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Old 10-17-2017, 12:06 PM
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I have toyed with casting Aluminum a few times myself. Last time was just a few weeks ago. I needed a 2" x3" x 6" piece of material for a different project. I simply used a large (500,000 BTU) propane torch inside a piece of 8" pipe. I made a simple crucible from a piece of 4" I'd pipe with a sucker rod handle. It worked well as a melter, but I had issues with the castings. I tried lost foam casting for the first time. As an indication of scale, the two melts I did we're both on the order of 70 cubic inches.

Your system is very sophisticated by comparison. Good work!
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:41 PM
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I have toyed with casting Aluminum a few times myself. Last time was just a few weeks ago. I needed a 2" x3" x 6" piece of material for a different project. I simply used a large (500,000 BTU) propane torch inside a piece of 8" pipe. I made a simple crucible from a piece of 4" I'd pipe with a sucker rod handle. It worked well as a melter, but I had issues with the castings. I tried lost foam casting for the first time. As an indication of scale, the two melts I did we're both on the order of 70 cubic inches.

Your system is very sophisticated by comparison. Good work!
Sophisticated in not what I will call it, but in comparison maybe.

Thank you
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