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    Lead Temperature Probe

    Guys
    I have a multi meter that will read temperatures to 1825*, + or - 2%, and this is the lead probe that will fit my multi meter,

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stainless-S...e/311180354520

    Would this set up work OK for a temporary setup, for checking the melting temps the lead?

    Thoughts or suggestions.......

    Tia,
    Don

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    I believe it would work fine if your meter is already set up for Temperatures.

    My meter is not and I had to purchase a separate Thermal converter box like this one.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fluke-80TK-...R/261364926039

    Looks like you should be all set though.

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    I not sure why you would want a probe that long as a 4 or 6 inch would fit better. But yes it looks like it would take the heat.

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    Should work but I'd also suggest a 4-6" probe and the braided wire with insulation lead on it. That one in your URL looked like it's flexible and I don't see that as an advantage. I use my VOM quite a bit and it seems to read about the same as my PID units do. Also you can find something on ebay quite a lot less expensive than that one is.
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    Yes it will work, just the tip of the thermocouple will be needed to check the temp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike W1 View Post
    Should work but I'd also suggest a 4-6" probe and the braided wire with insulation lead on it. That one in your URL looked like it's flexible and I don't see that as an advantage. I use my VOM quite a bit and it seems to read about the same as my PID units do. Also you can find something on ebay quite a lot less expensive than that one is.
    If you scroll down that add it states that the probe will be shipped bent and can be straightened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrier View Post
    If you scroll down that add it states that the probe will be shipped bent and can be straightened.
    I missed that part when I glanced at it. Still don't like the insulation on the cable part though.
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    Guys

    This pot will have around 6-7" of lead in it when filled.

    I wanted a longer probe, so I can check the temp around the bottom valve area,
    plus I am heat sensitive on my hands, so I figured slightly longer was better than shorter, for me.

    I am hoping, I can keep the pot heat around 600-650*, as I was just given some processed lead, believed to be ww,
    per the giver, "I melted ww's in a big pot until every thing was melted, then made these muffin ingots"......
    he is NOT a shooter/reloader/caster etc.

    So I am not sure, if there is any zinc in these ingots etc, (want to take bets), LOL,
    so I am going melt these ingots (15-20 of them),
    at the lowest temp possible with lots of skimming, to remove it, if possible etc.

    The big question I have is, as I don't know the answer, Should I also flux before/after skimming?

    Thoughts or suggestions.......

    Tia,
    Don

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