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    Boolit Bub Bill M's Avatar
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    When I got into casting, I realized I needed something to render lead. My friend had a genuine plumbers furnace, which was great, but I looked around and decided i had enough scrap iron to build one. The frame is a piece of Jr Channel with legs welded to it, the burner is from an RV water heater. The pot itself is 6.5" pipe with 1/2" plate welded to the bottom, and round stock welded to the sides so it can pivot/pour. I don't let it fill all the way up, and generally get about 70# per pour, leaving some to get the next batch melting.
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    Bayou Classic Jet burner with the solid steel bar frame for me. Effortlessly holds my half 20# propane tank pot with 240-250# of alloy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipper View Post
    Acorn, I use one of these:

    Attachment 325782

    Amazon carries them...probably Harbor Freight, too.
    That burner is a good start but most of the heat just goes around the the pot. I have three pots, 60, 80 and 100#s and it took much longer than the old plumber's pot I have but alas it can no longer be filled anywhere due to no OPD device.

    So I made a shield and lid to turn the 100,000 BTU burner into an oven and made a holder to heat the 10# cast iron pouring caldron to fill a commercial ignot maker that came out of a linotype shop. The lid on the oven has a threaded rod to pick it up and can be removed for storage.Click image for larger version. 

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    This is what I use. At 200,000 BTU it will melt anything. Heavy-duty construction but I never go above about 50 pounds.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

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    There's a reason RCBS make as a small casting pot! Use a propane stove and the small pot and you'll crank out some really good ingots fast. Smaller size pot helps to spot contaminated lead and spoils less than a large pot if not caught in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple Man View Post
    That burner is a good start but most of the heat just goes around the the pot. I have three pots, 60, 80 and 100#s and it took much longer than the old plumber's pot I have but alas it can no longer be filled anywhere due to no OPD device.

    So I made a shield and lid to turn the 100,000 BTU burner into an oven and made a holder to heat the 10# cast iron pouring caldron to fill a commercial ignot maker that came out of a linotype shop. The lid on the oven has a threaded rod to pick it up and can be removed for storage.Click image for larger version. 

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    I used a HF welding blanket as a heat shield for my setup. Made a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipper View Post
    God help you if the floor is wet.
    yep then you'll have to worry about the walls and roof if you survive the spill
    I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.
    Paralyzed Veterans of America

    Looking for a Hensly &Gibbs #258 any thing from a two cavity to a 10cavityI found a new one from a member here

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    You want something like a Crawfish Boiling Rig ... 100,000 - 110,000 BTU Jet Burner and steel stand to hold a 100 quart pot , full of crawfish and water ...
    forget turkey fryer ... Wimpy , wimpy , wimpy !
    You want something like this ... Backyard Pro 100 quart Seafood Boiler and Steamer ... if you don't want the pot ... just buy the gas burner and stand ...
    it will support 50 lbs of lead easy .
    Gary
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    " Let's Go Brandon !"

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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"
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