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 Post subject: SMELT?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:53 pm 
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I'm going to get some plaster of paris and sand to build a smelt! aluminum cans can draw alot of bugs. 142 or so cans is one pound melted. An hr. of build time is cheap. Mad-


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 Post subject: Re: SMELT?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:58 pm 
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Check out this site. You might find it interesting.

http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/index.html


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 Post subject: Re: SMELT?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:06 pm 
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DO NOT MELT DOWN ALUMINUM CANS IN UR HOMEMADE FORGE TO CAST THINGS !!!

loomies with the tax rebate at a nickel each, (here in Kalifornia), more or less elsewhere, are worth far more to cash 'em in!

there's plenty other bits and pieces of aluminum scrap that can be melted down for making better things!

AND, there is so much dross when melting down the loomies, the loss is just too much of a loss to be effective.

...i checked all that stuff out, long ago... best to learn about green sand casting. melting al is ez.

ok, get a 2nd opinion, if you must! I would. and I did !

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 Post subject: Re: SMELT?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:27 pm 
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rustycase wrote:
imo

DO NOT MELT DOWN ALUMINUM CANS IN UR HOMEMADE FORGE TO CAST THINGS !!!

loomies with the tax rebate at a nickel each, (here in Kalifornia), more or less elsewhere, are worth far more to cash 'em in!

there's plenty other bits and pieces of aluminum scrap that can be melted down for making better things!

AND, there is so much dross when melting down the loomies, the loss is just too much of a loss to be effective.

...i checked all that stuff out, long ago... best to learn about green sand casting. melting al is ez.

ok, get a 2nd opinion, if you must! I would. and I did !

rc

I agree with a deposit on cans. Here, there is none. It's a smash and sell per lb. Go to Instructables.com and type in smelt. They show all kinds of cheap crap to do. Mad-


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 Post subject: Re: SMELT?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:20 pm 
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Skychaser wrote:
Check out this site. You might find it interesting.

http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/index.html

Dang, Sky! Now You got Me on another fun run! LOL. No, I'm makeing a smelt just to ingot what We use. Less space and no bugs to attract. An hr. under 20 bucks. Got to use the stainless bucket for that instead of another still. Now under 5 bucks. LOL Mad-


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