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DIY SOLAR FOUNDRY

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video DIY SOLAR FOUNDRY
The solar tracker keeps our target illuminated for 8 hours a day enabling build temperatures exceeding 2100˚ Celsius, a new personal record.
Sarah C J3 days ago

Oh, just a note on my earlier note. Lodge (

http://www.lodgemfg.com/aboutus ) the guys who make cast iron dutch ovens and such may be interested in a fresnel lens thing to heat up their big pots (so people will cook with them over the summers and camping). I tried to make one with several smaller fresnel lenses, but no go. Perhaps one that is larger than my page magnifiers and smaller than your blast furnace one . . . Anyway, if you had a good design they might be interested in it.

Sarah C J24 days ago

Hi. I was struck by the fabulosity of your foundry (I myself would have melted most of the household goods were I to have one to play with . . .). However,
since I am looking to make cookies outside of my house in the summer, it is a bit much for my purpose. I am desirous of a solar oven that won't blow over (no big reflectors) be temperture controllable, and that one can safely leave for a few minutes. Having made the foundry, could you tell me if
using several small Fresnel lenses might work for an oven? Say, each one focused on a Dutch oven with lid? I was hoping to get
something less likely to blow over and that might be controlled easily
with a Raspberry Pi (hopefully to be able to control the heat and not
have to babysit it, having some simple gears to maneuver it as the son
runs its course. If you wish to try this out I will buy the necessary
Fresnel lenses and send them to you. Perhaps a simple dome of Fresnels
over a clear hotbox, or an oven bag over a cast iron pot? I do know that Lodge Logic is interested in anything that might convince people to buy more of their pots, and those heavy iron pots would be good for lenses to heat up for cooking (as the iron will disperse the heat over the pot . . . ) Thanks for all your good work in any case!

jkinsman1 month ago
Where can I buy a lens like this?
Kuffar6 months ago
Just a question. I have used magnifying lenses, with the sun, in the past. And, it is extremely bright. I can't imagine how bright this is, so do you recommend cutting goggles, to save your retinas?
Also, I agree with you on dexterity. I usually cut steel, barehanded. I learned, long ago. DON"T TOUCH IT!!! Bad things happen.
Thanks for the info. I've been out looking for some lenses. They don't seem to be as prevalent as they once were.
Kuffar Kuffar6 months ago
Disregard! I either didn't see the goggles, or was watching the video intently enough, that it just didn't register. This video, they were very prominent. Sorry.
Jaxton Maez7 months ago
Weren't u on the tv show doomsday preppers? I swear I've seen u before.
fallen89feet11 months ago
my mom doesn't want a forge next to our house, and I want to start blacksmithing. so this is a good alternative. :)
fallen89feet11 months ago
where do you get one?
wolfgang641 year ago
I was thinking about how to modify this consept to track the sun but you did the home worrk for me! thank you very much.
cart5621 year ago
So I've seen the frame and magnifier that The King of Random made, but this is out of this is epic! A self adjusting frame is just too cool! I'd love to make one, but I doubt it would turn out very well.
GREENPOWERSCIENCE (author)  cart5621 year ago
Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfv_GJWUzc8&list=PLBEF40B354EAE928E&index=9

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTkUyJ7OHPk
HexKrak1 year ago
Very cool project, but I'm a little concerned about the lack of safety equipment besides goggles. With something like this you should definitely have a fire extinguisher, gloves, and probably a welder's apron or something similar to protect yourself.
A welders apron...really...I understand basic safety precautions...believe me. However, it is not always required in all situations. I for one don't like the use of gloves. It inhibits dexterity. It also can catch in machinery and such dangerous events can occur. Also, when it comes to a welder apron...as long as one pays attention and things are done in a safe way.... there is less needed concern. Again, with respect, i feel that some your comment is justifiable, however when i constantly hear internet people bringing up safety concerns its bugs me. The true heart of these crafts is in the brainstorming and building and as long as someone is careful, safety glasses remain the only needed equipment in the event of unpredictable results or consistent airborne particles. Focus on the Brilliance of Creation, not simple opinionated safety.
Agree:-)
GREENPOWERSCIENCE (author)  HexKrak1 year ago
I agree to a certain extent . With solar foundry work, bulky equipment can be a hazard. I have tried gloves for welding etc. but stuff usually gets knocked over and mandrels are difficult to handle. I have used regular work gloves in the past and got a metal ember in the glove and also a drop of hot oil while cooking that both resulted in delayed skin exposure time for removal of the glove = nice burns. The best way in my 9+ year experience with concentrated solar is caution and focus. It is easy to forget you are working with extreme temperatures as there is no fire etc. Our work area is open and basically fire resistant ground and there is always a water hose nearby. Because we are in Central FL the climate is damp and no wind. Most experienced glass blowers wear regular everyday clothing and no gloves for similar reasons listed above. When I am casting metals and working with 10+ pound masses of molten zinc, heat/fire resistant clothing and gloves are a must.
Jayefuu1 year ago
Congratulations, you're on Treehugger!
http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/diy-solar-foundry-reaches-temperatures-3800-degrees-farenheit.html
GREENPOWERSCIENCE (author)  Jayefuu1 year ago
THAN YOU for the heads up:-)
This is great! Had no clue that you could melt metal this way
it might take a wile but i think i cant get enough obsidian to go to the nether
screwwwweweeweewweewweew the nether....^.^
This is bonkers! How cool! (but very hot)