32669Re: Aluminum Supply
- Nov 1, 2004Thanks a lot for the info. I didnt mean to sound.. "know it all" or
rude or anything. I just know (as you do better than i it seems)
that people have actually done it and had lifechanging results.
Magnesium + fire is dangerous dangerous stuff.
On the other hand now that you've told me this i might call up some
tire changing shops etc for their scrap al wheels. But then again im
still dreaming of finding a machine shop that still dumps its scrap
and has a dumpster near the road and not heavily police patrolled
--- In email@example.com, "Ed Paradis" <eparadis@a...> wrote:
> Hi Charles, as far as the alloy wheels are concerned, I've melted
> about 5 or so, all of different makes. I've not found any
> in any of them. The wheels ranged from what I consider as "High
> Dollar" from a wrecked corvette wheel (still had the logo on it
> I pulled it out of the dumpster, and somebody's dad was probably
> really pissed that their son ran it into the curb at a high rate
> speed) all the was down to "third party aftermarket" wheels. I
> both the "acid" test and torching a sliver before melting them, it
> came back negative on both accounts. The sliver test involves
> shaving a sliver off of the wheel and then putting a torch to it
> see if it lights off with a beautiful bright white light, and the
> acid test is putting a drop of muratic acid on the spot you just
> shaved off (clean metal) and look for immediate
> use my "Turkey Fryer" burner to heat them up to hot-shot temp,
> throw them into a large wash bucket and whackalate with a 3lb.
> drilling hammer. They usually crumble into quite usable size
> pieces. It takes a little while with the mass of the wheel, but
> eventually everything gets heated nicely and falls apart. I've
> averaged about 20lbs. or so per wheel of nice ingots after using
> "Expiring minds want to know!"
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Charles" <lancedulak@y...>
> > --- In email@example.com, rgsparber@a... wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > In a message dated 10/31/2004 5:31:15 PM Pacific Standard
> > > gene98329@c... writes:
> > >
> > > now back
> > > to thinking on how to melt a car wheel without breaking it up!
> > >
> > >
> > > The trick I have heard is to dig a hole, fill it with charcoal
> > and get it
> > > going with a bit of air flow. Then roast the wheel in the fire
> > until it gets
> > > brittle. Then hit it with a sledge. It should not shatter like
> > glass but rather
> > > break like warm plastic. I have used this technique on large
> > drive
> > > cases but not with something as big as a wheel.
> > >
> > > Rick Sparber
> > >
> > > rgsparber@A...
> > > my website: rgsparber.fifthprime.com
> > What kind of wheel are you talking about? I assumed you were
> > attempting to melt a steel wheel for some reason. If its
> > an "aluminum" wheel... DONT. Most "aluminum" wheels are
> > alloys. And magnesium burns HOT. In other words you could end up
> > with the mother of all unquenchable fires. And hitting it with a
> > sledgehammer.. flying molten anything is scary scary scary stuff.
> > Have yo uthoguht of finding a friend with a log splitter? My
> > just bought one (he actively searches for things to waste money
> > and im planning on hauling some transmission casings etc to his
> > house soon hehe.
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