I use a stainless steel soup ladle I bought at the dollar store. And it only cost me one dollar
I smelt over a cast iron pan, on top of my fish cooker propane burner. I also use a SS soup ladle and pour into muffin pans to make my ingots. I have also just let the lead, cool in the ladle and pop them out onto a board. ...
Just a word of warning
about trying to work with too much melten lead. You can get some really nasty burns by trying to work more than you need, at any one time. My ankles can attest to that. I also wear a shop apren as well cloth working gloves and a face sheild. You only need to get hurt once, to make a believer out of you. ....
Be Safe !!!