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Thread: Where do you get your smelting burners?

  1. #21
    Boolit Master
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    Sep 2016
    I use a wally world turkey/crawfish setup. That an a old dutch oven that holds about 100lbs. I do have the old plumbers burner and pot though. Only problem is that the burner screws on top of a threaded fitting on the top of a 30 gallon propane tank. Haven't seen any propane tanks so equipped in years. That puppy actually had to be turned down to melt wheel weights. All it does is gather dust and rust now. Frank

  2. #22
    Boolit Grand Master
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    Aug 2005
    South Jersey
    Cast iron pot and a 30,000 BTU weed torch

  3. #23
    Boolit Master
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    Sep 2016
    What I use:

    What I learned:

    Lots of BTUs help, but a good wind screen and some sort of heat retaining/insulating jacket around the pot help even more.

  4. #24
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    North Central

    I have one like this but it is not stainless and was around $40. I bought a round bottom air tank pot from a member that is easy to ladle out of and heats quickly. I use a small cast iron ladle that holds about a pound and a half of lead and a couple of Lyman ingot molds.

  5. #25
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    Nov 2009
    Fort Worth, Texas where the west begins
    A brewery supply is one of the best places to get burners of all sizes. Beer batches are usually 35 gallon drums so they have some serious burners.
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  6. #26
    Boolit Master
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    May 2013
    agrisupply sells all kinds of burners, regulators and hoses and even all kinds of cast iron cookware, last time I was in one of the stores prices seemed pretty cheap.

  7. #27
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    Sep 2011
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Louisiana ... lots of Crawfish , Shrimp and Crabs get boiled in big pots of water .
    Deep Fried Turkey are a staple of Holiday cooking .
    Every Hardware Store sells Propane boiling and frying rigs ... get one that has the word Jet Burner or Double Jet burners ... Yankee's don't know what crawfish are much less how to boil seafood .
    I like Bayou Classic pots and burners ( high pressure Jet Burners are good) see their stuff
    My HP Jet burner will melt down a large Dutch Oven of scrap lead in just a few minutes and will have a 82 quart pot of cold water boiling in 30 minutes for seafood boil .
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  8. #28
    Boolit Master

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    Oct 2011
    Atlanta, NY 14808
    Quote Originally Posted by bimus View Post
    A burner out of a propane water heater will work
    I would recommend selecting a cast iron rather than stamped steel burner if you go this route.
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  9. #29
    Boolit Man
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    Jul 2010
    Small stainless or cast iron pot, flat bottom is best; a heavy duty pie pan cut to be a skirt for the pot; electric hot plate. All yard sale or recycled items. Use another pie pan for a pot cover during melting.

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    Boolit Buddy Liberty1776's Avatar
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    Dec 2018
    The Free State of Arizona
    Here's my writeup of acquiring and modifying a restaurant supply burner.

    I got the burner for $60 Feb, 2019. It's now $78. (June, 2021) at

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    Should have more thoroughly searched the local thrift stores for a turkey fryer.

  11. #31
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    Dec 2018
    I got my turkey frier at a garage sale, you don't need a kazillion BTU to smelt lead, just a little patience.

    Post #30 looks like a really nice burner

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    Boolit Master
    JSnover's Avatar
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    Dec 2007
    Southampton PA
    This is the one I bought back in the 90s. It supports 8 quarts of lead, probably more but I'm not processing as much as some guys.
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    Boolit Master FISH4BUGS's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    Inland from Seacoast New Hampshire
    Many years ago I purchased a Buffalo Arms Burner. 60k BTU's.
    Easily holds 100 lbs of lead.
    Cheap? No.
    I have been using it for many years.
    I even lend it to a friend that makes his own moonshine every year.
    Collector and shooter of guns and other items that require a tax stamp, Lead and brass scrounger. Never too much brass, lead or components in inventory! Always looking to win beauty contests with my reloads.

  15. #35
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    State of Denial
    If the Satan's Little Smelter people are still producing, their design is top notch. If not, the vids are still out there and the pattern is worth following. It's A LOT safer and less tiring than working a cast iron pot with a ladle, possibly over a stand not really designed to handle the weight.


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