Thank you for help on trouble shooting when I did this. I skipped step one in the second post... never again!
I used a battery charger from Harbor Freight, .030 carbon steel welding wire, a dimmer switch and a spring to keep tension on the wire, Mine looks a little more red neck.
Got my closed cell foam here: http://www.closedcellfoams.com/polyethylene.html
Anyone in the Redding area is welcome to use it!