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Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby exnailpounder » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:08 am

Got a jingle this morning to build one. Been looking at them on Youtube. I have extensive knowledge of re-lining casting furnaces but have never built one. Anyone have any experience with these that can give me some advice?
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby Rupes » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:25 pm

No but I'll be keen to see how you go.

I was looking at it myself on youtube only a few weeks ago. Building and fabrication seems simple enough. I only ran into slight issues when trying to figure out where and what to buy re crucibles and refractory cement etc. Only because there are so many options.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F71fb7HreMQ&t=132s

Thats the one I had in mind. Probably the same one you've seen. Mainly because its big enough and it looks cool. Makeitextreme is a great channel if you like making your own workshop equipment. They did one but I'm pretty sure they used a blanket material rather than casting, can't quite remember though.

I take about 50kg of copper pipe off cuts/old pipe to the scrap metal ever couple months. I had in mind to melt it down into blocks. That and some furniture ideas I had in mind that needed cast aluminium.
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby electrode » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:30 pm

No help here either other than I have looked into making one with firebrick and winding the heater coils from that special wire but never followed up because the main reason I wanted to make one was for hardening steels...But I realized a kiln can do that. But I still haven't bought a used kiln yet. Sometime when I see a deal close to the house on Craigs list I will likely buy one.
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby exnailpounder » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:34 pm

I go the go-ahead on this project so I will be posting up some pics in a couple weeks. Talked with my old boss that I worked for lining furnaces and he gave me some great ideas. This is going to be fun...stay tuned..
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby Tom Osselton » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:06 pm

The beer keg makes a good furnace I have done some aluminum and brass so far.
http://madmodder.net/index.php/topic,89 ... l#msg97430

Here is the link to Irornman's build ( Luckygen1001 )
http://youtu.be/1DyeESQpac0

Another thing for you to consider is sand. I tried my first casting with playsand which leaves quite a rough finish then tryed a type at Burnco called golden sand that is used in morter work it's much finer grain as you can see at post # 16 below followed by pics of the casted parts. http://madmodder.net/index.php/topic,98 ... #msg110560
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby exnailpounder » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:18 pm

Tom Osselton wrote:The beer keg makes a good furnace I have done some aluminum and brass so far.
http://madmodder.net/index.php/topic,89 ... l#msg97430

Another thing for you to consider is sand. I tried my first casting with playsand which leaves quite a rough finish then tryed a type at Burnco called golden sand that is used in morter work it's much finer grain as you can see at post # 16 below followed by pics of the casted parts. http://madmodder.net/index.php/topic,98 ... #msg110560

Are you the same guy on Tom Osselton on homemade tools? If so I have seen your work.
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby Tom Osselton » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:28 pm

As far as I know I haven't posted there I'll have to check it out. Lol
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby exnailpounder » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:35 pm

Tom Osselton wrote:As far as I know I haven't posted there I'll have to check it out. Lol

I think you ended up there...followed your links and it's the same pics. NIce work. My customer wants to be able to sand cast some parts ( he does alot of custom pool tables and other things) but not on a scale that could justify paying for a die to die cast the parts he needs. Thanks for the links, they are very helpful. I might need to pick your brain at some point in the future. 8-)
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby Tom Osselton » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:54 pm

It was a link for the best from the madmodder site never new it! Lol
http://madmodder.net/index.php
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Re: Beer Keg Casting Furnace

Postby exnailpounder » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:08 pm

Tom Osselton wrote:It was a link for the best from the madmodder site never new it! Lol
http://madmodder.net/index.php

Ill be getting back to you for sourcing. Thanks for responding!
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