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    new smelting shield

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    I put this together yesterday and gave it a test run. Man did it cut down on the amount of fuel burned! I also picked up a new 30# cylinder from Tractor Supply and had it filled. I didn't know they sold it by the gallon. It's much cheaper to fill it there. The 30# fill was just under $20 at $2.49 a gallon.

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    im sure it saves a lot of gas and looks good too

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    Is that a barrel cut out and placed over your pot and burner? Looks like good idea for saving fuel.

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    Looks well made, but I confess that I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. Could you please explain the construction?

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    Nice. Bulk fill is almost always cheaper than exchanging. Most exchanges are only 3/4 filled. I only exchange when my tank is out of date. This past summer, we went camping for 4 weeks on $4 and change worth of bulk propane. Might seem a little contradictory, but high BTU burners seem to use less propane per batch than smaller burners. Less heat loss over time.
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    Nice looking shield. I have a 100# bottle in my shop that I smelt with and run my heater off of when I need to. Bulk propane is much cheaper than exchanges. A 30# bottle is a good compromise on size.

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    Is that a German Shepard as your smelting partner???
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    Make a big difference with a shield in cold weather. Had a bunch of WWs one winter and I decided to take the pot to the range and render them down on account of the smoke. Set up on a bunch, plugged it in and waited, waited, waited. No luck. Cool out and a light breeze. Finally made a shield and it allowed everything to go off all right./beagle
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    Don't stop there !!! We need Assembly instructions and an Owners manual for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun2kute View Post
    Don't stop there !!! We need Assembly instructions and an Owners manual for that
    And, don't forget the obligatory California Prop 65 warning, LOL:

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    I'd really like to see a couple pictures of the setup without the shield as well as just what you used and how for the shield. I've a crude windbreak but this looks better than anything I've seen before.
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