when I melt ally, I just try and get all non ally parts off and then put the rest into my crucible.
I find that once I have poured the ally off the other metal parts can then just be tipped out.
You sure do like your ally!
Numbers and weighed every bar and looks like over 100 bars. Is there a reason you are stockpiling so much? Do you do metal casting or have some other use for it?
I was stripping manifolds as they are easy to get to the non ally bits but time consuming. The heads were too much of a hassle to think about stripping them so I melted them whole. I now do the manifolds the same as the ally just drains off and leaves all the little plugs and bits and pieces behind.
I want to do an aluminium plate. I was going to do 1000mmx500x60 but I'm having second thoughts.
I figured out haw many litres of ally this would take and what it would weigh. Who says ally is lightweight??
I think I'll reduce the plate to 600x 500 instead. Still going to take 18L of ally. Ally is 2.6kg per litre so it's still going to be a substantial Piece. I thought I had a bit of ally in stock till I worked this out, now I'm not so sure!
There are still a load of manifolds I have to melt down and I think I'll put it in the scrapper furnace and let it run into a cut down drum of water. This will make pellets I can then load into something like a 9Kg gas bottle I can get enough volume in to do the plate. I'd like to make that a tilting furnace but not really sure how to go about heating something that size. It's not that I don't have the power, I can pull up probably 750Kw where I am with burners now, but it's getting it into the ally and without blowing a hole in the steel gas bottle.
Plenty of thinking to do.