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swampman8



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14 10 9:32 pm    Post subject: Which welder should i use? Reply with quote

I have access to a small 110v
tig welder, a miller mig welder,
and a lincoln ac stick welder.
I am gonna use one of these for
my tank and firebox build.
. I have welding experience
on all of these but my best experience is
in Tig. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15 10 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe you have answered your own question Wink

TIG will look the best, but take the longest.
MIG is fast and easy.
If both of the above are 110 VAC, I would use the stick, as you will have to stop and start too much otherwise.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15 10 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

swampman8, if you are wanting to say you tig welded the build and have the time then I say go for it. Very Happy Of course my first choice would be stick then Mig. When you say small tig is it up to the challenge at Hand?
Here is a link to SR20steve's build, he tigged almost the entire build. He also has a few videos in it as well.
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=318585&highlight=#318585
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16 10 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see another Tigger here! Smile

The TIG will be nice for doing any fine type of work, but a 110 unit will not give you enough "oomph" or duty time for welding heavy steel.

The MIG and/or stick (if they are 220 units) would be my first choice(s) for a cooker build.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16 10 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you have a nice arsenal to work with, use them all! For large volume (12"+ seams and areas prone to warp), the MIG is hard to beat. It has less heat than the stick and can stitch weld and then cover pass a lot of work area with a quicker cool down time than stick. I prefer it for tacking as well as I have rarely had my gun start welding without me unlike the stick Rolling Eyes Laughing For safety, critical support, etc ( legs, load bearing, stress) use the stick. My Lincoln 225 AC loves the 7018 AC rods on clean steel. For some SS grates, exterior welds that stand out, Bling, etc use the TIG.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20 10 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are good at TIG go for it. It will look very good when it is finished. Ill warn you now its going to take a lot longer than mig will. TIG is the way to go in my opinion.
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