What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:05 am

davidmcbeth3 wrote:Thanks for the input ... I think a mig welder is the way to go ... more flexible than a stick welder ... now I gotta find one ...


I would not say more flexible or versatile than stick welding... but it is easier and faster in most instances (its good for a novice) but as suggested make sure you get a machine you can use shielded gas with and NOT JUST flux core wire.... if you dont do a lot of welding make sure you spend the extra few bucks to get stargon gas (it will help make things smoother and easier for you in several respects).
dcrane
 
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Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:16 am

I have never even tried a mig welder. :oops:

Burned up hundreds of pounds of rods with an old Hobart stick welder through. 2-cyl Wisconsin engine on that beast, struck a bead better than any other welder I ever used.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:20 am

Well, looking online I think I'll get a mig ...

I'll get a new hopper for my Hitzer 503 and spot weld a sheet of Stainless around it (drill holes in SS and spot weld it to the iron hopper plates).

My issues with the hopper being eaten away is upon me again ... every other yr replacing the hopper .. Blaschak coal almost exclusively ... I don't think its directly related to the coal...

Likely an air flow or heat flow issue in the box ... not able to measure.

But clearly a nice oxidation environment in the rear of the box is occurring in the back half of my stove.

When I shut down this year, I'll take a very close look at the box, especially the rear. The bricks likely afford some protection and I did inspect the box for any signs of over-wear and saw none before I fired it up this season.

The hopper is still functional ... it just looks like it will need replacing.

Stainless plate is expensive (very expensive lol) -- unless I can find some junkyard 1/4" SS plate of 316 variety then I'll likely weld some 1/16" or 1/32" 316 onto the cast iron and give that a go. 1/16" cost ~ $100 1/32" ~ $50 1/4" is $400 ...

The cast iron needed is pretty cheap--~150 bucks for the flat

On ebay ... http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-4-Steel-Flat- ... 461318a93b

hmmm then just weld it together I guess ...... many choices ...
davidmcbeth3
 
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503


Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: mozz On: Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:46 am

I would try to paint the hopper with por15 or something of that style before trying to mig weld stainless inside it.
mozz
 
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Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:46 pm

Is it possible to post some pictures of what you are talking about?

I doubt that SS will last much better than steel inside of a stove, SS is good at not oxidizing at room temperature but after about 1,600*F all bets are off end it does worse than steel.

I don't know where your source of stock is but that seems really high unless its for a 4'x8' sheet. Check out McMaster carr they are easy to find what you want.
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Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: Wanna Bee On: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:17 pm

How bout installing a sacrificial edge. Kinda like a wear bar that is held in with some pan head screws. Keep you from having to weld and grind inside of the hopper.

Now if you just want an excuse to buy that welder... I'm out I have two of these (Lincoln SA200) and everything in between.
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Wanna Bee
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Grander Stove Co.
Stove/Furnace Model: Royal Bride

Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:30 pm

That Lincoln is a beauty.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: What type stick welder is good for doing minor repairs?

PostBy: Wanna Bee On: Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:40 pm

Rob R. wrote:That Lincoln is a beauty.


She has a sister hiding in the shop. That one is a sight to see, 1963 SA200 red face. Fully restored with just enough custom appointments to make it cool. I need to pull up some pictures of that one. :D

The one in the picture is a work horse around here. I do emergency on site repairs for the agricultural crowd. I also do some structural steel work as a hired gun on occasion. She'll burn 7018's all day without so much as a whimper. Burns a hella lot of gas though :lol:
Wanna Bee
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Grander Stove Co.
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