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melting lead

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by muskyking3, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. muskyking3

    muskyking3 New Member

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    Can anyone tell me if a hot plate can get hot enough to melt lead. The pot I have is about 1 to 2 gallon cast,like a small dutch oven with a lid. I want to melt a larger quanty to make ingots for my lee pot. Thanks
  2. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

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    as a child i tried to melt lead on a electric range stove top it didn't melt. however it did on a gas stove top. the melting point for lead is 600*f or 325 c so i doubt the hot plate would work.
  3. RustyFN

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    I don't think it will. I use one of these for melting WW's and making ingots.
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    It melt lead fast. I can do around 1,000 pounds on a tank of gas.
    Rusty
  4. Jimlakeside

    Jimlakeside New Member

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    I tried it, my hot plate bought at Wally World didn't even come close.
  5. bfox

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    I used a hotplate before and a small cast iron pot.
    It worked but took forever .

    Then I used a Coleman stove that worked better .
    Then I wised up and bought a turkey fryer like Rusty said .
    Boy what a Difference it sure melts em Fast .

    Bill
  6. 44-40 Willy

    44-40 Willy New Member

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    I've used a cast iron pot on a wood fire out in the yard and it worked pretty well for both ingots and casting bullets. Just make sure you've got a good bunch of coals going.
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