Should acetylene or MAPP gas be able to melt
aluminum or aluminum alloy in some kind of iron pot?
Should an oven be built for it? I plan to make a
backyard aluminum sculpture. Possibly a little turtle, frog
or a reinforcing frame structure for a specialized tool.
I've bought and studied the Gingery books from Lindsay Tech Books
> and studied them, very interesting, and open your
eyes to the fact that there are usually several ways to get things done.
has a lot of info, and a very knowledgable
discussion forum. They even have info on that grease-powered furnace.
I've melted aluminum in a coffee can surrounded by charcoal and fed with a
hairdryer, used a propane weedburner in a pottery kiln, and a old vacuum
cleaner setup as an oxygen lance to get a brushpile hot enough that it
melted a half gallon cast iron pot full of pistons and scrap.
Melting aluminum isn't hard, it's doing it safely that matters. I always use
welding gloves, a leather jacket, boots, a plexi face shield, and like
having a bed of sand under everything.
Have fun, and be safe!