Fluxing your melt

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  1. Arkansas Paul

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    I used candle wax for a while and while it may not be the best, it does seem to make the oily sludge easier to remove from the pot.

    These days I use this before pouring ingots.
    I like to store my ingots as clean as possible, so when it's time to cast bullets, I have little work to do.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1010189060?pid=593033
     
  2. jkhammer

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    Sawdust stirring it around with a wooden paint stick. Works great. I also agree with the bees wax.
     
  3. Texas10mm

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    ????

    It sure as hell does.
     
  4. Targa

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    The beeswax candles I use smoke like Cheech and Chong until it lights off anyway..:D
     
  5. Jack Ryan

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    It isn't something you should be doing in the kitchen any way. Turn the hood fan on if the smoke bothers you.
     
  6. AJC1

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    Fluxing with your mold warming on the side of the pot results in one side being turned nice and black. Guess I'll move it next time. ;)
     
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  7. GBExpat

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    Sounds naughty, so that may not be legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.



    Sorry ... slipped into Silly for moment, there ... :)
     
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  8. kcofohio
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    I have only used sawdust, mostly pine, with some popular. It works well and is free. :)
     
  9. kmw1954

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    So I just tried something new. Pistachio shells! Last bag I ate I saved the shells and then washed/soaked them to remove any salts. Seemed to work well and oh what an aroma!
     
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  10. AJC1

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    Did you grind them up???
     
  11. kmw1954

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    Just kind of smashed them up with a hammer, nothing special. Have another bag I'm going to try again.
     
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  12. .38 Special

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    It might be interesting to hear about what doesn't work. Everything I've ever tried was fine.

    I did once drop my eyeglasses into the pot. Fished them out straight away, but they were never quite the same again. The alloy still worked well...
     
  13. splattergun

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    That's the dirt smoking, not the beeswax.
     
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  15. Texas10mm

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  16. Armored farmer

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    Am I the only dummy using store-bought fluxing compound!?
     
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  17. Jack Ryan

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    Live and learn.
     
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  18. AJC1

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    Do what makes you happy
     
  19. Armored farmer

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    I can say that it works really well.
     
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  20. Texas10mm

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    Many of those store bought fluxes remove tin.
     
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  21. highlander 5

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    Used store bought for ages stopped using it after draining my pot to clean it took over an hour to get the residue of the interior of the pot.
    Have a batch of bullets that didn't work well that are lubed using those as flux when those running out I continue using bullet lube might try bee's wax.
     
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  22. Jack Ryan

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    If my wife ever runs out of candles I'll start buying yard sale crayons again.
     
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  23. Muddydogs

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    I use the cheap tea candles one purchases from Wal Mart for a couple bucks when smelting and bee's wax stirred around with a pint stick when casting. Saw dust may work great but I never have any when needed and don't want to store any between smelting sessions which may be 5 plus years. I usually let my lead supply build up between smelting sessions and end up smelting 500 to 1000 pounds at a time so a bag of tea candles is quick to obtain and cheap. With my current stock I may never need to smelt again.
     
  24. Jack Ryan

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    Just pick up a hand full of pine needles off the ground when you need them. Throw them out when you don't.
     
  25. Armored farmer

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    New casters beware of scooping up just anything you find laying about for flux. If you get too much moisture in your sawdust or pine needles your going to get a bad reaction when you dump it in your pot.
     
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