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I'd be too worried about someone getting burned, setting a fire, not to mention exposing people to the toxic fumes. You've got to wonder what people are thinking at times.
Awana Grand Prix and Pinewood Derby racing - Where a child, an adult and a small block of wood combine for a lot of fun and memories.
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We melt recycled wheel weights in it, so it's probably some alloy of tin and lead. Our kits come with a slot routed in the bottom for molten weight, so no drilling/routing is needed for most designs. We also have an adult using the melting pot in a fenced-off area, and the kids don't get the cars back until they're cool enough to touch.
My son and I melted some of my old surf casting weights in a tuna can on our camping stove out on the driveway.
We must've looked pretty weird out there to the casual onlooker - like a couple of mad scientists with our masks and goggles
Your way sure beats an hour of chiseling and dremmel-izing which always made me nervous in the hands of my boy.
I know that many don't see the need to melt lead, but for some designs it really does work well, and it helps you to avoid having to handle it much if at all.
promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition."
Don Murphy, 1953 (Founder of PWD)
Any specific precautions or advice to offer when salvaging lead (Pb) from a car battery?Turbo_Python wrote:I pre-drilled the block then melted down [...] car battery cells.