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Thread: Suggest A Propane Burner For Melting

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    Boolit Master RogerDat's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledgehammer001 View Post
    Attachment 223374This is what I use. Mine has held up to 75# with no issues.
    This is the one I have, I have done a lot of pots that were ~100 lbs. with no signs of strain. I paid a bit more when I bought it at Walmart.

    With a dutch oven from Harbor Freight coming in at less than $25 with the 20% off coupon.

    I think there are other places online with similar prices. Full as it can be and still stir is over 100 lbs. Side "ears" allow picking it up with heavy gloves to pour out the bottom of the pot if desired. The bail can be used to move also but be advised the bail wire pulls really hard as do the ears and are almost same temp as the molten lead. Use really thick insulated gloves because the weight presses the hot metal against you and compresses the glove. You don't want to find out the fastest way to set down 50# of lead (drop it)

    Cut some small angle iron to drop in and you can support a smaller thrift store steel or cast iron pot, not aluminum. Aluminum can fail under weight and heat of melting lead. So if your burner comes with an aluminum pot don't use it for lead. It can literally stretch and pop out the bottom from melting a pot of lead.
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    In my opinion the biggest advantage a propane tank pot has over a cast iron dutch oven is steel will dent if dropped and not crack. Steel tank also won't crack due to sudden temperature change. Cast iron heats evenly, and has a lid, and is ready to purchase off the shelf for a good price. With side handle ears useful to tip the pot or shift on the burner.

    I think a DCrockett over in vendor sponsors is a member makes and sells the propane tank pots. Not off the shelf but might be an option if you wanted to buy a cut off tank pot.
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    Scrap.... because all the really pithy and emphatic four letter words were taken and we had to describe this way of getting casting material somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmort View Post
    I always recommend this for $65 and free shipping.
    210k BTU. Very sturdy and low center of gravity.
    That is a NICE looking burner. IF I didn't already have 2 I would think seriously about getting that one. You'll never crank it wide open but you'll never have to worry about it collapsing.

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    It is built like a tank and low to the ground with a crazy amount of btu output. The price is more than fair. I use a cut propane tank for the lead alloy. Great set up.
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    I use the harbor freight 500,000 btu weed burner also. I have mine modified in a couple ways. I put a 90* elbow and nipple under the burner with a set of flat legs to hold it up right under the pot. On the other end I removed the handle and installed 2 valves a needle valve and a lever valve. The lever valve is on off and the needle valve regulates temp. The pot is a cut down propane tank. On a turkey frier stand. I ladle cast from this pot and it holds 125lbs of lead. I can have it molten and up to casting temp in 15 mins when full.

    As important as the stand burner and pot is the heat shield around the pot is also a big factor. to tight or long and the burner starves for oxygen or dosnt get good heat flow around pot. to big and heat is lost to fast.

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    I have a low cost set up. I have a turkey fryer (yes, it has the timer, but you never leave it) rated at 55 KBtu and use a cut down 20 lb propane cylinder. My local propane company gave it away since it was in the scrap pile. I have since gotten another tank from them. Plus they even removed the valve for me!

    My problem is I do not have enough ingot molds

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    Quote Originally Posted by crandall crank View Post
    My problem is I do not have enough ingot molds
    Yeah, when you start doing larger batches you need several molds. I typically run about 8 of the Lyman style molds when smelting. Even then, I have to wait on them to cool after about 4 or 5 cycles.

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