Welding Cast Iron

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by heybruck34, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Has anyone had THICK cast iron welded? I am in Charlotte NC and would appreciate a referral if you guys know of anyone nearby.

    I inherited an old potbelly wood stove and it has a crack near the bottom. It was patched with some bolts and washers but I'd like to get it "like new" while I don't need to use it.

    Moderator- I know this isn't a lawn equipment repair but I figured this was the best forum to get advice due to the nature of repair needed. Thanks.
  2. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 754

    you have to have a welders oven or forge to weld cast.it can be done the whole stove or part has to come up to temp then cooled down as a whole or it will not work
  3. smokediver

    smokediver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    You can arc weld cast with nickel rods, or it can be brazed with a acetylene torch and brass rods
    If you arc weld it you do have to go slowly and not overheat it or it will crack.
    We have welded exhaust manifolds with nickel rods for years.
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,020

    In the past, cast iron was always difficult to repair: heat the part slowly in an oven, make the weld with a nickel rod, slowly cool the part in an oven--and hope the cast iron would not recrack (it frequently did). Most welders wouldn't even attempt to weld cast iron due to the tempermental nature of such repairs. Fortunately, times have changed. Muggy Weld offers two solutions for cast iron repair: arc electrodes and gas torch rods.:drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:
  5. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    go to the welding web forum those guys over there weldcast all the time
  6. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    thanks for the replies guys. This isn't something I have the experience, tools, or desire to fix. I've MIG and stick welded but I'd rather get someone who knows what they are doing for the reasons you all mentioned.

    Fastcat- I'll check out the welding web forum. Thanks for the nudge in that direction.
  7. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 754

    thanks for getting me up to the times joe. never heard of muggy weld will have to check it out. see you can teach an old dog new tricks lol!
  8. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
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  9. olyman

    olyman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,649

    clean and goove the crack--get cast iron or nickel rod--and weld short spurts---like 1/2 in---and peen it lightly as it cools---the only thing is---most stove iron is not good grade cast----soooooooo--have welded mucho cast----

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