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Harleyman1075



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17 14 10:09 pm    Post subject: Welding tips? Reply with quote

I'm going to build a smoker out of old propane tanks and in the process learn to weld. I have a mig welder from HD but no experience. I figure this a good way to learn as well. Any tips available to help me out getting started?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18 14 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a great online resource with lots of "how too's" and videos.

http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/Mig-welding-tips.html
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18 14 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

practice practice practice, If you where in my shop (and you wanted to learn) I could have you welding in a single position good enough in an hour.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18 14 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which one did you get? 125,140,180?

I had the 140 and loved it. (mostly because it ran on 120v so was great to take places)

Clean metal will allow for better contact. The grinder is your friend here.

Run beads on scrap for a while until you are satisfied with them, then try joining 2 pieces together for a while. Make sure you cannot break them apart easily so you know you have a good weld.

Strength of weld is more important than the look of the weld. The grinder is your friend here also.


I only ever welded with the flux core, but have been told that running flux core and using gas at the same time is the way to go. Not sure, just throwing that out there.




Mig is pretty easy to pick up, have fun.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18 14 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smokin Mike wrote:
Here's a great online resource with lots of "how too's" and videos.

http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/Mig-welding-tips.html

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This. Very Happy

Here is a thread that may help as well.
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=44733
Welcome to the fun world of gluing metal together Harleyman1075. Very Happy
If you have questions feel free to ask we are here to help. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19 14 4:03 am    Post subject: Thank you all Reply with quote

Thanks for all the input. I'll take a peek at anything that may help. Worst case my pig falls through the grates lol
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01 14 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: Thank you all Reply with quote

Harleyman1075 wrote:
Thanks for all the input. I'll take a peek at anything that may help. Worst case my pig falls through the grates lol


Hope that doesn't happen. Just remember to angle your iron before welding. Gives you the penetration you need for a solid weld
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