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Postby JBeasty » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:43 am

Hi, new to the forum. I've just started stick welding. Been practicing in my side yard (covered patio, open on the ends). When it's not windy, I get the fumes in the face. Tried an N95 mask, but I can still smell it. I've read about DIY fume extractors, but this seems kinda pointless outdoors. I have a box fan I could use to blow the smoke/fumes away from the immediate area. Any reason why this is a bad idea?
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby weldin mike 27 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:57 am

A fan to blow away stick welding smoke is a great idea. You'll see Jody do it in some of his videos.

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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby Poland308 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:48 am

I like to set up a fan so that it sucks the fumes away.
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby JBeasty » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:35 pm

Awesome guys! I'll try it both ways - suck and blow... Aw hell, you know what I mean.
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby JBeasty » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:23 pm

Just curious Josh, how close do you have to have the fan to your project to effectively pull the smoke away? I Imagine I could put it a good distance further away if I was using it to blow the smoke away, but I like the idea of using it to pull the smoke away, especially on a cold day. Guess I'll just have to test it out and see.
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby Poland308 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:57 pm

Depends on the fan and how powerful it is.
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby olek » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:20 am

The big tube at the front is a silencer -It is a second hand turbine, originally used in a engraving machine to extract fumes


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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby JBeasty » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:00 pm

Makes me wonder if using my shop-vac would be an option, provided I have enough hose.
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby PeteM » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:40 pm

JBeasty wrote:Makes me wonder if using my shop-vac would be an option, provided I have enough hose.


I've thought about doing that before. Having a switch by the end of the nozzle would be great too.

Realistically though, I just use a fan to draw the fumes like Poland suggested. Noise kind of gets on my nerves and I like to be relaxed when I weld.
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Re: Stick welding fumes

Postby olek » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:51 pm

PeteM wrote:
JBeasty wrote:Makes me wonder if using my shop-vac would be an option, provided I have enough hose.


I've thought about doing that before. Having a switch by the end of the nozzle would be great too.

Realistically though, I just use a fan to draw the fumes like Poland suggested. Noise kind of gets on my nerves and I like to be relaxed when I weld.


fumes get everywhere in the tubes and turbine, leaving some material that looks a little greasy.

I dont know how the vacuum filters will appreciate that , as they are intended for dry particles, dust, wood.

if the turbine is at risk, a venturi system may work well enough for fumes.
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