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Thread: Where do you get your smelting burners?

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    Boolit Master
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    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

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    Cast iron pot and a 30,000 BTU weed torch
    https://www.harborfreight.com/propan...8aAiXsEALw_wcB
    Regards
    John

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    What I use:

    https://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/pr...propane-burner

    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.

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    https://www.webstaurantstore.com/bac...8aArSBEALw_wcB

    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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
    www.bayouclassicdepot.com
    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 .
    Gary
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    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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    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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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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