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Brian Briggs
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Location: Port St Lucie, Fl.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 2:52 am    Post subject: Welders? Reply with quote

I bought an arc welder from Harbor Freight a few years back (will have to look up size and brand when I get home).

Is an arc welder sufficient?
If so, what rods for 3/16;1/4 and what rods for 1/8
What type of unit is best for cutting and welding 3/16 and 1/4 steel?

Once my next cook is over (in 2 weeks) I think I am going to disect my cooker and build it bigger and better Cool
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Scott F.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 3:14 am    Post subject: welders Reply with quote

what is the amps of the welder? AC or DC? or both, stick is fine but for production welding mig is better and does not take as much training to learn and clean up is less.If as a hobby you will be ok.
I will be happy to help, 30 years in the business.
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Brian Briggs
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the offer, I will look forward to sponging your expertise. I am headed home from Alabama, I will check the info of the arc welder when I get home tonight. I am an extreme novice that will just be doing this as a hobby. Plan to disect my current pit and to build a new fire box, make my pit a reverse flow and to have a warming/cooking cabinet. Alos considering getting creative with the rest of the trailer as well.
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian, I agree with Scott. If the stick welder has the Amps then you are good to go. I love stick welding, it is all I do. I look forward to following your progress. Smile
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Brian Briggs
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally home, what a day. Luckily the wife felt like driving so I got to do a lot of BBQ forum reading Very Happy

Campbell Hausfield
Extreme Duty
225 max
230 Volt Pro AC

AC Weld Amps 160
Input 230V
Input Amps 50
AC Weld Volts 33
Duty Cycle 20%
Max OCV 65
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Jerel
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian Briggs,

Read here.........................

http://www.millerwelds.com/resources/improving-your-skills/stick/

Have a great weekend,

Jerel
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13 10 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian, your machine should do all you have described easily. I prefer 6013's 1/8'' and 3/32'' rods for 1/8'' thick material. On your heavier material, I would have some 1/8'' 6011's for the not so clean metal and since your machine is A/C only you can try the 7018 A/C rods for nicer areas and clean looking welds. Good Luck on your project and I look forward to seeing some pics of your progress. Smile
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