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    Default Cast Iron Tub for pouring a lead keel - FREE

    Cast Iron tub - free to anyone that can use it. - perfect for a big lead pour. It's just like the one shown in the Bud McIntosh book. - located in Dover NH.
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    Default Re: Cast Iron Tub for pouring a lead keel - FREE

    OR, to cook a lot of lobsta.

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    Or to bath in. the house I grew up in had four of those, they are great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    We had one in our last house. Bought it from a homeowner who was remodeling their bathroom for a hundred bucks, had it re-enameled for $350, bought new bronze feet and faucet w/ shower for $450, and twenty years later was offered $1,500 for it.
    This. That is a quality roll top tub.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    beautiful tub.
    one can tune it up oneself with the modern coatings we use on boats
    interlux 2000 and brushable LP.
    I installed a poc $15 junkyard steel tub in my home 35 years ago.
    Built a buncha woodwork around it, (stupid) ,so was obligated to save it to save the woodwork.
    The tubs in my 2 rental homes got the same.

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    Similar to Michael in post # 4, I bought a tub as pictured, to upgrade the 'Saturday Night' bathroom in our 1903 farmhouse - recoated it, located new feet and faucet assembly, but before I could install it, a coworker saw it, bought it, and trucked it from Minnesota to Sturgis to be installed in their home.

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    Those old iron claw-foot tubs are worth enough these days that I'd hesitate to use one for cooking lead. When McIntosh was using one, they were a dime a dozen at the scrap yards. Now that they're back in style, they aren't so easy to come by. I'd be tempted to pass on ruining the enamel finish on one in decent shape by heating it to melt lead. An old water heater tank cut in half lengthwise may be a cheaper solution. Once there's a mass of lead melted in the "pot," it's pretty easy to add solid lead to the pot incrementally during the pour. With a large mass of molten lead, solid lead added will melt rather quickly, especially if you have a good heat source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    beautiful tub.
    one can tune it up oneself with the modern coatings we use on boats
    interlux 2000 and brushable LP.
    Before paint, try this polish, I found it to be excellent.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cramer-Emai.../dp/B00VRMANPM
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Cast Iron Tub for pouring a lead keel - FREE

    I helped build a hexagonal log cabin in Oregon. Central fireplace/stove/chimney held the roof up and was a place for an iron tub over part of the fire place. Some ballasted pallet wood along the bottom to avoid butt burn and what a grand place to recover from a day of ski bushwhacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Cleek View Post
    Those old iron claw-foot tubs are worth enough these days that I'd hesitate to use one for cooking lead. When McIntosh was using one, they were a dime a dozen at the scrap yards. Now that they're back in style, they aren't so easy to come by. I'd be tempted to pass on ruining the enamel finish on one in decent shape by heating it to melt lead. An old water heater tank cut in half lengthwise may be a cheaper solution. Once there's a mass of lead melted in the "pot," it's pretty easy to add solid lead to the pot incrementally during the pour. With a large mass of molten lead, solid lead added will melt rather quickly, especially if you have a good heat source.

    One great heat source I have used with a wood fire is to take your shop vacuum and use it in reverse to blow air directly on the fire. This will increase heat several fold and make short work of melting lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandlapper View Post
    One great heat source I have used with a wood fire is to take your shop vacuum and use it in reverse to blow air directly on the fire. This will increase heat several fold and make short work of melting lead.
    I repurposed an old tubular vac motor for my forge. It was far too much air, so fitted a simple bypass to control it.
    My lead pot heat source is a central heating oil gun. 35kw (it says)

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