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  1. Do you have your passwords saved in google? If so that’s why.
  2. Id like to cast stuff just not sure yet gotta start saving it up
  3. So guys I think I found my favorite bit of this entire world of processes learned. I melted down 3 12 packs of soda cans worth today and poured my very two first aluminum pucks. I honestly can’t believe how easy it is. I recommend doing aluminum outside though how ever the crucible and foundry handled extremely well. I guess I need more charcoal and aluminum lol.
  4. Okay quick question. I do want to do some melting of metal either tomorrow or monday. Now I see most people usually preheat their ingot molds. I'm wondering if you do this with the muffin tins as well. What I'm wondering is I do not as of yet have a release agent. Would I still be able to pop the aluminum puck out of the tin just as easy. Every youtube video I've seen I've never seen anyone spray in a releasing agent. I'm almost wondering if I'm making this a bit more complicated that in should be LOL. Any thoughts and suggestions yea I did read threads on this but I had to double check appreciate it ahead of time.
  5. wheres the bevel? nah I don't think so did you heat treat them?
  6. Yea I get my terminology mixed up quite a bit LUL bit melting would be correct for some reason I was probably thinking Smelting LUL. I'm still considering blocking the end and drilling holes in the pipe I may get a more concentrated air flow on each side. I'll just have to wait for the pipe to cool off to do that.
  7. So update note I will be smelting cans and aluminum pieces in NO time this little foundry was cheap to make and in expensive. It just took me a while. But I will say it works considerably well. I did temper my crucible in the same go. No melting on the bottom, it didn't even crack. I did heat it up slowly. It is cooling down currently so next time I'm ready to fire this thing up I should be able to smelt with absolutely ZERO issues. So I've just successfully killed off two birds with one stone. Worked well. I will also say I am using over the counter LUMP bbq charcoal for this. It still got incredibly hot with forced air into the foundry. The pipe will heat up quite a bit at the end but thats not a big deal, there is also no need to drill holes in the pipe what so ever. The crucible seemed to heat up fairly evenly all around. So in the end I think I'm going to have a blast using this thing I've just gotta acquire the sand and clay.. Thanks for all the advice guys.
  8. I was contemplating on that one Alan because I just didn't want to waste any of the charcoal I have because I have one shot at the moment to fire cure and temper the crucible so I figured it might be a decent thing to try to kill off two birds with one stone the only thing I really have left to do is get the air intake fixed up I'm not sure if I'm going to drill holes or just leave the hole open at the end of the pipe not sure what would be the best option at the moment so I've been waiting on that. I've also got to get a 1 inch to 2 inch adapter for the pipe so I can hook the dryer pipe up to it ffrom the fan.
  9. Okay so random quick question on this. Would it be wise to fire cure the refractory and at the same time temper the crucible while I'm fire curing the refractory? I was considering going that route because it would just kill two birds with one stone and I wouldn't have to waste any coal doing that.
  10. So guys I know its been a while between posts but I've been pretty busy lately been chat modding for people on twitch throwin the ban hammer at problem chat trolls and what ever else. The never ending game of WHACK A TROLL LOL. Too much fun doing that. How ever I've recently got my foundry in the works. Its simply a 5 gallon steel bucket you know the ones you can buy on Amazon lol for like 11 bucks or what ever. I drilled out and had to cut out a hole for the air pipe to go in. I still have to drill the holes in the pipe for the air but I think that will be sideways. I do have the air pipe raised up a bit higher than normal so I could get a nice big bed of coal underneath the crucible. I know its rough looking but I opted to go with the Kaowool and Refractory I think that should be a good enough barrier since the refractory can take heats of up to 3000 degrees.
  11. Yea @Jeremy Blohm I've looked into those links, @Jerrod Miller I haven't fully dived into that thread as of yet. I will be fully diving into it at some point soon. How ever I did happen to make a phone call to the Clay Arts Center here out of Tacoma and they happen to just have the type of sand and clay that I need. So I'll be ordering a 50 pound bag of each to start out with. I'm still going to have to forge out my crucible tongs and what not and things I need for that. Fortunately I have a smlaler crucible. Muffin tins for first poors are already in hand as well as stainless steel skimming spoon. I'll probably need to make a smaller one to fit the crucible LUL. Amazons kind of a cluster for not having a good size estimate. Either way I'm so far on a role with everything. I've still got to acquire a couple more things to fully get started still a bit concerned about using a bottom blase air source I'm considering re designing it a bit so it doesn't have a bottom blast and go for the side blast which would make a bit more sense to me. Also @Jeremy Blohm I've looked at all of those links when I was hunting around for information about casting sand LOL. So I saw those the other day.
  12. I'm not sure if I plan on doing brass right away, I'm going to stick to aluminum since I'm finding that it's the noob thing so for now it will be strictly aluminum. I've just been having issues on where I can locate the proper sands for making the molds just a pain. I've been doing a lot of research and looking for where I can get. I still am not happy with the bottom blast with a foundry I'm also not sure how well that will effect everything even with the coal. I just dont want the crucible to over heat and get ruined. I mean yea it was only 30 bucks so its not bad to just go buy a new one but still LUL Id like to keep the crucible intact. How ever on the sand I'm just having a hard time finding it for cheap.
  13. Well the good news is folks I've made some progress on everything, its just been slow because of the heat we've had here over the summer too hot to run the forge. But what I've basically done was I re purposed my old break drum forge for the smelting and casting forge. It should still hold up great for that purpose. I doubt I have what it takes to be able to cast steel but that would be a fun attempt LOL. Anyhow I've been working on modifying my break drum forge just a bit so I can place fire bricks around the edges of the drum fortunately the height wasn't an issue and I only needed one brick to barely go just above the top of the crucible I may have to add more once the coal is in the forge but that's alright. At least I'll have a furnace up and going pretty soon, I also ordered myself some muffin tins got 2 for the price of 1 thank you amazon for that LUL. I wouldn't mind attempting on casting a few brass knives at some point that would be an interesting experiment to do or attempt. I'm not I've kind of taken a break from making knives at the moment since I've gotten a bit on the frustrated side with it LOL. But I'll go back to it sooner or later. I figured Id give casting the try out for the time being.
  14. Welp LOL the Crucible is a good decent size for me. You guys weren't kidding this mold is TINY LOL. but it would probably be perfect for smelting gold into bars if I ever get there. LOL but yea I'm very happy with the crucible not bad for 30 bucks. The ingot mold is about the size of a small candy bar.
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