I too would like to hear from experts on this.
Boris Mohar
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Boris Mohar
The welding codes and good practice require that steel be heated to at least 18deg C (64.4deg F) prior to welding. Temperature should be measured 50mm (2inch) from the intended weld zone.
On the other hand I have seen shops weld on everything including cast iron at -20 C (-4 F) without the use of heat. And they get away without any immediate failures.
The only problem I have run across with autodarkening helmets is that temperatures below zero (32 F) can pretty much kill off the batteries ability to supply power.
John Noon
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John Noon
You say you've seen welding on cold items with no immediate failures... how about long term failure? I want to make sure the cage will hold up to the stress of racing, ( though hopefully not CRASHING! lol ), as it will be my butt or a friend's butt in the seat. Thank you for your advice! Earl
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big e lewis

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