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


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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