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    The yard i go to in Norcross, GA (about 30 minutes from me) is paying about 2.5 cents per pound for shred steel. On the up side of that, they accept almost anything as steel. Including TVs and computer monitors. Those add up in weight pretty quick. Even printers with all their plastics. It's low, i know, but at least they aren't picky on what goes as scrap steel. Copper was down too. #2 was down to almost a dollar a pound. There is another scrap yard across the street that seems to pay better prices. While my usual yard pays 2.5 cents/lb for steel, this other yard pays 5 cents/lb for clean steel. Granted, it is clean steel meaning no plastic, but I get mostly clean steel anyways. Plus this other yard gives you "loyalty points" with which you can redeem for some pretty nice things like GPSs or high-end TVs, etc. Thinking of giving them a shot.
    I am also looking into the backyard foundry stuff. By melting my AL and probably #2 copper, if I do it right, I can actually make more money. The Devil Forge is what I'm interested in (propane is relatively cheap at the Ace hardware for me). In general though, I like to melt the metal anyway. Then if i can't sell it as a nice ingot bar online, i can always sell it as a block of metal at the scrap yard.


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    I built my own metal melting furnace thinking the same thing. Clean metal -- more money; doesn't work that way.

    Melting Aluminum is a waste of time unless you are going to cast a product of sorts, ie. figurines, cosplay/prop weapons, machine parts, ex

    Melting copper or brass looks cool and is entertaining, but from what Ive experienced, most scrap yards wont buy ingots due to their unknown composition and alloys. These are best sold as curiosities or cast into a final product same as Au.

    Better than scrap is the only way to make a metal melting furnace cost effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faceball View Post
    I built my own metal melting furnace thinking the same thing. Clean metal -- more money; doesn't work that way.

    Melting Aluminum is a waste of time unless you are going to cast a product of sorts, ie. figurines, cosplay/prop weapons, machine parts, ex…

    Melting copper or brass looks cool and is entertaining, but from what I’ve experienced, most scrap yards won’t buy ingots due to their unknown composition and alloys. These are best sold as curiosities or cast into a final product same as Au.

    Better than scrap is the only way to make a metal melting furnace cost effective.
    About what i figured more of hobby not money maker

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    wow u guys are not living right,,or is it an east coast thing?? LOL ..here in OK i just did a scrap run mon, got .04 f steel, it was .02 3 months ago but slowly went up.copper #2 ,wire or tubing,is 1.96.brass is 1.55..AL is low .20..but AL breakage is .05, when i scrap out gas hot water heaters i use a LARGE pipe wrench and twist off the thermostat control, there is a piece of brass that threads into HWH, then i save the thermostat control,and the same units off HVAC units and remove small brass fittings, and take them in for AL breakage, i get .05 .. the yard near me is corporatly owned so maybe thats why they pay more.. when scrapping central heat gas furnaces, take off the flame pipe(4 bolts) where the flame comes out, the ends are brass(3-5 pieces),and just threaded into steel black pipe,(u will need a 6 point socket to remove,maybe ground flat on the end )easy money..u have to remove this pipe to remove thermostate/ gas valve any way..i am saving my insulated wire (.40) until i make a wire stripper,then i can get almost 2$ a pound !! copper and brass is where the money is, u just have to break it down and look every where for it, door handles off home entry doors have brass, either solid brass or a thin brass cover over a steel plate,,door latche plungers also have a thin cover of either brass or AL,,all keys are brass now,,the male end prongs of electric cords are brass ,nickel plated,clamp in vise long ways,take a hammer an chisel and cut in half,clamp brass end prong in vise, use pliers and pull off plastic, it comes off easy, twist copper wire together so it doesnt fall apart and cut off, and repeat for other prong,one end, u will have two brass prongs ,and 2 inches of copper wire,.10-.20 cents,it easyer to do this in summer ,when plastic is soft,oh and if your going to melt AL, use only AL castings to make good new AL castings, dont mix in AL cans or AL sheet or AL exstusions,,
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    metal up to $4.50 $100/LB...…...I pull everything I can get to within reason...…...the scrap metal is just a by product of getting the more valuable items...…..Just glad we still get paid for the "trash"

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    Last load I took in was a week ago.

    Got $3 a hundred for shred, $5.50 a hundred for rotors.

    $1.90/lb for copper 2
    $1.35/lb for brass
    $0.50/lb for low grade ins wire
    $0.33/lb for cans

    The area where customers drop shred was completely empty.
    I backed in all the way to the wall, I've never seen that in the 16 years I've been going there.
    Usually it's a pile 80 feet wide, 50 feet long, and 3 stories tall.
    They must have had a pretty good order to wipe that out.

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    all my prices are in dollarydoos so you may have to convert.

    still getting 140 a ton for heavy gauge and 70 a ton for light gauge

    alloy is holding at .60c for domstic and .80c for cast and a $1kg for rims

    brass dropped 10c a kg to 3.5 a kg

    bright and shiny copper wire still $6 kg

    no2 copper $5 kg

    it will be a slow climb back up cos if people are hording when the demand goes back up a few people will cash in and slow the demand and so on and so on..
    excluding political relations and international deals ect..

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntersarrow View Post
    all my prices are in dollarydoos so you may have to convert.

    still getting 140 a ton for heavy gauge and 70 a ton for light gauge

    alloy is holding at .60c for domstic and .80c for cast and a $1kg for rims

    brass dropped 10c a kg to 3.5 a kg

    bright and shiny copper wire still $6 kg

    no2 copper $5 kg

    it will be a slow climb back up cos if people are hording when the demand goes back up a few people will cash in and slow the demand and so on and so on..
    excluding political relations and international deals ect..

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