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Thread: Pictures of your custom burner

  1. #1
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Alaska, the last frontier

    Pictures of your custom burner

    I'm almost done building a medium size bottom pour smelting pot with volume capable of holding 80-pounds but with a more realistic 60-pound capacity at 75% full. This puppy is intended for making alloyed ingots and large fishing weights.

    Now I'm looking at starting work on the burner. If you have built a custom one that is the pride and joy of your smelting endeavors, would you mind posting a picture? I'm trying to get ideas before I start cutting steel.

  2. #2
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Alaska, the last frontier
    Could it be possible that nobody has built a high speed low drag burner station for their smelting needs?

    Ok, let's try this instead: what features should I build into it? For the working bit I'm getting a 10 tip jet burner like this:

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    Which should output 80k+ BTUs on a 6 inch footprint that clears the bottom pour.

    I'm doing a wide enough base for stability with adjustable legs so I can get it perfectly level.

    Im making the height for the bottom shelf adjustable. This was one area I was hoping to see what others did. I'm also extending the bed to the front and back so when i run multiple molds I have a place to rest them.

    I'll probably put a small shelf to the side to hold the miscellaneous tools I use wile smelting, rod, skimmer, etc. On the other side I may do a small bucket for the slag.

    Is there anything else im missing?

  3. #3
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    I cut a hole in 7g treadplate and used angle iron underneath to support it. About 14" square. Using a 40lb pot I still see bending of that plate and supports. Make sure you have plenty of support.
    Most of the tanks are gone and the windows don't rattle anymore. I won't be able to sleep now.

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    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Storage is a big factor in my life, as my older inner-city home has very little of it. Thus when I built a big melting pot the ability to pack it down into itself was a large consideration in the design. As part of this, the unit has a detachable burner that hangs off mounting points on the bottom of the pot.

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    The burner itself is a very simple design assembled from pipe fittings, and comes from Ron Reil, a blacksmith. He posts several designs of burners on his American Blacksmithing Association webpage. This is essentially the Reil burner modification of a propane forge burner, with the addition of a reducing elbow at the flame end. As a compact, low cost burner it is great, but it probably doesn't have the sheer power output of a commercial jet burner.

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  5. #5
    Boolit Grand Master

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    I have been using a homemade burner for all of my casting career. I just have not had time to go make pictures and post them. But I will try to get something posted up soon.

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    Boolit Mold joe leadslinger's Avatar
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    Jan 2019
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  7. #7
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    I’ve been using an old fish fryer from the 1970’s forever it seems. Very sturdy even with 100#s on it, has a valve that can be turned down to what I call low simmer once the alloy is melted and you want to hold that temp below 700’, only recommendation i would add is a good wind screen to keep it lit and efficient. Also keep a good thermometer close by to monitor temps. No H20.

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