If I am going to melt metal I am going to need a pot to melt it in. While I wanted to buy a commercial crucible I did not want to spend the money on it and the tools to fit it. At least until I decided if this was something I was going to keep doing. Until I decide to invest in good tools I needed a cheap solution. I decided to make a cheap DIY crucible to last one or two casting sessions. This is just to see if I like casting metal.
Due to some of my experiments in filling 1lb propane tanks, I have some empty tanks. While cutting into them is dangerous, I decided to do just that. To mitigate the danger, I pulled out the safety valve, and dumped it in a bucket of water to try to displace any propane still in the tank.
I then very slowly drilled a couple holes in the top of the tank. No propane smell came out of the holes, but I still filled it with water and let it sit for 24 hours submerged in a bucket of water.
I then cut the top off of the tank, drilled two holes for eye hooks, and then heated the lip of the tank up to red hot and then wacked it with my hammer until I formed a pouring spout.
Simple but it Works
This is a very simple and rudimentary crucible. Due to the thin metal of the tank, I don’t expect it to last long. However, if I succeed in making something cool the first couple times, I bet the wife will sign off on me upgrading my equipment.
My main concern with using the propane tank is that the tank was brazed from two separate parts. I worry that when brought up to temperature, the brazing line will be the point of failure. Oh well I guess if that happens you will get another FAIL video…