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    Building a casting pot

    Hi guys!
    I thought there was a thread on building a casting pot somewhere? I did use search but haven't found it. I would like to build something with enough power to keep up to adding lead and hold 60 lb or more. I already have one I built that holds 100 but is heated with torch. Maybe could modify that one to heat with electric and pid?
    Thanks!

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    is this for casting bullets??? or for cleaning lead and casting ingots ??? D Crockett

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    Boolit Master RU shooter's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messy bear View Post
    Hi guys!
    I thought there was a thread on building a casting pot somewhere? I did use search but haven't found it. I would like to build something with enough power to keep up to adding lead and hold 60 lb or more. I already have one I built that holds 100 but is heated with torch. Maybe could modify that one to heat with electric and pid?
    Thanks!
    As stated smelting or dipper style casting pot ? Either way the on the cheap set up I have using electric is just and old 220v electric range top I build a stand for. I use a cast Dutch oven to smelt in on the big burner and a smaller cast iron pot that I wrapped with high temp insulation and then wrapped with sheet steel on the smaller burner/ coil. Cost was free and I don't need to mess with propane .
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    It be for bottom pour casting.

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    I built this bottom pour from 3/8” thick steel pipe, a 1/4” bottom and a 3500 watt oven element, controlled by a PID through an SSR.



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    Ahh yes! That's what I'm talking about!
    New element so you can wrap it?
    220 volt?
    Capacity?
    Dimensions?
    Spout freezing?
    Thanks JMorris!

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    Yes it’s use a new element. I’ve had to replace it once over the years, the first one was $12, the second was $16. 3500 watt oven elements from Sears, 220 VAC driven my a SSR controlled by a PID. Stainless steel cover over the element. Around 65 lbs of capacity, it doesn’t freeze the oraface plate but it does drip when heating up, so I start it up with the mold down and a cup underneath.

    It’s not that big but it is pretty heavy, it and my homemade sizing machine both fit on a fairly small roll around cart.



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    Thanks for the help! I am tired of low capacity low power pots that can't keep up and thought maybe a custom one was in order. Thanks!

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    I've seen people stack pots, where the upper pot feeds the lower pot.
    You could put a lee 10# above your pot and when your pot starts getting low drain the 10-pound pot into it and re-fill the 10 #----- endless supply of at temperature lead.
    But you don't get the fun and aggravation of building your own

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    I am familiar with messy bears setup. He built a bench to do just that. With the two pots that is.
    Very interesting conversation here. Hopefully messy bear figures this out and builds a spare for a friend while he is at it!!

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