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    Is there a handy person to....

    Build a induction furnace big enough for me to run my 1Ē and 1 3/8Ē head insulator pins through to melt the lead off? I tried the fire pit thing suggested by another user and got maybe a dozen to melt in the 2 hours I had it burning. The rest will have to be done again and my pile of these are getting bigger. I was thinking if I had a induction unit big enough to run those pins through I could melt the heads off rather quickly. Iím just not that useful with small electronics. Hopefully someone can help!


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    Have you tried a propane torch?

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    Havenít built one big enough but I think thatís gonna be a very expensive proposition.


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    Acetylene, or propane, torch with a rosebud tip ? Just pass each pin under the flame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookworm View Post
    Acetylene, or propane, torch with a rosebud tip ? Just pass each pin under the flame.
    I'd avoid using an oxy-acetylene as that burns HOT and could possibly vaporize lead, just my .02.
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    I donít keep bottles here or Iíd probably do that Iím thinking I should just melt them into the big smelting pot when I alloy a big batch


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    I just put mine in my regular smelting pot. It took longer than wheel weights because they made less contact with the sides of the pot. You might also try using the flame from a weed burner. Another idea would be to cut the head of the pin off with a band saw or chop saw. They would make better contact with the pot that way and melt faster.

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    Or look up a rocket stove on Youtube. Easy to build, economical, and HOT
    Don't want no one to git hurt, but if you're gonna have a wreck, I wanna watch.

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    +1 On the weed burner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calm seas View Post
    Or look up a rocket stove on Youtube. Easy to build, economical, and HOT
    Yep, Rocket stove is what I'd make for smelting range scrap or insulators.
    I'll add...I would not use one with WW, too difficult to control heat and I'd fear zinc contamination.

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