Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Jblevins75 started this thread.
    Jblevins75's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Oct 2019
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Integrated Circuit Chips on RAM Memory worth it?

    Ive got about 5 lbs of IC chips off of ram memory I might throw in an smelting Kiln, does anybody know if it is worth it?



  2. #2
    jimicrk's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    2,554
    Thanks
    2,711
    Thanked 4,433 Times in 1,704 Posts
    Why did you remove the chips from the gold ram??

    You could have sold the complete ram to a buyer here for $18.75 a pound.
    Last edited by jimicrk; 05-20-2020 at 06:22 AM.

  3. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by jimicrk:


  4. #3
    eesakiwi's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Dec 2010
    Location
    NZ
    Posts
    2,496
    Thanks
    2,694
    Thanked 2,417 Times in 1,187 Posts
    If you have removed the IC chips off the memory sticks then its probably cost you some $ if you could have sold them whole to a escrap buyer.

    The $ value that they see is more than what we see, theres Silver & Tin in the solder & Copper tracks inside the fibreglass & even that waste fibreglass can get them $ as a flux/cap in Steel furnaces ( i read somewhere )

    But if you have a furnace kiln.
    You could do 'Patnors method' ( Gold refining forum ) & roast all of them till the plastics carbon dust, sieve it to remove the chip dies & then Gold pan it to get the Gold, & maybe Silver wires.

  5. #4
    Jblevins75 started this thread.
    Jblevins75's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Oct 2019
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Yeah Eesakiwi im just going to toss them in my kiln melt them down

  6. #5
    PartTimeScrapper's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Morrison, Colorado
    Posts
    3,605
    Thanks
    997
    Thanked 3,241 Times in 1,326 Posts
    sounds like a topic for the gold refiner forums.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to PartTimeScrapper for This Post:


  8. #6
    eesakiwi's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Dec 2010
    Location
    NZ
    Posts
    2,496
    Thanks
    2,694
    Thanked 2,417 Times in 1,187 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by PartTimeScrapper View Post
    sounds like a topic for the gold refiner forums.
    Sorta, i think that anything past that is definitely GRF territory though.

    Its not really "refining" & its not much different from plain Gold panning & doesn't involve chemicals in any way so its on the SMF side of the SMF - GRF border.

    I'm not in favour of refining, or using any chemicals in any way at all.
    I have been there a long time ago & its quite very dangerous.
    Its got a huge setup co$t, its very time involving with invasive ongoing co$t$. Low return even when experience is gained, at a large co$t too and the result has to be then made into a tradable form, independantly tested in a proper Laboratory assay testing house.
    And then sold.
    Its a lot lot easier to just process the escrap into its grades, sell it & buy a standardized Gold coin with a known value.

    Patnors method gets you Gold wires ( & probably Silver wires mixed in with them, maybe not ) out of a few Lbs of IC chips at home without much danger.
    Enough to put into a tiny glass vial as a display or such demonstration.
    Even melting those into a ball would be difficult without spending all of the return in a crucible.

    Its not much different from collecting Silver electrical contacts & thats possibly more dangerous if the person is melting the solder backing to get the contacts off.
    The reason?
    I will write here because its a Safety Issue & not to be ignored.

    Since the Solders quite possibly got Cadmium mixed with Silver and Cadmium is volatile & will evaporate with the heat & cool down in the air & get breathed in and/or settle out & its quite poisonous if inhaled or in skin contact.

    I'm just using this opportunity to remind anybody who might be thinking of doing this.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to eesakiwi for This Post:



  10. Similar threads on the Scrap Metal Forum

    1. Flatpack IC memory chips per pound price
      By martyweil in forum General Electronics Recycling
      Replies: 37
      Last Post: 06-09-2015, 09:59 PM
    2. What do we reckon this bag of chips is worth?
      By Hairyloon in forum Computer Recycling
      Replies: 8
      Last Post: 09-08-2014, 10:14 PM
    3. Long looking chips on circuit boards.
      By kinipela in forum Scrap Metal Questions and Answers
      Replies: 3
      Last Post: 05-11-2013, 02:45 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

 
Browse the Most Recent Threads
On SMF In THIS CATEGORY.





OR

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

The Scrap Metal Forum

    The Scrap Metal Forum is the #1 scrap metal recycling community in the world. Here we talk about the scrap metal business, making money, where we connect with other scrappers, scrap yards and more.

SMF on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter Facebook