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Old 10-22-2011, 11:16 PM
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Default Welding Rod/Filler Metal Storage Containers

I have decided to get a little more organized so I located all the welding rods and filler metal in the shop. I am amazed at the assortment I have collected over the years. Some of the consumables I inherited from my late Father in-laws sheet metal shop probably belong in the Smithsonian or have long been outlawed by OSHA.

I would like to have a separate container for each different rod which would mean a pretty hefty bill if I were to buy regular welding rod storage containers. If I combine like rods but different diameters in the same containers I will probably still need about 20-25. I am going to cut the long Brazing/Bronze filler metal down from the approx 3 foot lengths into something more usable. There are flux coated rods I have no idea what type they are (blue, green, red, yellow, orange, and maroon from FIL)

I am just wondering what everyone else uses. I did consider making the storage containers out of PVC pipe, but having to buy the ends would probably cost as much or more than a cheap ready made rod container............any ideas.........thanks.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:51 PM
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Just get yourself a stick of 2"-4" pvc or abs, some glue on caps, cut to desired length, glue one on the bottom, leave the top unglued and just pop it on and off.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:49 AM
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I've used PVC pipe and the caps from spray cans. You'll need access to a lathe with a steady rest, though. The pipe needs to be turned down a little, to fit the caps.

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Old 10-23-2011, 08:08 AM
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I've seen PVC with caps works great. However, I use unused residential septic tank plastic pipe drops. I leave the bottoms uncovered, but butted up to a steel plate covered with a thick scrap of plastic. That way when I inadvertently drop something into the tube I don't have to pull the tube. I only need to lift it. Empty refrigerator pots (sour cream, yogart, etc) or plastic beer cups work as lids depending on the size of the free tubes you find and help keep shop dust out. Consider investing in caps with a tight fit (seal) for flux covered rod, especially if humidity is ever an issue. I still need to build a safe and inexpensive rod oven.

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Old 10-23-2011, 08:29 AM
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I keep everything except stainless, nickle, aluminum and low hydrogen rod in an old refridgerator heated with a light bulb. I built some containers about the size of a 50# rod can out of pegboard so as to allow air to circulate. I leave the ends open and marked each one with the rod type and size.

The other stuff I keep in a heated rod oven at about 100 degrees. I know it is less than recommended temp, but seems to keep the rod dry and it runs well and doesn't spin the meter so fast. These rods are not sealed either, to aid in air circulation.

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Old 10-23-2011, 10:21 PM
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Pat, I attached an Electrode Identification Chart for the old color coded electrodes.

It may help you identify some of those rods.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:48 AM
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Pat, you might get by with the thin plugs that are used to keep crud from getting into open pipes. They should be pretty cheap from a plumbing supply place.

Also, the rounded glue-on caps may be cheaper than the flat ones.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:35 AM
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I've never worried about keeping 6010, 6013, 7014 or 7024 dry. I just stocked them in open containers.
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