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#1

– [ From: Robert E. Jones * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] –

Does anybody in Orchid know how to make high quality jewelry-type charcoal
from hardwood scrap? If so, please reply. I had thought that maybe
grilling the wood wrapped in charcoal to prevent oxygen getting to the
wood. I had also thought of using a kiln, but wouldn’t the carbonization
of the wood give off explosive and noxious gases? Thanks!!


#2

One of the by products of “baking” organic materials is Methane. Yes
indeed, it burns real fast.

Jim Simmons, Production Engineer
Medic Alert

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Author: Jones@MAIL-CLUSTER.PCY.MCI.NET at Internet
Date: 9/30/96 13:08

– [ From: Robert E. Jones * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] –

Does anybody in Orchid know how to make high quality jewelry-type charcoal
from hardwood scrap? If so, please reply. I had thought that maybe
grilling the wood wrapped in charcoal to prevent oxygen getting to the
wood. I had also thought of using a kiln, but wouldn’t the carbonization
of the wood give off explosive and noxious gases? Thanks!!


#3

Jones@MAIL-CLUSTER.PCY.MCI.NET, Robert E. wrote:

– [ From: Robert E. Jones * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] –

Does anybody in Orchid know how to make high quality jewelry-type charcoal
from hardwood scrap? If so, please reply. I had thought that maybe
grilling the wood wrapped in charcoal to prevent oxygen getting to the
wood. I had also thought of using a kiln, but wouldn’t the carbonization
of the wood give off explosive and noxious gases? Thanks!!

orchid@ganoksin.com

*I am guessing you want to produce a charcoal block for soldering and not a powdered charcoal for use as a de-oxidizer in fluxing
Try the following…Make sure the wood is very dry even to the extent of
kiln drying at a low temperature.Soak the wood block or scrap in a
strong solution of Boric Acid and Denatured Alcohol then place it on a
lightweight fire brick and flame it under a soft flame(go easy on the
oxygen) from a casting torch or similar working slowly.If the block
begins to turn to ashes extinguish it by sprinkling a bit of sodium
carbonate(common name washing soda) on it. When you are sure it is
cooled and no flame or coals are present soak again in the Boric Acid
Alcohol and rekindle it with the torch.Do this in a safe area or
outdoors on a calm day away from anything what-so-ever that could catch
fire.DO NOT do this in the garage next to the lawn mower gas can!!Do be
careful and do protect your eyes since sometimes the wood can snap and
send sparks flying in various directions. (knots in the wood should be
avoided for this reason)
Soaking in a strong solution containing Sodium carbonate(washing soda)
and water then playing the torch lightly over the still wet wood block
works fairly well also.
Either of these methods should produce a fairly good block maybe not as
attractive as the store bought ones but they are not as expensive
either.Let me know if this works for you as well as it does for
me.There are other things to consider. I use propane and oxygen and have
never tried it using a different torch fuel???..Good luck…Gavin


#4

You can get by getting onto the net and click onto Yahoo,
Type in : Charcoal Making of hardwoods.
click Search:
Look for
No title_ Making Charcoal
THis guy gives a precise way and plans for making charcoal I downloaded it
and is seems great. I havent tried it but I surely will as soon as I have
time.
Ihope this helps as it is a verry simple process.
Yours Billy S. Bates bibgbrba@aol.com


#5

For those interested in CAD:

I e-mailed a couple of DXF files to Dr. Aspler, & he has kindly attached
them to his web site. The URLs:

https://www.ganoksin.com/software/flat16.dxf
https://www.ganoksin.com/software/flat20.dxf

Each file contains a series of mathematical co-ordinates & related data
which a CAD program can hopefully turn into a 3D “object” for the user to
manipulate. The “object” in each file is a very crude ring mounting,
actually a polygonal shape with several sides stretched up to form a long
flat surface. The “16” & “20” in the file names refer to the total number
of sides on the polygon in each case.

The good news is that each file is only a few kilobytes long, & is pure
ASCII, which should make manipulation as easy as possible for everyone.
The bad news is that Dr. Aspler told me that he has already had problems
importing the files into the graphics software he’s been working with. I
leave it to him to post whatever details he wants to share with us.

Anyway, the files are public domain for anyone to experiment with however
they like. I want to get some feedback on what orchid members have been
able to do with them before I upload any more files. I hope to hear from
you folks out there soon. Good luck.

Joel Kahn <@Joel_Kahn>
Comptroller for Maxon’s Jewelers
Diamond Merchants & Estate Jewelers
Authorized Dealer for Rolex & Tag Heuer
2622 S Glenstone, Springfield Missouri 65804 USA
Voice: 417-887-1800 or 417-887-1809
Fax: 417-887-3422