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Offline Bakdrft911

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Quenching container
« on: January 04, 2015, 12:16:30 PM »
Im looking for ideas to put the oil in. What type of containers are you all using?

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015, 12:25:57 PM »
A metal one. :)
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 12:35:03 PM »
I use a big pot with 3 gallons of canola oil in it.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2015, 12:36:21 PM »
If you are only making one at a time something like a coffee can works just fine.  I use the bigger pot so I can treat several blades without heating up the oil too much.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 02:18:44 PM »
I use an old bread pan
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2015, 03:37:09 PM »
I cut the bottom out of a 2 lb coffee can, and then used JB Weld to epoxy it onto another 2 lb coffee can.  That gives me enough capacity to completely submerge a 10" blade.  If you have some  6" sewer line like schedule 35 or similar, you can use adhesive to put a cap on and make it whatever length you want.  Just remember to have enough size to allow for the vapor barrier circulation.

It also depends on if you are edge quenching or what- I've seen broiler pans used for edge quenching.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2015, 06:58:14 PM »
I started using a tall stainless container I got at Walmart. It has a glass lid and seal. I like it because of it's height. Costs about $13. A large pot works well too like you would use for spaghetti. If you want to quench just the edge and leave the spine softer then pick up a stainless drywall mud pan at your local hardware store.
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2015, 10:44:11 AM »
I bought an empty 1 gallon paint can from Ace hardware, its good for up to a 6" blade, but won't fit the handle.
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2015, 11:52:17 AM »
I use a Dollar Store stainless steel mixing bowl. I can fit a 9" long knife (handle and blade total).
The only reason I use it is because it's what I had at the time. My dad's buddy used a plastic bucket because the heat from the quench flare goes up.
Not that I'm recommending it, just that I know the container does not have to be metal.
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2015, 12:36:58 PM »
Old metal welding rod can
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2015, 03:21:41 PM »
I used a tin from a baileys bottle for awhile it was about a foot tall and with about a six inch diameter. it had a tightly sealing cap as well. I set it in a small bucket with sand for stability. I've also had an 18 inch aluminum pot, military I'm guessing judging by the handle hardware. It had about an 8 inch diameter and the lid from a smaller round cookie tin snapped on it perfectly. That one is still finding service in quenching, along with a small knife forge I made on a farm I used to live on, they use it for repairing tractor implements and stuff. It's funny, living there with my meager beginning skills as a blacksmith at the time was the closest I ever felt to approaching 'village blacksmith' status. haha, it was a good feeling.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2015, 06:47:59 PM »
Found one. I took a small propane tank used for sweating pipes. Works nicely!

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2015, 06:56:29 PM »
That propane tank sounds like a good choice.

I have been using a turkey roasting pan on an electric burner to warm the oil.

It is long enough for 7" blade knives to fully submerge them. If I can ever get time to set up shop again I want to try plate quenching.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2015, 08:34:33 AM »
Bryan Breeden used a roaster pan, I've used the metal pan out of a dead 6qt ice cream maker.
A lot of folks make them out of 3-6" diameter steel pipe welded to a flat plate.
I've also seen a few guys use ammo cans or drywall mud pans.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2015, 09:53:59 AM »
Bryan Breeden used a roaster pan, I've used the metal pan out of a dead 6qt ice cream maker.
A lot of folks make them out of 3-6" diameter steel pipe welded to a flat plate.
I've also seen a few guys use ammo cans or drywall mud pans.

That drywall pan is a good idea!

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2015, 06:16:23 PM »
This vid shows the pot I'm using for my liquid quenches.


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Re: Quenching container
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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2015, 03:38:37 PM »
Great video Crash. Always enjoy seeing a master at work. Thanks.

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2015, 02:44:03 PM »
I use a metal can with a lid. The lid is important...

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Re: Quenching container
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2015, 05:03:21 PM »
I use deep cylindrical metal pot.