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Control Weld Distortion by Minimizing Shrinkage and Warping

Great Article on Why Welding Distortion Occurs and How to Minimize It.

Weld Distortion

Weld Distortion

Lincoln Electric Weld Distortion

To Minimize Distortion
Minimize weld distortion by following this checklist:

  1. Less is better – only lay as much weld bead as neccesary.Good fitup is crucial.Use stitch weding (intermittent welds).Alternate welds on either side of the joint.Welding positioners can orientated the weldment to maximize flat-position welding. Flat positioning permits the use of large-diameter electrodes and high-deposition-rate welding procedures.Orintate welds about the neutral axis of the joint.

  2. Good fitup is crucial.Use stitch weding (intermittent welds).Alternate welds on either side of the joint.Welding positioners can orientated the weldment to maximize flat-position welding. Flat positioning permits the use of large-diameter electrodes and high-deposition-rate welding procedures.Orintate welds about the neutral axis of the joint.

  3. Control heat by distributing it as evenly as possible with a planned welding sequence and weldment positioning.
  4. Weld toward the unrestrained part of the member.
  5. Use clamps, fixtures, and strongbacks to maintain fitup and alignment.
  6. Pre-bend, pre-stress or preset the members / joints to let shrinkage pull them back into alignment.
  7. Continually balance the welds around the neutral axis in the section sequence.

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The Best BBQ Smoke is No Smoke

Clean Clear Smoke – The only way to BBQ

bbq clear smoke guarantee

Smoking meat is a misnomer. Unless of course you are smoking a ham to cure it or curing fish in a smoke house.

When we talked about smoking a brisket, ribs, or a Boston Butt. You actually are just cooking it using wood – not curing it with smoke.

We don’t even think that thin blue smoke is good. With the Smoven, we guarantee that you can get clear smoke. As always, we recommend using a good quality real hardwood “lump” charcoal. Never use compressed briquettes – And leave the real wood to the pros – man it’s hard to get clear smoke from that stuff!

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BBQ Ribs Smoked in the Smoven

Oh Yeah… I did smear #BonneMaman #CherryPreserves all over my #Ribs at the 3 hour mark (uncovered). Then wrapped those rascals in foil for another 2 hours. #LowAndSlowBBQ aiming to maintain 200 degrees oven temp for 5 hours. Fall off the bone, salty sweet goodness!

Our last test kitchen on this 3rd Smoven prototype before it goes back to the factory for final tweaks, then onto production. I wanted to give her a run WITHOUT using the #BBQguru “fan” hooked up. I have never actually tried the old fashioned “manual mode” on this prototype. She performed flawlessly. I’m kind of thinking actually a little better than the guru. Using only 5 pounds of lump charcoal, she held 200 to 210 without much fuss for 9 hours! Knowing that most of our customers will opt out of attaching the Guru..and that’s perfectly OK.

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Weld More – Grind Less – Perfect Fit Up

Perfect Weld Fit-Ups Every Time

My bad welding pales in comparison to my horrible fit-up skills. I launched Weldables to help other welders like me achieve perfect fit-slot and tab tube gusset fitupups, aligned with slots and tabs, or hole and pins – because everyone knows that a fitter is always more expensive that a welder… and that a good fitup, makes for an easy weld!

 

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Creole Seasoning from Scratch for BBQ Grill

Tired of Store Bought Creole Seasoning?

Got tired of using the store bought #CreoleSeasoning (If I want to slather my food in expired, pure salt, I’d use salt). Decided to make my own batch to keep handy for #RedBeansAndRice or #BlackenedFish on the BBQ Grill.

Creole Seasoning BBQ Grill

Just like fixin’ anything from scratch and ditching the store bought, expired crap. Like #ChiliSeasoning, #CornBread and #Pancakes – From scratch is EXPONENTIALLY BETTER.

Used 3 teaspoons of it today today to make the the best Red Beans and Rice that I have ever tasted!

Creole Seasoning Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons onion powder

3 Tablespoons garlic powder

1 ½ Tablespoons black pepper

1 ½ Tablespoons white pepper

6 Tablespoons paprika

½ Tablespoon cayenne pepper (1/2 is a little on the light side for me, but I can adjust this at cook time based on who I’m preparing for)

1 ½Tablespoons oregano

1 Tablespoon dried parsley

1 ½ Tablespoons dried thyme

1 ½Tablespoons dried basil

Note that salt is left out intentionally. I add that at cook time for better control.

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Heavy Metal Steel Tapered Table Legs

Heavy Duty Steel Tale Legs – Tapered – Mid Century Modern For Live Edge Slabs

When you want your heavy Live Edge Slab table to “float” – These 2″ schedule 80 leg kits will do the trick. Tapp\ered table leg to match mid century modern look. Weld them yourself…

furniture leg live edge heavy duty tube
#liveedgeslabs
#woodslabs
#tablelegs
#table
#furniture
#furniturelegs
#lumber
#carpenter
#woodworking
#welding
#welder
#weld
#steel

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Slot and Tab FitUp for Easy Welding

Fixture-less Welding with Slot and Tab Fit-Up

Slot and Tab Fitup

We design our welding kits with either slot and tab or Hole and pin fitup at the intersections of various steel members. Our lasers cut these slots and tabs with high precision, and they snap together kind of like a life sized LEGO® reducing the need for clamps, jigs or fixtures.