Make the most of the cool weather by creating a beautiful firewood holder and enjoying a warm fire!
**IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT clamp tightly. As the aluminum heats it becomes pliable, and the clamp will cause your aluminum to bend. You don’t want that. Clamp pieces as loosely as possible while still maintaining a hold.
Use your Bernzomatic torch to heat the aluminum on one corner. Once the aluminum is hot enough, IT will do the work of melting the aluminum brazing rod. It can take several minutes to get it hot enough, but after the first corner is heated, the other corners will heat faster because the heat spreads across the entire work surface.
You’ll have to touch the aluminum brazing rod to the surface several times to see if it’s ready, and act quickly to drag it across the desired joints before it cools.
It will take quite a bit of time to cool, but once it is cool spray paint your firewood holder.
Now enjoy your beautiful new firewood holder / oversized book holder! If you sew a fabric insert to hang on the handles, you could even use it for smaller books and magazines.
This firewood holder is made using aluminum, and soldering aluminum is just a little different than brazing or soldering other alloys.
The trick to a strong connection is to heat the aluminum until it is hot enough to do the work of melting the aluminum brazing rods. Ensuring your aluminum is properly cleaned is also an important tip for a for a strong connection. Use a metal brush to clean the connection points, and acetone to wipe it clean.
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