Charcoal Foundry, and Aluminum/Aluminium Coconut Milk in a Can

Those of you who know me from  church or homeschool group may know that every other Monday, circumstances permitting, I go to a friend’s house to muck around with dangerous equipment. I brought my camera this week to record it for this blog, then promptly forgot to take photos until we were half an hour through a two hour meeting. What can I say? I was busy setting fires!

Recently, we have discovered that with a brick enclosure, a vacuum pump, and a charcoal fire, you can melt aluminum (aluminium?) and cast it. This is our crucible (made from a cut open propane canister [thoroughly depressurized]), and in it are a bunch of aluminum cans, crushed so that they would fit.

Here is my sister, who had a day off school, hammering the cans flat.

And the finished product. I do admit that the real reason I was doing this was the fun of smashing cans with a sledgehammer.

Skip forward about twenty minutes, and here I am taking out the crucible and pouring the aluminium into the mould

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The finished product, after it had solidified, looked pretty cool!

We did this once more, but then our crucible sprouted a leak, and by that time I had to leave, so that’s as far as we got. Two weeks from now, I will probably show just what we did with these aluminium cans, but right now, I have no idea where this will lead.

God bless, and I will see you all (at least figuratively!) in the next post.



3 thoughts on “Charcoal Foundry, and Aluminum/Aluminium Coconut Milk in a Can

  1. … uh… hmm… mmh… umm… WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIIIIMMM THAAATTTSSS AMAAAZZZIIINNNNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you get the idea from Grant Thomson the King Of Random?!!! I must see this in real life..!! Must!!
    Thats just awesome! 😀 🙂 ;P 😛 I’m so jelly!


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