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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by bnt55, Sep 9, 2008.
Will a coleman camp stove melt lead for pouring weights or do I need more heat??
i melt small amounts on a coleman camp stove, i never tried a large amount yet. I worry about how much heat the old stove can take( it is a old pump style )
Fish/Turkey Fryer works great if you have one. Just get a cast iron pot to put the lead in and you are good to go.
welcowe to the boc and you can melt smallamounts on the colman
Stoves, turkey burners, and bbq's will all work. Honestly they aren't very good unless you are in a garage or in a totally windless area. You will find if you have any wind the ladle, lead, and mold are hard to keep consistent in holding heat.
Ya wanna know the best home way of doing it ?...buy a $20 single top oven burner. They stay consistent and work the best to me.
I open my doors, turn on fans and pour on my kitchen stove. Keep it ventilated well and keep all kids and pets far away.
Hope this helps
I've melted lead on the kitchen stove, on a fish frier, and even in a coffee can on an open fire.
Lead melts easy but it depends on how much you have to melt as to how fast it will melt. If you have one big chunk of it it might take a while to melt it on a standard fire and the propane turkey/fish fryer will work better/faster.
I agree , it does take longer using a big chunk on a stove. A way around that is to use a few smaller pieces first....If you have the choice.
Once the smaller amount of lead melts drop in the chunk....it will melt fast. Dropping one large piece will take a lot longer.
thanks, I used a coleman stove today and it seemed to work pretty well.
I use an old Coleman gas stove. It burns HOT. I use a heavy duty sauce pan that has a spout. It takes awhile to melt but once its hot enough it melts fast. Like was said small pieces work best.
I don't know what the prices are now but even if you can find a used on cheap, the Lyman Lead Furnaces work great. Mine holds 20 lb of lead and is a bottom pour. There is also a LEE in 10 lb. These can be found at better places that sell firearm reloading equipment.
I use a coleman stove to keep the lead at pouring temps. But, I initially melt it with an oxy/acetylene torch. It only takes a minute or so to melt it. The stove will keep it In liquid form. Dump all the lead you want to use in the pan, turn on the stove, and wave the torch over it till it's melted. Don't put any more lead in the pan till you're finished with whats already in it. Lead has a nasty habit of popping like bacon grease if you get trash or especially water in it.
I like the coleman stove for melting and cleaning wheel weights to make into ingots.