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Re: carbide- acetylene

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Brian G. NY

01-22-2013 09:59:24

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An old gentleman from our little town who was a professional welder among many other things, had one of those carbide generators for his torches.
Worked really well and I expect he maintained it as it should be. He was still using it up into the 50s.
I own an old farm house that has a carbide generator tank buried in the front lawn. It's about 4' in diameter and maybe 5' high with only about a foot sticking out of the ground. I don't think it has been used since the mid thirties when electricity came through here. The tank must be made out of good galvanized steel as there is barely any rust on it yet today.

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Jon Hagen

01-22-2013 13:43:54

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 Re: carbide- acetylene in reply to Brian G. NY, 01-22-2013 09:59:24  
Years ago friends lived on a farm that was totally plumbed for carbide gas lights. The gas generator was set into the lawn at ground level, well away from the house. all outbuildings including the barn hayloft had open gas lights.(questionable wisdom with that hayloft installation, but the barn still stood ??.
The system was not un use any longer as my friends used kerosene lighting as long as they rented the farm.

I wonder if this system could be used in freezing weather of our ND winters. I dont know how they might keep the water drip / pressure regulator system workingin below freezing temps ??

I still have a half can of Cal-carbide I bought at the local blacksmiths sale, maybe 40 years ago.
1 inch below the white surface is good active black Cal-carbide. :)

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