Showing posts with label setting up home foundry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label setting up home foundry. Show all posts

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Quick And Easy Electric Furnace

So before I put aside my "Projects In Metal" mags. I thought I would post one more project. This one is for a very quick and easy aluminum melter. You have been interested in melting aluminum but are not crazy about playing with charcoal, coal, oil, or even propane or natural gas. You are limited to a small garage or basement shop space and open flame and products of combustion are not a good idea. The answer of course is an electric furnace. I built Gingery's electric furnace 35 years ago and it worked out great in my basement shop at the time.

This plan from the June 1991 "Projects In Metal" is far quicker and easier than Dave's plan, no playing around with refractory mixes or building housings from scratch, and the size compares with Dave's, to build his shop from scrap machines. Materials are relatively easy to acquire, your local kitchen stove parts supply store will handle the electrical and most pottery supply stores carry a brand of hi-temp insulating wool.






Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Hothead" Dual Fuel Metal Melter (Part 2)

Continuing from part 1 of the furnace build this section covers most of the accessories necessary for the casting process and I will do some casting and test the furnace performance.

(Part 2)
1. Build day use waste oil tank.
2. Build propane system.
3. Build casting accessories, pouring shanks, molding bench and flasks.
4 Do some casting for furnace performance testing.

Here are a few pictures of what to expect.




Click on the following link for the detailed build.