Newbie build - Mini GF

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Big T » May 9th, 2017, 10:03 pm

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » May 9th, 2017, 11:32 pm

Looks good. Good strong build.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 10th, 2017, 4:13 am

That's what she said! =))


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 10th, 2017, 9:48 am

Not yet welded in. Just getting a feel for the fit. Gonna need help fitting it once the chute is on.ImageImage

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Big T » May 10th, 2017, 4:21 pm

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 10th, 2017, 4:51 pm

Fantastic work dude, looks awesome! :beer:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » May 10th, 2017, 5:03 pm

:yth: coming together nicely.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by temurf » May 11th, 2017, 6:07 pm

:kewl: Nice


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 16th, 2017, 7:36 am

In retrospect, not the easiest projects to learn welding on.ImageImage

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 16th, 2017, 7:44 am

:LG Well done, practice makes perfect & at least these welds won't be seen. :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 16th, 2017, 7:47 am

Welding the thicker stuff got frustrating, I think the welder's thermostat was cutting in as I was getting sputtering after a while, which was making things messy.

My max amperage is 140 at 15% duty cycle, but where I am working is already hot, around 28-30C under the shed's roof.

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 16th, 2017, 7:56 am

What that means is that @ 140 amps you can only weld for 1.5 minutes out of 10, so 1.5 mins of welding then 8.5 minutes cool down, that is probably why you were getting the cutting out. :welder:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 16th, 2017, 7:57 am

Yeah I figured that much. Thanks sguiggle.

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 17th, 2017, 6:20 am

Might do the door kerbs later today if I'm in the mood. Getting hot under the shed.ImageImage

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 17th, 2017, 7:16 am

Looks awesome dude, coming along nicely. :beer:

Don't forget to do the uprights on either side of the ash box & when I built mine I did the door curbs after I put the skins of the top & side on, made it easier to weld & get it nice & neat. :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 17th, 2017, 11:44 am

Uprights? Didn't see those in the plans. Don't see any need for them unless I am missing something.

I only had time to do the chute kerb. Cutting decent 45 deg angles with a grinder is time consuming.

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 17th, 2017, 5:38 pm

Lol, sure is dude, so hard to get it perfect.

Check on page 4 of your plans, it says to leave out the "4" pieces. I'm pretty sure they are needed to weld the skin to when you put it on before the curb. :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by richy20 » May 17th, 2017, 6:03 pm

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I believe he is talking about the two legs that lock the FB in. See my example picture attached. Also, I did the curb after the sheet metal too I figured it would be easier as well.



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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 17th, 2017, 7:56 pm

Yep, theme's the ones. :kewl:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 18th, 2017, 9:53 am

Stack, drain and intake done.

To seal the thread on the firebox side, would instant gasket work? The stuff used in car engines.ImageImageImage

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by ajfoxy » May 18th, 2017, 4:40 pm

I'd not worry too much about sealing the thread on the firebox side... it is only air coming through there anyway. I just put a little oil on mine, screwed it in and tacked it so it did not want to come loose and left it. The first heat would have carbonised the oil if any was still there and sealed it up.


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Squiggle » May 18th, 2017, 5:00 pm

Looks good dude, well done! :beer:


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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Big T » May 18th, 2017, 5:26 pm

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by Rodcrafter » May 20th, 2017, 6:35 am

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Re: Newbie build - Mini GF

Post by clutch_kick » May 23rd, 2017, 6:28 am

Before I put the insulation and skin the outside. Should I treat the inside with any type of rust protection?

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