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Booshway
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Cleaning and Pouring up some lead for later use in a lee melter for roundball making.

Notice that I used a traditional propane burner Wink


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Booshway
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I have a similar propane burner. I melt the lead in an iron pot and dip it out with an iron ladle. I have an old biscuit tin mold that I use to make round lead ingots. Besides round balls of various calibers I also make both bank and pyramid type fishing sinkers.
I have about a 3 pound canoe anchor that I made by melting lead in the bottom of my iron pot, inserting a "U" bolt, and then letting the lead harden again. It forms sort of a mushroom type anchor. It works well for a light canoe or kayak.


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I have a couple of iron bark wood finger molds that I made with iron bark scraps from building a gaff topsail cutter back in 1976. The extremely hard wood does not burn but scorches nicely.

The mold grooves measure 6 inches long x 1/2 inch wide x 1/2 inch deep with round bottom. Makes nice fingers of lead for the bag and can be cut into smaller pieces with a 'hawk for melting in the homemade hammered bag ladle.

For making ingots I have a muffin tin from a child's play stove that used a 100 watt light to bake cookies and such. The tin has six round holes about an inch in dia and about 5/8ths inch deep, makes for a nice small ingot for storage in the cabinet.

Otherwise I use a Coleman single burner stove and a heavy walled steel melting pot about 4 inches in dia x 4 inches deep to melt down enough lead to do a production run of ball.

regards, xfox


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You built a gaff topsail cutter? Wow! I am impressed.
I am a wooden boat fan. I built a wood strip canoe, but that is all.


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