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Thread: First Melting - How do I start? and finish?

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    Boolit Master WRideout's Avatar
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    Oct 2009
    Butler, PA
    Welcome Mountain Meadow. When I built my shed in the back forty, I designed it with the specific purpose of being an all-year boolit casting center. That said, I installed an unused bathroom fan over the casting bench (like someone else said) and run the exhaust through a homebuilt HEPA filter. There are two ways you can pick up lead; vapors from lead that is overheated, or dust that is on surfaces you touch. Part of the recommendation for not casting indoors is that no matter how careful you are, some lead will always escape and be deposited in the vicinity. I continue to find lead splatters around my casting bench so I confine my boolit making the that location. Smoke is another matter. If you are rendering scrap lead, some if it can be pretty well contaminated with stuff that smolders rather than burns. Stuff like that I do outside.

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    Boolit Man
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    May 2022
    propane turkey fryer and an old cast iron Duch oven. I use a mushroom can as a dipper on the end of a copper pipe, poured into browney pan for mold, beef tallow for flux.

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    Boolit Grand Master uscra112's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Switzerland of Ohio
    Something nobody ever mentions is to have a bucket of cold water within a couple of steps of your casting bench. Pray you never get burned, but if you do, cooling a burn immediately (within seconds) will minimize the damage.
    Cognitive Dissident

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    Jan 2007
    Baytown Texas
    Quote Originally Posted by oley55 View Post
    with no intent argue or disparage, but besides the additional off gassing of chemicals, what is the downside of using most any pine based saw dust. From a totally non-technical standpoint those glues or whatever would seem to add the carbons we want for fluxing.
    The entire issue IS the offgassing of the noxious compounds created by burning the glues. They can be inert (unlikely), toxic or carcinogenic.

    I donít worry about solid bits of lead lying around the casting area. They clean up easily and have no impact with reasonable hygiene. The white powder, lead oxide, is more problematic. Itís easily inhaled. Thereís nothing in my reloading room capable of heating lead to the point of making vapors.
    Sometimes life taps you on the shoulder and reminds you it's a one way street. Jim Morris

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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