I purchased a stainless steel ladle at a resteraunt supply store for less than $3. It was worth every penny. It is solid one piece so the handle will not come loose. I wrapped the handle with muffler wrap to keep it from getting too hot. I use one of the cast iron corn bread pans for ingots. If you use one be careful. They stay hot for a long time.
No matter how many times you do it and nothing happens it only takes something going wrong one time to kill you.