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February 21, 2018: Progress on Blast Furnace Stoves

Posted by [email protected] on February 21, 2018 at 5:35 PM
FROM THE EXACTO KNIFE

FEBRUARY 21, 2018:  PROGRESS ON THE DULUTH BLAST FURNACE STOVES

Sunday thru Tuesday, the Duluth area - well, Cloquet to be specific to myself, got pummeled with never ending snow.  My business couldn't even get plowed out Tuesday.  So I had a few good "snow days" to get some serious modeling done in the Escape Pod.  With that, I fired up the Pod furnace and went to work!

IT WAS SNOWING PRETTY GOOD OUT, SO I WAS IN THE MOOD FOR SOME SLAP SHOT ON MY TV WHILE I MODELED.

While my blast furnace has come a long ways since it's conception as a one quart milk jug, it's far from complete. What it is REALLY missing, are the uniquely shaped hot blast stoves of the Duluth Works blast furnace.  So I began work on turning my pathetic attempt at a last ditch effort to model the stoves for my model presentation into something more, well, presentable. 

I BEGAN BY BUILDING THE BURNERS AND PIPE SUPPORTS. MY BURNER LEGS WERE CROOKED AND SO I HAD TO GO BACK AND FIX THEM

These stoves aren't going to be perfect models.  Since I rushed to complete them in time for a presentation, I skipped a lot of painstaking details just to get this model out the door.  Now that I'm no longer pressed for time, I can go back and detail a lot of what I originally wanted to do.  I could easily just have scrapped this whole project and started anew, but I decided to go through with this particular model, rather than starting a new set of stoves.  At some point in the future, I might build another set.  Who knows. 

THE STOVES AFTER STARTING THE DAY

The stoves themselves are just inch and a half PVC pipe with some cut off plastic Easter eggs for tops.  Evergreen and Plastruct piping round out a lot of the pipe work.  The walk way grates are created using styrene and screen door material.  A lot of the pipe grates were made by cutting the round parts off the ends of HO scale telephone poles and theres a lot of spare pieces just glued in here and there.  Dean's old trick of using a paper hole puncher works great for creating access doors and hatches.

GARY WORKS BLAST FURNACE'S 11 and 12 HOT BLAST STOVES IN AUGUST 1907, WHICH WERE BUILT AT THE SAME TIME AS DULUTH'S.  THE DESIGN IS ALMOST THE SAME AS THE DULUTH STOVES


I HAVE AN HO SCALE CAPTAIN FIGURE ON THE CATWALK FOR SOME SCALE.

Creating the angle for the hot blast piping was a real pain the rear, but I was able to get it down. I REALLY don't want to have to do that often!  

DETAILED PHOTO OF THE UPPER STOVES AND CATWALK AREA

I SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF TWO DAYS WORKING ON THIS PROJECT.  WHILE IT WAS SUB ZERO AND SNOWING OUTSIDE, I HAD THE POD FURNACE CRANKED UP SO THAT IT WAS AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 80 DEGREES INSIDE.  EVEN HAD TO TAKE OFF MY SWEATER!

DESPITE BEING IN NORTHERN MN,  THE ESCAPE POD FURNACE - A BARREL STOVE, HEATS UP PRETTY QUICKLY.  IN ABOUT 20 MINS IT CAN BE 70-90 DEGREES NO MATTER HOW COLD IT IS OUTSIDE.


With my model shed all heated up, and a good movie on tv, I went to work detailing more of my stoves.  Difficult stuff, but enjoyable.

COMPOSITE OF THE BF AND THE STOVES

When I had the stoves somewhat set up, I decided to set up my blast furnace stack and see just how this all comes together.  I was planning on putting up the other BF and stoves too,  but I ran out of room on the work bench.  

THE DULUTH BLAST FURNACE AND STOVES.  THESE ARE SET UP BACKWARDS ACTUALLY.  ON THE LAYOUT, THEY WOULD FACE THE OTHER WAY AND THE STOVES WOULD BE ON THE LEFT.  THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL DETAILING ON THE CAST HOUSE AND THE EXTENDED BUILDING ON THE LEFT WOULD BE THE AREA WHERE THE SLAG CRANE WOULD GO.

While it's still got a long way to go, setting up the two models gave me a bit of perspective on what the finished product will look like in the end. While it has come a long way, it's also go a long ways to go.  I don't want to spend a TON of time modeling the stoves before it's time to set up my layout again, but I do want to get them decent so that I can have them ready for spring.  I've got a lot of other projects I still have to get to as well.  

THE BLAST FURNACE WAS TWISTED A LITTLE BIT SITTING IN THE CAST HOUSE, BUT IT GAVE ME SOM PERSPECTIVE IN CONTRAST TO THE STOVES.

A LOT OF THE DOWNCOMERS AND TUBING ARE STILL YET TO BE FINISHED. THEY WERE LEFT OPEN ON PURPOSE UNTIL THE STOVES, DUST CATCHERS AND WASHERS ARE ALL FIGURED OUT.

MY SKIP GEARING AND CHAINS LOOK LIKE A MESS.  THEY ARE WRAPPED UP FROM BEING IN STORAGE.  THE GEARS WERE MADE WITH PARTS FROM A JUNK STORE DIME DRAWER.

THE CATWALK WALKWAYS ARE STILL PRETTY RAW AND UNFINISHED 

THE OBSERVATION PLATFORM NEAR THE SKIP RAMP (WHICH IS REMOVED RIGHT NOW) IS PRETTY MUCH DONE.  I'LL ADD DETAILS AS I MOVE FURTHER ALONG.





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