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Melting bigger batches

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by vafish, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. I got a pretty reliable source of nice pure lead. I coach a junior air rifle program and get a couple hundred pounds of nice pure lead a year out of our pellet traps.

    Up until recently I used my Lee 20 lb pot to melt it all up. It was a bit of a pain because of all the paper and plastic from the backers and targets mixed in.

    I've had turkey fryer for years and have thought about getting a big dutch oven or something that would let me melt some bigger batches of lead.

    Last weekend I was over at a buddy's house and he had an old propane tank that was beyond it's certification and couldn't get refilled without a hydro test. he was going to throw it out. So I took it, drilled a hole in the tank and used my saber saw to cut it in half.

    Now I can melt bigger batches of lead. :supergrin:



    Got about 50 lbs more in ingots now and still need to clean out the pellet traps.
  2. AZBru88


    May 21, 2010
    Nice reuse of a bad tank! Smart...more then one way to skin a cat!

  3. Olivers_AR


    Dec 27, 2007
    Dulles, VA
    Great use of an old tank. I've got a few extra wheel weights if your firing it up next time!
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    The hell with the lead, you better get that snowblower tuned up... 34 degrees here this morning, ain't gonna be long now. :crying:

  5. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    Yep. Now use the top side, remove the valve, add some piping and make a bottom pour smelting pot. Makes casting ingot even easier than dipping.
  6. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    Am I the only one who takes old tanks to be exchanged at the Blue Rhino type places? They just toss any tank you give them into the empty pile and give you a full one. I only use the exchange places when I have a NFG tank.

    Vafish, all the target backing and paper is flux.
  7. RustyFN


    Sep 29, 2006
    West Virginia
    Looks good fish. Big batches is the way to go. I use a cheap six quart cast iron dutch oven from HF and can almost get a full cat litter bucket in it at one time.
  8. That snow blower is going to be a target at my next range session. :supergrin:

    This winter we had record snowfalls. I got the blower running at the beginning of the year, first snow fall can't get it going, few days after the snow I found a broken part, replaced it got it running again, next big snow I can't get it to start again. Every time I needed it that damn thing let me down. A few days later it would be running like a champ.
  9. I'll need to clean out the pellet traps later this month and I'll have a bunch more to melt up. No problem throwing some wheel weights in.
  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Well done! All it needs is a handle so you can move it after it cools. Smelting in the 20# pot is a PITA. You'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2010
  11. Right On.. You get the CRB Awqrd this month