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altfritz30 Jul 2020 4:48 p.m. PST

Can anybody recommend a source for small melting pot that will suit North American power sources?

I've looked at the ones sold by Alex Tiranti and Prince August but they all appear to have UK plugs.

The only company I've found is in the USA: Wenesco

Are there any others?

The last time I had one was about 30 years ago and I bought it at a gun shop. That place has closed, long since, and anyway, IIRC, the pot had a restriction of lead only (if that makes any sense?)

Nic Robson Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 7:08 p.m. PST

Try Romanoff, I believe close to the border and have helped me in the past.

altfritz30 Jul 2020 7:28 p.m. PST

Thanks Nic!

Zephyr130 Jul 2020 8:44 p.m. PST

Also look in bait & tackle shops (or their catalogs.)

RudyNelson30 Jul 2020 8:48 p.m. PST

Casting items according to banks are part of the jewelry group. So you might check those catalogs. That is where I found some used for melting precious metal.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 5:04 a.m. PST

The black powder rifle community would be another source. Many mold their own shot. Then again I don't know how popular that is in Canada.

altfritz31 Jul 2020 5:16 a.m. PST

Stosstruppen – I think that is what my old melt pot was for: making bird shot and similar.

Sgt Slag31 Jul 2020 8:01 a.m. PST

While you can cast mini's with lead, you will get better results using Prince August's Model Metal. It is more money, but it is worth it.

I used PA fantasy molds, back in the early 2000's. I bought my melting pot, with heating element, at an outfitter shop which sold it for casting fishing weights/sinkers. It worked superbly, with both lead, and Model Metal.

You can likely obtain lead tire weights for free, at tire shops, as they have to pay to dispose of it! You will have more dross to skim off, and throw away (responsibly!), and the lead will not flow as well, into the small channels within the molds.

I've read that even with centrifugal casting machines, the lead will not flow as well as the Model Metal alloy. I did, however, successfully cast using pure lead. I just had more miscast's which went directly back into the pot!

The molds are said to be good for around 500 castings -- not "successful" castings, just castings. Mine never wore out, and I eventually sold them off, for cheap money on e-Bay. I likely made around 100-200 castings from each of my molds.

I needed 60 (100? I forget -- circa 2001) Wolves, for a Battle of Five Armies game (Tolkein's book, The Hobbit). I cast them with my PA mold. They worked great… Then I sold off around 1/2 of them, because I never needed that many again. The remainder are currently serving as mounts for plastic Caesar Goblin figures, as Light Wolf Cavalry, in my regular fantasy games. Cheers!

Personal logo jsmcc91 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 10:57 a.m. PST

Contact Frank Deluca at Romanoff. I have worked with him for years and he will get you what you need.

14Bore31 Jul 2020 11:43 a.m. PST

Tire weights at least here in Pa ( and suspect a large area around if not everywhere) are no longer lead. ( I collect all I see on bile rides).
I'm sitting on a hundred pounds but it's doing you no good sadly.
I cast my own musket balls for my Brown Bess replica, this might help.

altfritz31 Jul 2020 6:47 p.m. PST

Thanks Guys, I remembered another local shop and went to check with them today. They are going to try and order me one. :-) I'll probably be using Prince August metals for the casting. Next step: source North American RTV supplier. The last time I did any home casting was 30-odd years ago, and the RTV was from a German company (which is still around). And I found it on Alex Tiranti's site as well. The only problem is the rules have changed; its now a hazardous material and they can't ship it, so I have to find a local supplier.

Sgt Slag31 Jul 2020 8:08 p.m. PST

Back in the 90's, a friend used automotive RTV silicone, brushing it into the recesses of the master, first, then squeezing it out, en masse, filling the rest. He showed me his castings he made. They were excellent quality. Cheers!

Rick190504 Aug 2020 4:48 p.m. PST

There are Canadian and American suppliers of lead free pewter. There's no reason to ship it across the Atlantic.

Sgt Slag06 Aug 2020 2:14 p.m. PST

Dunken Company, USA, sells Model Metal, and other lead-free alloys. I bought my molds, and metal, from them, 15+ years ago. Great company to work with. Cheers!

altfritz06 Aug 2020 6:11 p.m. PST


wmyers07 Aug 2020 8:46 a.m. PST

You can check out and aliexpress for the identical melting pots Prince August sells.

Check the listing to make sure the pot has the NorthAm plug.

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