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Thread: Flux and smoke. What do you use?

  1. #21
    Boolit Master

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    Mar 2005
    Buffalo NY area
    I flux when I'm making ingots so I have clean lead to start with. Once casting pot is full and melted I put some Kitty litter on top of the melt to keep the oxides from forming. At the end of the session I scoop off the litter and dispose of it.
    "Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyrannies. Aristotle

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    I have a log of beeswax, beef tallow, mystery boolit lubes, and sawdust all mixed together. I melted it and poured it into a silicone soap mold. Now I have this brick of fluxing material and I just slice off a piece when I need it, or dip my wooden fluxing stick into the wax. Must be the soap in the lube keeps the tallow from going rancid. I’ve thought about mixing charcoal into the molten mix, but dipping the fluxing sticks into the brick o’ flux adds carbon naturally.
    Fire keeps the smoke down. Set the flux ablaze!

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    Jan 2007
    Baytown Texas
    Although I try to only use very clean ingots sometimes I have some that I didn't make myself and they require fluxing in the pot. Sawdust is all I normally use to clean particulates out of the lead. Wax or bullet lube if I feel a need to recombine metals. When I built my new shop I incorporated a vent through the roof and connected a bathroom ventilation fan to it. I looked for one with a very low Sones level so it wouldn't be annoying.
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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"
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
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