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How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry

After you’ve built your own mini foundry, it’s time to put it to use! Check out this tutorial to learn how to melt aluminum soda cans into pucks for casting.

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How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry

Nice –  you’ve built your own mini foundry! Now it’s time to put it to use. Check out this tutorial to learn how to melt aluminum soda cans into pucks for casting.

How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry

Knowing how to melt aluminum is an incredibly useful survival skill – and this DIY requires only a few household items. Using your mini foundry, a few coals and a ton of heat, you can turn soda cans into aluminum pucks that can become practically any object. This technique is a great way to recycle old soda cans, and you can make awesome new objects in just a few steps. Check out the supply list below to get started, and let us know your own aluminum melting techniques in the comments.

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How to melt aluminum:

Step 1: Lay a single layer of coals at the bottom of your foundry.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step One

Step 2: Center your crucible, then fill in the sides with coals.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Two

Step 3: Light the coals! Aluminum melts at 1,221 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Three

Step 4: Once they’ve burned for a few minutes, use a hair dryer to blow air down the blower tube.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Four

Put on the foundry lid to help keep in the heat.

Step 5: Insert an aluminum can into the foundry.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Five

Step 6: Pour the melted aluminum into a muffin pan to create aluminum pucks.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Six

Step 7: About 8-10 cans should give you a sizable puck.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Seven

Step 8: Store your pucks in a cool place, or pour it over styrofoam to forge aluminum objects.
How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry Step Eight

Check out the video below to see this tutorial in action:

How to Melt Aluminum in Your Mini Foundry

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  1. JJM123

    January 4, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Sure – Plug in the hair dryer or use the blow torch after the grid goes down. Nice short cuts for today. Where’s the instructions to build a hand operated BELLOWS to get high heat from a pile of dead wood??

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