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Old 08-10-2010, 02:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to clean a Lead Melting pot

When we get enough lead, we melt it, skim off as much crud from the surface as I can. Then I flux it and skim again. When it's cleaned up, I pour ingots for later use. When the pot is empty, scrape the sides and bottom with a spoon to loosen up the junk while the pot is cooling. If there's still gunk stuck to it, a small brass "toothbrush" will usually take care of it. For the really tough stuff, a brass brush on a drill gets it done.

Just as a "heads-up"- NEVER rinse dirty lead then try to melt it down. A small amount of water in molten lead will cause it to blow out of the pot.

If you've never fluxed, all it takes is a couple small pieces of wax put into the melted lead. Do it outside and in a ventilated area as it smokes heavily and will flame for a minute or so. Wait until the flame dies out and give it a stir.

A exhaust fan next to the pot pointing in the opposite direction from your body.
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The best way we have found to clean lead is to use a propane burner from a turkey fryer outside and you place a dutch oven on top of it and crank up the heat and have the wind to your back so the fumes are blown away so your not inhailing them.

You will need a big spoon and a ladel affixed to some 1" dowel rod 36" long.
Ladel handle needs tobe bent to 45 and be Stainless steel.
Spoon will have a straight handle and be Stainless steel.

We use Gulf Parrifin Wax when fluxing, You can find it in the canning section of most Grocery Stores.
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We only pour jigs with this cleaned lead.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to clean a Lead Melting pot

I only clean mine out once or twice per year as I keep it over half flull all the time, but when I do clean it my method is similar to yours except I use a flat screw driver instead of a spoon.

When fluxing, as soon as my wax starts to smoke, I light it up with a match and stir it till all of the flames go away. Then it is ready to pour. I have heard but not tried that kitty litter put in the pot will keep the lead clean. I have also heard that 30 weight nondetergent motor oil works as well as wax that that too I have not tried.
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More great instructions and tips, Thanks David.
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great post, thanks David
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Well I have tried to fix mine but all it does is drip lead. Can it be sent back to Lee to be re-furbished?

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Old 10-11-2010, 06:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well I tried again today to fix this thing and made some progress. First I removed the handle and spout pin (I have no idea what the actual name is), then I suspended it upside downover a mess metal wastebasket. All the crap heated up and fell out except for the caked on dirt. I chipped as much of the dirt out with a flathead screwdriver as I could. The next step is a wire wheel brush I picked up at Wal_Mart I just need to find the drill chuck key first.

Now The question- How do you clean the area where the pin seats? I was just thinking of some sand paper or maybe a dremel bit.

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Yesterday I spent about an hour with a wire brush attachment for the drill and all the dirt is gone! I cleaned out the hole as best as I could with a piece of spinnerbait wire and a very small round file. It is back together but I ran out of daylight so maybe this weekend I can pour some jigs.

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Tried pouring some jigs today and still have problems with the melter. Fixed the leaking by messing with the two screws on top but now it pours slow. Can I just drill the hole out bigger? I am ready to just sell all my lead molds and stuff because this is getting to be a real PITA! It is nice to be able to make leadheads the way I want and they are a lot cheaper but man this is frustrating.

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Im new to pouring lead too and I had problems with my pot at first too. The same ones you are having it sounds like. (I have the 4-20) How I solved it was two ways... one or the other or both did the trick...
with it hot I put a screw driver on the top of the bar that stops up the hole and turned it back and forth a good bit to be sure it sat nice and flush. Then I adjusted the screws, the top one and the bottom one. I adjusted the bottom one to be sure the lead didnt leak out and then I adjusted the top one to get the lead to pour at the speed I wanted once I opened the valve. It took a little playing around but I got it and now my pot pours well.
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You guys have fancier pots than mine. I don't have any adjustment screws.

Allen, about parts for it. My pot is over 20 years old and I used to sell jigs so I'm guessing it has poured 20,000 or more. I completely wore it out and bought a whole new inside and plunger from them. It was way cheaper than buying a new one.
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