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Old October 18, 2012, 04:38 PM   #18
dahermit
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Join Date: October 28, 2006
Location: South Central Michigan...near Ohio, Indiana.
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"Tried bottom pour years ago, abandoned it for dipping...hated the frequent malfunctions of the valve."

About three times a year I empty my bottom pour pot, scrape and clean it. The amount of gunk that comes out of the pot, despite frequent fluxing and stirring, is amazing. I take the rod off (the one that opens the pour hole) and clean it with steel wool. Amazing how this little bit of maintenance keeps this thing pouring nicely.
I started casting on the kitchen stove with a ladle. Was already set in my ways when I tried bottom pour. Never got used to it. With all the practice I have had, I think that I am faster using a ladle than I could ever become with the bottom pours.
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