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Almost a Pouring Disaster
02-23-2011, 08:14 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
I'm glad you're Ok and didn't get burned. I too like LedHed always take any kind of junk lead and melt it in a cast iron pot. What this does is, as the lead heats up, it dries and takes the moisture or evaporates any water that could be trapped in used lead. Never ever put any used lead it a hot lead pot. Put in only ingots you have made yourself in the past. Stay safe.
"Practice, practice and more practice, and when you think you're good practice some more." circa 2006, Cadman
04-09-2011, 08:49 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
I always melt my used lead outside over an open fire (wood)... and yes people always say what you cant melt metal over an open fire but believe me I have melted glass in an open fire... I just took a cheap charcoal grill and use it for smelting/purifying for ingots... doesn't take a big fire at all... and its totally worth the safety later on... stay safe man and keep an eye on that wound because if you should have gotten stitches it could easily get infected... take care jim
12-21-2011, 11:50 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
If I were you I would have put the sinker in first before it melted and then add clean lead. That way something like that would be avoided. I bet now you wear a face shield or safety glasses because of the "tinsel fairy" visit.
12-22-2011, 02:31 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
I do wear eye protection now. They are comfortable enough that at times I forget I have them on.
12-22-2011, 04:23 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Glad you didn't get burned bad and blinded. You now put the dirty lead in first then the clean stuff, right?
06-06-2012, 10:52 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
You are truely blessed.

I'm wondering if your sinker contained any salt. I got some lead sinkers that poped (but nothing like yours) and discovered the lead was laced with white veins of salt from where the moisture dried up years ago, but left behind the minerals.

Because of the popping, I now pre-melt everything outside in the driveway, adding the lead with a needle nose, then moving back real fast to avoid any issues. Also a good way to 'clean' the lead of any impurities.
01-22-2013, 12:22 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Thanks to this thread, when this happened to me last weekend I was ok.

Thanx for sharing Jim -- saved me a near disaster.
01-22-2013, 02:43 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
hookup, the sinker that exploded on me could have had salt in it as well. A friend found them while walking along a beach in Maryland and sent me them.
01-22-2013, 06:20 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Is it safe to melt your lead with a propane bottle type torch? And if it is, would it prevent the moisture form exploding. Say you held the lead weight above the pot and hit it with the flame from torch and let it melt that way.....that way it is not submerged in already melted lead?
01-22-2013, 09:13 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Don't do it!!!! It will still splatter if there's moisture in it. I learned it the hard way!! Used to wire the clips and then melt them off and got one and it popped and it do hurt!!!!!!!!

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