Originally Posted by slamkal
I have a question. Is stainless easily machinable, or do you need a plasma cutter? Seems like finding scrap stainless could make some expensive projects possible if i can find the material and learn how to weld it
I'm supposing my new tig i can probably learn the skills to make this possible, at least more possible then mig
x2 on skinny cutoff wheels.
10-pack at Home Depot for $5.99
Not quite as durable as name brand for $3/ea, but a lot more life for the dollar..especially when a slip of the wrist makes a skinny disc go KABOOM.
I have a plasma cutter and use it a ton for mild steel, but don't get a weldable (clean) edge with SS, so I generally stick to cutoff wheels and old skool tin snips.
Scrap is the way to go. Hit the local recycling yard. Find pieces that are already welded or bent and in shapes close to what you want. Modify to suit instead of trying to build everything from raw flat metal.
Originally Posted by spider
Be sure to use a SS wire brush to clean welds or you will cross contaminate your base metal. Nice lookin pot. What are you building next?
I;ve had way too much free time up here with the extreme cold, -5 last night. Should be warming up to more suitable working weather soon.
Thanks Spider. Got the ss brush from the LWS and a flap wheel and cutoff wheels marked for SS.
A camp stove ala Partner Steel. 3-burner size, but one side will be a burner, the other 2 burners will be for grill/griddle use. I don't do much "pot/saucepan cooking" in camp, so multiple pan burners don't help me. Coffee on one burner in the morning and breakfasts on the griddle. Dinner needs hot water for dishes and generally either fry (philly cheesesteaks, fajitas) or grill (steaks/burgers/brats) or dutch oven. I have some 1/8" AR500 I'll probably use for the griddle, and I will probably just use diamond plate for now for the grill side. Grill will get a heat/drip plate tacked to it. It will be removeable so the griddle can get direct heat from the burners.
I was going to build burners, but replacement Kirkland and Lowe's grill burners are SS and the shape I wanted...and as low as $20 for a 3-pack. My time is cheap, but not that cheap!!
I already scored the valves/jets off a BBQ at the blue box dump site (blue box mall, FTW!)