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    Toaster Oven

    Will a Toaster Oven work for PC coating (Baking)?

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    You bet. I think that's what 99% of us use.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by waco View Post
    You bet. I think that's what 99% of us use.....
    Thanks Waco.

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    You can get one at Walmart for less than $20. That's what I use.

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    Toaster ovens will work for small batches, you tend to get different coloring due to irregular heating. For a little more $ you can get a convection oven that has an air circulating fan that heats the entire oven evenly and allow you to do larger even batches.

    Regardless of which oven you get, you will need to check the heat setting (ALMOST ALL COUNTERTOP OVENS ARE OFF from the factory due to the design of the thermostat).

    I put 2 simple ($3.00) oven thermometers in the middle of the shelf I'm baking on and adjust the oven setting until the thermometers read 400 degrees then I mark the oven dial and note the proper setting to reach 400.
    Many like to cover the floor of the oven with a heat retaining media to speed heat recovery time after opening the door. I use ceramic BBQ briquettes, others use first brick, chunks of metal or ....

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    Indeed! I too recommend convection. I run mine with a PID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddirt62 View Post
    Indeed! I too recommend convection. I run mine with a PID.
    Same here....I have a Hamilton Beach. Got it at Wally World for $69.00. It's a convection oven and I use a PID. I drilled a hole in the back of the oven and ran the long probe through it. It works really well. The whole thing makes an easy process even easier.
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    Hit the second hand stores around you - you can find 'em cheap
    I retired my toaster oven and use counter top convection

    I use a metal camping table and just set the bullets on parchment paper
    then drop the oven over the top of the whole works
    and start setting up on another paper and them move the oven again.

    Almost bought one of these style

    but I don't trust myself to move the
    trays without knocking over all the boolits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waco View Post
    You bet. I think that's what 99% of us use.....
    Yep, I'm part of the 99% also. My B&D toaster was $19.99 from Wallyworld. Yes, it is small but works for me as I mainly do rifle CB's in it. Typical loads are 80 x 500gn CB's for my 458WM or 120 x 265gn for my 444 Marlin. I do stand these up on their bases. Higher density is possible but this is sufficient for my use.

    The 2 things that I did to help getting good results were to verify the temperature setting and to pre-heat before adding the tray. The temperature knob was off by almost 50* low - I used my casting PID probe to measure.

    My initial tests included watching when the powder gelled to see if all the CB's changed at the same time. This was to determine if there were cold or hot spots. None were observed so all is good. The powder I use came from Smoke and I set the timer to 20 minutes once gelling is observed.
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    I started out with a toaster oven but soon moved to a convection oven. It does make a big difference.

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    ASrtful,

    Just this weekend, I saw a convection oven at GOODWILL here in SA for 6.99.

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    I also found a very nice Oster convection oven @ goodwill for $20. I will bake 18# of boolits at a time (9# on ea shelf)

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    I bought a conv pizza oven from Wally, $50 shipped to me. It has two racks, 12" deep, so I can do quite a few bullets.
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    Pretty proud of this toaster I snagged at Goodwill after work Friday. Double rack, convection, gets up to 400 fast and holds it perfectly. Cost me FIVE dollars!

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    I have a cheap toaster oven from walmart and I tried it with some Hi-Tek. Terrible results. I have a pretty good collection of old appliances so I went and drug out an old oven I happened to have. It's been outside for years. I took the panel off the back and everything looked decent. Got a new cord, plugged it in and it works great. Every time I open the door the oven thermometer is right in the same place. The inside light still works and so does the timer on the stove. It's way better. I can fit like 7 lbs of bullets on one tray I made. Im going to make a couple more so I can get a cycle of bullets cooking, cooling, and drying. Once I get the hang of it I should be able to knock out thousands in a day. Which is good because coating isnt a particularly fun step in bullet making process.

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    I finally decided that, if I am going to do this coating thing, I might as well do it right.

    Two HYTEK molds were ordered from N.O.E. Bullet Molds and arrived a couple of days ago.

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    Today, I made the trip to Wallmart and purchased their Oster Convection Oven for $39.92 + tax. (less than a lube-sizing die for my Star Sizer)

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    Brought the oven home, unpacked and plugged it in. Placed an oven thermometer on the rack, closed the door and then inserted my N.O.E. casting thermometer through the corner into the oven space, set the temperature dial precisely on the 400 mark, selected "Turbo", for the convection, then set back to watch the gauges.
    (both thermometers have been checked with my N.O.E. digital probe and are within 2 degrees of each other)
    In no less than 10 minutes, both thermometers had climbed to 402 degrees then slowly dropped back to 400 degrees and then held that temperature for the next 30 minutes.

    Needless to say, I am well pleased. If the oven continues to perform like this, the investment is well worth while.

    I have some powders from Smoke that I was playing around with before getting serious and, as soon as I can season my new molds in the new oven, I will report the results.
    Last edited by Tom Myers; 09-20-2017 at 06:06 PM.

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    I bought the same oven last spring and found the same temperature accuracy. My only complaint is that only one rack came with it.

    Never thought about seasoning molds in it.

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