The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting > Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old December 15, 2010, 06:11 PM   #1
1chig
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2009
Location: central missouri
Posts: 237
smelting pot got a hole

my smelting pot has a hole in the bottom can i use a 12 in. cast iron skillet over a turkey fryer to smelt small amount in to get me by a day or two?
__________________
those who anger you are those who control you!!!!
1chig is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 06:20 PM   #2
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 36,243
Yes.

As long as you never use that skillet for cooking food ever again.

NEVER EVER use an aluminum vessel to melt lead. The results can be catastrophic.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 06:25 PM   #3
Shane Tuttle
Staff
 
Join Date: November 28, 2005
Location: Blue Grass, IA
Posts: 8,604
The problem using a skillet is it's shallow. If you use a ladle to transfer to your ingots, it will be time consuming compared to a dutch oven. But, yes, you can certainly use a cast iron skillet. You'll still get the job done.
__________________
If it were up to me, the word "got" would be deleted from the English language.

Posting and YOU: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/posting
Shane Tuttle is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 06:42 PM   #4
zxcvbob
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2007
Location: S.E. Minnesota
Posts: 4,213
How much lead to you have to process? I use a 2 quart Revereware saucepan and a 1000W hotplate to render scrap lead. It handles about 10 to 15 pounds at a time easily and is faster than it sounds.
__________________
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun"
zxcvbob is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 07:08 PM   #5
1chig
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2009
Location: central missouri
Posts: 237
got about 75 pounds, might better just go and get me another pot.Skillet may take to long.
__________________
those who anger you are those who control you!!!!
1chig is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 07:16 PM   #6
Shane Tuttle
Staff
 
Join Date: November 28, 2005
Location: Blue Grass, IA
Posts: 8,604
You have a Harbor Freight in your area? Do you receive American Rifleman from the NRA? They have a coupon in there for HF. You can get a 5qt dutch oven for pretty cheap there with a coupon...

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=&q=dutch+oven
__________________
If it were up to me, the word "got" would be deleted from the English language.

Posting and YOU: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/posting
Shane Tuttle is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 07:20 PM   #7
1chig
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2009
Location: central missouri
Posts: 237
thanks tuttle8 for the info.
__________________
those who anger you are those who control you!!!!
1chig is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 09:23 PM   #8
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 36,243
The only problem I see with that dutch oven is that it has fire pit feet. It's designed for cooking with coals around a fire, not for stove top use.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old December 15, 2010, 09:27 PM   #9
Shane Tuttle
Staff
 
Join Date: November 28, 2005
Location: Blue Grass, IA
Posts: 8,604
Using the Bayou Classic turkey fryer from Home Depot works perfectly. It has the same basic grate pattern as most other fryers. I position the feet between the grates and have no problems at all...
__________________
If it were up to me, the word "got" would be deleted from the English language.

Posting and YOU: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/posting
Shane Tuttle is offline  
Old December 16, 2010, 01:55 PM   #10
howlnmad
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 29, 2009
Location: Harriman Tn
Posts: 413
Couldn't use a saw zall to cut the legs off and a grinder to smooth them out?
howlnmad is offline  
Old December 19, 2010, 07:27 AM   #11
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 36,243
Ah, turkey fryer. Those work really well for smelting lead. Mtnbkr uses one.


"Couldn't use a saw zall to cut the legs off and a grinder to smooth them out?"

Certainly. Cast iron cuts and grinds easily.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old December 19, 2010, 07:54 AM   #12
m&p45acp10+1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 3, 2009
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 3,310
Find a thrift store. I bought a 24 quart stainless steel stock pot at one that cost me a whopping $3.25. I use it for melting down wheel weights to pour ingots. For casting I use a 6 inch cast iron skillet that is 3 inches deep. Price othat one was 50 cents at a garage sale.
__________________
No matter how many times you do it and nothing happens it only takes something going wrong one time to kill you.
m&p45acp10+1 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08845 seconds with 7 queries