I think I was worrying too much about this step, and it put me off. I needn't have worried, this was relatively easy. At least, I accomplished what I meant to. We'll see if it gives me good steel or not once I sharpen them up.
My plan was to use my barbecue on the balcony for a platform for doing the heat treating. This was a really good idea, as my set up didn't need to be anything crazy.
|My heat-treating forge.|
|The rest of my heat-treating set up.|
I hadn't done this before, so wasn't quite sure the best way to go about this. I set the fire bricks up this way in order to best hold the heat in the spot where it counts most.
I think this was a good idea in theory, but the torch used up all of the oxygen in that corner and wouldn't burn properly.
|How I started. Note that I am holding the iron with a big pair of pliers, using my hand in the fire glove.|
It took a little while to figure out the best configuration, but I finally got the torch working best when it was shooting the flame at a bit of an upward angle. It was plenty enough to get the iron hot if I held the iron as flat as I could against one of the side fire bricks.
It turns out the fire bricks hold heat for a long time, so next time I will pre-heat the iron while it is laying flat (to get that nice dark color), then lift it up so the business end of the iron is flat against the side brick and I can torch the crap out of it in that position.
Once it got red enough, and the little pools of iron float to the surface, quench.
Next time I bet this only will take five minutes for the two irons, after everything gets warmed up.
I think I wound up with a couple of decent irons.