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    New to melting lead

    Hello friends. So well like the title says I'm new to all of this but very intrested and have taken action as far as buying supply's and so on. I've got endless amount of wheel weights and I fish ALOT. I purchased this small smelter that runs off of white gas. Minor sure exactly what it is due to there being no name or brand on it. I guess I'm just curious to know what to do and not to do while melting and maybe some tips would be much appreciated. I melted some last night and actually used some shredded paper I had and tossed it in to separate the clips and it worked out pretty well.


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    Make sure you have good ventilation. For melting wheel weights a wire spider like what you would use to get stuff out of a deep fryer works great for removing clips. Depending on what size sinkers you are wanting to pour you may find you need to blend in some soft lead to pour small size ones.

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    I melted some down last night and made some ingots using a cupcake pan. I seen a video of a guy who put saw dust into his mix to separate the clips from the lead all tho I didn't have to do that. I did the melting outside and didn't stand close to it as it was cooking. Should I get a respirator? Or just be careful lol.

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    If you are doing it a lot I would get a respirator with a P100 filter. For limited use good ventilation should be fine.

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    Ok perfect. Yea I got a mold last night for split shots and a lot of them didn't even mold correctly. The lead is way to hard to close them without cracking them. I had originally melted the lead down into the ingots and removed all of the slag. I melted the ingots down last night and there was a lot more. So I guess I will just have to get the lead hotter? Also is there is difference in using wood shavings vs say shredded paper to remove all of the slag and impurities?

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    I use an actual flux to clean mine. For about $10 you can buy enough flux to do thousands and thousands of lbs of lead. Stuff I get Frankford Arsenal CleanCast Lead Fluxing Compound 1 lb If you are wanting to pour split shots or other small stuff you will have to get some softer lead. No matter how clean wheel weight lead is not going to make good split shots it is just too hard.

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    I hear that lead flashing from roofs work good. So if there is a roofing company that does tear outs, they might be willing to part. FYI
    I also was thinking about range scrap but I don't know how soft that would be.

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    alot of your wheel weights are zinc, and it breaks instead of bending, you are going to need to sort them, or get a good source of soft lead, old cast iron pipe joints, or roof flashing are your two most likely candidates
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