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    Shipping Lead

    I would like to sell off some lead. I am looking for some shipping options. Small flatrate boxes seems about right. What do other people do?

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    At the USPO you are limited to:
    Weight less than 70 lbs and dimensions smaller than 13-5/8" x 12" x 5-1/2"

    A SFRB (inside dims: 8 ⅝ x 5 ⅜ x 1 ⅝) poured solid as lead (0.41 lb. per cubic inch) will not exceed the USPO 70lb. upper limit in weight.

    The inside SFRB Volume is 75.334 cubic inches,
    times 0.41 pounds per cubic inch,
    equals 30.887 pounds.

    The MFRB Volume (inside: 11 x 8 x 5 ) is 514.25 cubic inches
    will hold 210.84 pounds of solid lead
    which exceeds the 70-pound upper limit by a factor of three (3).

    Your options for shipping "large" quantities of lead through the USPO are limited.
    If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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    With 1# ingots, sfrb gets about 20. Taped well, not an issue getting there. Going mfrb, i use the small boxes, then put them in the medium, use empty boxes to fill the voids, about 40#.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredj338 View Post
    With 1# ingots, sfrb gets about 20. Taped well, not an issue getting there. Going mfrb, i use the small boxes, then put them in the medium, use empty boxes to fill the voids, about 40#.
    Yes! If you are going to ship in the Medium or Large Flat Rate Boxes then the "boxes within the box" method is the way to go. Wrap those boxes (all of them) with fiberglass-reinforced tape, NEVER trust the USPS "sticky-stuff" on the boxes to hold the box together. They will throw and drop those heavy boxes with no concern for the contents, wrap them like you know they will want to destroy them, 'cuz they do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dipper View Post
    I would like to sell off some lead. I am looking for some shipping options. Small flatrate boxes seems about right. What do other people do?
    Thanks for the replys. I assume when adding taped ingots to the casting pot the tape will act as flux. How about building an ingot mold to fill the inside of the SFRB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dipper View Post
    Thanks for the replys. I assume when adding taped ingots to the casting pot the tape will act as flux. How about building an ingot mold to fill the inside of the SFRB?
    Lakehouse is selling Cast Boolit ingot molds that fit the USPS flat rate boxes. I have used the small size boxes quite a bit. The post office hate the medium boxes! The 70# limit rule was their doing but they still hate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dipper View Post
    Thanks for the replys. I assume when adding taped ingots to the casting pot the tape will act as flux. How about building an ingot mold to fill the inside of the SFRB?
    If packing 1# ingots, they fit tightly in a sfrb, no taping of ingots. The issue with large ingots, they dont fit smaller pots. I did a trade & a guy sent me an 8” da frypan ingot? *** am i supposed to do with that? Ingots should be 1-3# max & a shape/size that fits a lee 20# pot.
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    Lake house’s molds throw ingots that weigh two to two and a half pounds (depends on how full you fill the mold and what alloy is being cast) and are a great shape for sfrb mailing as well as fitting into a 20# pot. They also bridge the top of the pot for secure preheating.

    I haven’t done it, but I think the small flat rate priority mail boxes fit inside a medium, so that you can box Lakehouse ingots in the small boxes and fit them snugly in the medium for shipping without shifting in the box, which I think makes damage in handling more likely.

    If the tape has any plastic or real fiberglas in it, it might not burn well and may make a mess in a pot.

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    I've shipped lead using the MFRB lined with 1" foam board to strengthen the sides, top and bottom. Tightly packed and keeping the weight to 68-69 pounds, with the box completely taped with packing tape all made it safely to their destination. I would print the shipping label and schedule the pickup using the USPS app. Simple to do and made sure I was present at pick-up in case the mail person needed help.

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    I've been shipping lead in MFRB with no more than 50 lbs(actually 52 or 53). Difficult to lift and move without handles. Or, maybe its because I'm 80 years old. I tried one with 60+ lbs and could barely get it over the counter to the scale. The lady at the window sure wouldn't have been able to handle it.
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    When I knew that I had heavy boxes of lead being delivered, I would put my handcart at the end of the driveway for my mail lady. Then, one day somebody stole it. Can’t have nothing!
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    Leaving stuff at the curb is the signal that it is free for the taking in my area. I leave the hand truck by the fence gate where the mailman knows where it is if needed. Sorry you lost the hand truck.

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    If I had the idea to take something from another’s property, I would at least ask.
    Due to the price of primers, warning shots will no longer be given!

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    Anything that I want to get rid of goes out to the curb and it is gone in no time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondiego View Post
    Anything that I want to get rid of goes out to the curb and it is gone in no time!
    If you really want it gone in a hurry, put it out with a $50 price tag on it.

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