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Unread postAuthor: homedepotpro » Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:08 pm

you know those soup cans are those aluminum, steel or tin? I trying to find material for my forge.
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:59 pm

homedepotpro wrote:you know those soup cans are those aluminum, steel or tin? I trying to find material for my forge.

Soup cans are typically bimetal, made of several metals layered (or is it alloyed?) often with steel as a base (?)

don't quote me on any of this
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:17 pm

I know that America uses more metal making bottle tops than cars!
I would think that soup cans would be steel, with a plastic inner lining.
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Unread postAuthor: cwazy1 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:31 pm

pretty sure aluminum, its prolly not 100% , but its mainly composed of that.
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Unread postAuthor: spudgunnerwryyyyy » Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:36 pm

They are steel with a lacquer lining. You would have to burn off the lacquer lining before you smelt them. btw they are steel because the condense of them is cooked and aluminum wouldn't be the best.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:12 pm

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Unread postAuthor: homedepotpro » Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:14 pm

thanks guys i also wiki'd it and it said most are steel with a tin coating. any easy cheap source of aluminum, ex. soda can...
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:16 pm

homedepotpro wrote:any easy cheap source of aluminum, ex. soda can...


wiki strikes again :)
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Unread postAuthor: nz_cannons » Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:58 am

There steel, some have a coating, like the above post said tin. We burn our rubbish and there is a "huge" pile of burnt cans, and guess what, they all rust. Basically a huge pile of rust lo.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:42 am

You can use the main body from an old HDD as aluminium source.
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Unread postAuthor: st.croixsurfer » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:54 pm

I think it would be aluminum or some sort of cheap alloy. :D
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Unread postAuthor: ammosmoke » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:07 pm

Pop cans are generally a cheap aluminum alloy, and soup cans are cheap steel with a coating. You can get cheap aluminum from your local machining shop or surplus store if you have one. Where I live I can go to Boeing surplus or pacific sheet metal and they have really cheap metal there.
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:56 pm

If you are looking for aluminum to melt, snag some damaged engine blocks from a scrapyard. Huge volume of metal, and cheap/free.

If you are looking for something to melt stuff in, soup can will work for a while, but they break down quickly. Get some 2" pipe + a cap, or weld something up.
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Unread postAuthor: homedepotpro » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:09 pm

i actually finished building and i test my mini forge tonight. Ill have pics soon but I was using a clay pot as a container and it totally cracked so i need to make/find a new container. I did get the clay red hot though and i melted a bunch of pennies (97.5% zinc) in a 2'' galv. cap. It was sweet :D
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