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Madsquad
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Melting Metal

Post by Madsquad » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:47 pm

well the title explains what i am looking for :P i need some information in case SHTF i would like some info on how to melt metal to make sutff from mean i dont think a normal fire would get hot enough to melt it is there books on this kinda stuff?

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Re: Melting Metal

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Re: Melting Metal

Post by grenfell » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:34 pm

What sort of metals are you thinking of? Some like lead , pewter and zinc can be done successfully on an open fire. Wood will get hot enough for that although charcoal will produce less smoke and make the process easier.
Steel or iron is a completely different matter, charcoal or coke and a forced air blast at least but to be honest there should be enough steel lying about to enable you to make whatever you want by forge work. All those vans and lorries lying idle for lack of fuel can be scavenged for their leaf springs to make tools and so on.
Aluminium is normally melted with an electric currant although I recall a metal work teacher I had using a gas kiln to produce castings. best wait for someone clever than me to guide you on that one.

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Re: Melting Metal

Post by Madsquad » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:05 am

well i do lead all ready for my fishing weights thinking harder metal for making tools and so on be a good skill to have

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Re: Melting Metal

Post by Partimehero » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:31 pm

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Re: Melting Metal

Post by EddyU » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:48 pm

You can buy electric furnaces for £1800 upwards. Google "Vecstar" Sheffield based UK firm I have dealt with before. I'm sure they would fabricate a bespoke forge too if you wanted.

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