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Lead smelting

Postby Dalorin » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:06 pm


Does anyone know of there is a way to know if an old cast iron pan was ever used for recasting lead (ie for fishing weights).

Apparently this is one of America's favorite past times.

I want to use my old cast iron flea market finds but now I'm concerned.

All advice is appreciated.
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Re: Lead smelting

Postby tony.latham » Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:12 pm

I do some bullet casting in a regular lead pot, but it's not cast iron. I don't think a guy could clean up cast iron after melting lead in it to fool anyone, but lead poisoning isn't a joke.

You might try 3m's Lead Check system. It's made for paint. You might want to do a swab on known non-lead cast iron before you swab an unknown to make sure it doesn't give you a false positive on iron.

http://www.amazon.com/LeadCheck-LC-2SDC ... +leadcheck

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Re: Lead smelting

Postby DrCrash » Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:59 pm

Yes there is a kit you can buy at Ace hardware that is used for lead test...

http://www.acehardware.com/product/inde ... pla_997927
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Re: Lead smelting

Postby dales133 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:46 pm

Id be very weary about using it for food if theres even a shadow of a doubt it's been used for smelting lead
As tony said lead poisonings no joke and it may hang up in the cast irons pores
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