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    Wood pellets

    I somehow ended up with a bag of wood pellets, no I don't have a pellet stove, and was curious if anyone has ever used them for fluxing and if so, how well did they work?

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    I would think they are too dense and would take a long time to burn off.
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    I imagine they would be fine for smelting alloy but maybe its time to buy a smoker?
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    Quote Originally Posted by imashooter2 View Post
    I would think they are too dense and would take a long time to burn off.
    This. If they're smoker pellets they're designed to burn slowly, which means you could spend a long time waiting for them to burn to carbon. Also more difficult to mix through so the lead comes into contact with it. Sawdust just seems more effective.

    I actually don't have a pellet smoker, but I use them for beekeeping, in my hive smoker. When I need it to stay lit and smoking for a couple hours while I work on multiple hives I'll use the pellets, because they'll burn for over an hour.

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    They might do OK if you smash 'em with a hammer to breaker them up.
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    Get them a little wet they will swell and when dry will crumble and they should do fine. I have them all under my grill in that condition where they get past the bucket when changing flavors.
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    I tried pellets once. Never again. The only good thing was they smelled good for about 30 minutes while they smoldered.

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    I use hardwood pellets when I am out of saw dust.
    They work better if you crumble them up a bit.
    I've only used them for processing recovered range lead that is really dirty. A large amount, about 40 pounds of lead at a time. It did a good job cleaning up the lead.

    I have about 40 pounds of hardwood pellets that I haven't used for barbecuing.

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    A wet one pushed under the melt might be exciting.
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    Thanks all. Great info, kind of what I suspected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dverna View Post
    A wet one pushed under the melt might be exciting.
    I was using some wood shavings one day. Hand planes make nice thin pieces. I guess the 'kiln dried' wood wasn't quite dry! When I mixed it into the pot I got a bit of popping! Good thing was the thin shavings probably couldn't hold that much moisture so no sparkles.

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