I started this build on another forum. I quickly found I was wasting time with a "your new so you don't know anything" attitude. I quikly cut my losses and left.
This is a Dave Gingery style crucible furnace. I chose this style for two reasons. The body lifts out of the way so after skimming the dross, the crucible goes directly from furnace to pouring resulting in less heat loss from handling and greater safety again from less handling.
The furnace body is 16" in diameter by 24" high, cut from a discarded water press. tank. Max. aluminum capacity 30 lbs. in steel crucible. Bronze or iron 24 lbs. in #8 clay graphite crucible, #10 will fit but I don't plan to cast much iron.
I am planning on two types of burners. A Reil type atmospheric burner to melt aluminum and a Lionel Oliver type waste motor oil burner for high temp. metals or when my barrel is full.
Plan Of Action:
1. Build shell and shell attachments.
2. Build carriage and lifting mechanism.
3. Install refactories.
4. Build burners and day use oil tank.
5. Test furnace performance.
Enough talk, on with the build
. The first photo is the shell cut from water tank, I have a # of projects planned over the next few years so a steel delivery was in order. The 3rd pic is the bottom section with drain hole cut. The last pic. is the burner port cut and ready for burner mount.
I will compleat burner mount and post tomorrow.