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Thread: Smelting Burner BTU Size

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    Smelting Burner BTU Size

    I'm looking to go to a propane burner for smelting my WW's. Typically I don't do a lot per session most would be three 5 gallon buckets. What size BTU burners are most folks using?

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    Boolit Master
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    Jun 2010
    Carmel, Ca
    I have a 50,000 btu Bayou Classic and with a wind shield it's enough for my half propane tank pot.

    Mal Paso means Bad Pass, just so you know.

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    Everybody has their preference and mine is one I already had in the barn. It is 35K Btu. I know a lot of people like to use bigger burners, but I like the smaller sized. Yes, it takes a bit longer to melt the lead, but there is almost no chance to melt any non-lead (zinc) WW's. YMMV

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    I'm in the "go big" crowd I guess. I estimate mine puts out 500,000 BTU's if turned up to full throttle. It will put some serious frost on a 20# propane tank! It will also melt 400# of wheel weights in about 20 minutes This is one reason that I hand sort my weights as this will easily melt any Zinc weight that may get trapped in the bottom of the pot.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Bayou Classic SP-1 Jet Cooker = 106,000 btuh should do anything you need .

    If you want more fire the Bayou Classic SP-2 Double Jet Cooker = 210,000 btuh.

    The word to look for in a burner for smelting is JET...that's the unit that really puts out the heat and it even sounds like a jet airplane when it fires up.

    Bayou Classic is the brand of cooker we use to fry turkey's and have large crab , shrimp and crawfish boils ... they are good cookers .
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    Boolit Master
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    Sep 2016
    I have the double jet burner. It really didn't do a good job of quickly melting scrap or ingots (starting from an empty pot) until I put up 360* wind breaks around the stand and an insulating jacket around my half propane tank pot, and even now I speed things significantly more by playing a weed burner over the top of the scrap.

    IOW, more BTUs are helpful, but maybe not as much as protecting against heat loss.

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