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Thread: Recommendations Needed for a Lead Smelting Setup

  1. #21
    Boolit Mold
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    Oct 2020
    Great idea with the rotor!

    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk0 View Post
    Mango....I don't weld either...but I did make a setup with a propane tank. It just needs some sheet metal around the burner for a wind break.

    You can load up to 150# in it....I limit mine to 80# anymore...its safer. And...that's a old Silverado Rotor that I use as a lid.


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  2. #22
    Boolit Mold
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    Oct 2020
    Excellent tip, thank you. There is a propane place nearby, I'll stop in and see if I can get a freebie.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrWolf View Post
    Go to a local place that refills propane tanks. A lot of times people come in with older tanks that cannot be refilled. My old place charged $5 for them to leave an old tank as a disposal fee. I asked about one telling them I was going to cut it and they offered for free as many as I wanted. They got their $5 and I was doing them a favor. Can even take an empty and swap it for a filled one at those refill cage places - so I have heard. Good luck.

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    Dec 2018
    If you cut the propane tank just above the center weild there is a ring weilded to the bottom side. only cut through 1 layer and you can use the top o the propane tank as the top of your smelting pot.

    make sure the tank is clean and free of gas before you start cutting.

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    May 2009
    Mandeville, LA
    Iím going to suggest you start out with a smaller pot. Get a old cast iron dutch oven from the thrift store and do a few test runs. Test your tools and technique. After you get a feel for it, go bigger. I donít think my first smelting attempt would be 100+ pounds.

    Maybe Iím just turning into a wussy as I get older...

    Good luck.
    Mould forth, and load in peace.

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    Katy, Texas
    Here is my setup, which has served me well since 2012. Notice the bottom pour design copied from my RCBS Pro-Melt. This will deliver in excess of 200 "Clean"one pound ingots as fast as I can fill the molds.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check