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Homemade Foundry and Crucible

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I was using my home made Foundry to melt some cans that I had compiled in my scrap metal bin this morning when it decided to create an explosion. I was waiting for the fire to build up to melting temperature when I heard a loud BANG! needless to say I don't know what caused it but I put it out before delving into some research. 

The Foundry is simply a pot you would normally cook noodles in with a hole drilled into the side and 4 smaller holes on top. The crucible is an expended fire extinguisher with the top cut off. For a blower I have a steel pipe about 4-5 feet long and a hair dryer duct taped to the end (I know it's total redneck/

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Welcome aboard Jennell, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the gang live within visiting distance.

What kind of fuel are you burning? Did you cook the ink out of the cans before tossing them into the . . . "crucible"?

How long have you been melting aluminum cans and why?

Frosty The Lucky.

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