melting brass padlocks

Hi all
Today I tried melting brass for the first time. I had some nice heavy
brass padlocks around and so I dumped them into my 4" pipe crucible. After
2 hours and several pounds of charcoal the padlocks were orange but simply
the brass did not flow. I did not took the steel pieces apart since I'm
lazy and I expected to fish them out when the brass melted.
Is padlock brass the yellow brass novices are cautioned against? If so,
what would be a common scrap source for silicon bronze? Taps, hinges,
fittings, something?
regards,
Mongke

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mongke
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Hotter. More charcoal (more underneath?), lid, more air. You're almost there!
Tim
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Tim Williams
Mongke:
I can melt brass w/charcoal, but I have to do it on the first load of coals, adding more isn't enough. I agree with Tim. More air, better air flow - that's part of my problem adding more coals, the ash starts filling up. And a top.
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John Hofstad-Parkhill
Are you sure that they are not bronze, instead? I'm not sure what the difference in melting point is between the two, but I know that my old Yale padlock is bronze, not brass, and I would expect others to be as well -- at least those intended to be out in the weather and to take a beating.
Good Luck, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols
Actually I can't say. I remember the packaging of at least one read "brass". All they are yellow tending to slight green. Some of them were outdoors and came in fine.
regards,
Mongke
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mongke

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