I have probably close to 200 lbs. of lead in various forms that I would like
to melt down into 1/8" or 1/4" thick sheets of about 10" x 15" size each.
What is the best and most economical way to do this? A week ago, I tried
using a small propane burner to melt down a small coffee can full of lead.
Once molten, I poured the lead into a cookie sheet of about 10" x 15" size
and it was a disaster as the cookie sheet seemed to sink while the lead
cooled unevenly on one side of the cookie sheet, leaving gaps and brittle
spots. The big problem seems to be that the lead doesn't remain molten long
enough to form a good mold during pouring.
Before I spend $200+ on already made sheet lead (which I don't really want
to do), I'd really like to try molding my own-- that is if I can
economically work out the issues above, so I would greatly appreciate any
pointers, tips, etc in this regard.
One other question: I notice that the lead I'm melting down contains
varying amounts of Antimony and I want to minimize the percentage of this
element for as pure of lead as possible. Suggestions?
Thanks, in advance, for your response.
- posted 17 years ago