View Full Version : I cast my ballast today

08-20-2006, 01:53 AM
I cast the ballast keel today ! It all went well and amazingly quickly .I melted 5500 pound of ingots in 1 hour 45 minutes and poured.

The suprising thing was I filled the mould to exactly the right point ! Amazing ...my calculations were correct !

It took about 3/4 of a ton of firewood to melt the 2 1/2 ton of lead .I had about 3 ton of firewood stacked .I had no idea how much I would need and wanted to have enough! I used a blower delivering air under the fire and I think that it made all the difference ...a very hot fire .

I'll post photos in a while ,a friend took some on his digital and when he sends them to me I'll post them.

08-20-2006, 06:34 AM
very cool! want to see photo's . My question is how you aquired all the lead?

08-20-2006, 08:31 AM
Great news Peter. I can't wait to see the pics.


Kim Whitmyre
08-20-2006, 11:00 AM
Awesome, dude! :) Preparations make for such results, I'm sure.

08-20-2006, 05:15 PM
A milestone! Looking forward to pics :)

John B
08-20-2006, 05:24 PM
Yeah, pics please.

But avoid any direct shots with flames in it. Ian's a bit sensitive about flames ATM.

08-20-2006, 06:42 PM
Cool! Well, eventually it will cool. ;)

08-21-2006, 02:42 AM
It's cool now :)

Ken Hutchins
08-21-2006, 06:25 AM
PICS, we want pics.:confused:

08-21-2006, 07:17 AM
and you shall have them....just a small wait 'til they get to me :)