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    Default Best heat source for parkerizing

    I'm thinking about putting together a Parkerizing set-up. I see most people use a gas burner while some high priced tanks come with an electric heating element.

    Since money is in short supply I was thinking of buying one of those low cost dual electric hot plates off ebay and then just set my tank on it.

    (If I make a set-up I am going to make my tank from 14 gauge stainless steel and it will measure 6" x 6" x 40")

    Electric Double Burner Hot Plate Heating Cooking Stove Portable Dorm Camping New | eBay

    Has anyone used one of these hot plates before as a heat source for Parkerizing?

    The one I picked seems to be longer than most.

    Any thoughts?

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    I use a propane burner for my tanks so that I can get them hot for blueing. That might work for Park, but I'd look for a propane burner just in case you may want to hot blue down the road.

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    Keep in mind that you should have three tanks set up. I'd say two minimum. Degrease, pre-heat & park. Only the park tank needs to be stainless.
    I use the three burner propane camp cookers. Agri Supply has BY FAR the cheapest price on these. Of course then you need tanks & regulators for them.
    I also bought a used kitchen range for my shop for $25.00. I use it to bake on gun paint & powder coating. For small parts I could just use the stove top.


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    I use that burner too Bradrock

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    Yeah, I don't know if you can even build a pipe burner for $27.00. I think Agri Supply prices include shipping. At least they always have for me. They had good prices on 40 pound propane tanks also:





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    i've use 2 single burner electric hotplates for both bluing and park. no problems whatsoever. take about an hour or a bit more to preheat full large tank. after that i decrease to medium and maintain solution temp w/o problems.
    I now do not preheat for park - results were just as good as with pre-heat (when i did.)

    pre-heating for bluing is a must.

    stainless tank for bluing is highly recommended to prevent solution rusting. also use stainless hanging wires and stainless mesh basket as well.

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    Brownells specifically warns against using SS tanks for bluing salts, I always used their black iron tank and wire.

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...-prod1064.aspx

    "DON'T USE IT FOR BLUING SALTS!! Bluing Salts in the presence of stainless steel and gun steel frequently can create "galvanic" action (electric current flow) between the two dissimilar metals resulting in a "false plate" of either chemicals (streaking the bluing with random iridescent blues/greens/purples) or stainless steel (giving patches of random silver specks/spots). So - use for all other tanks to prevent rusting and mess; but keep your bluing salts contented and bluing right in our Black Iron Bluing Tanks!!"

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    interesting

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    Good stuff. This as been a big help!

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    Something else I do, is I have a slab of 3/8" steel under my park tank to help give even heat & avoid hot spots.
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