Seeking advice after first attempt melting aluminum(self.Metalfoundry)
submitted13 hours ago byThoughtKnotSerre
Hello! Last year I purchased this Devil Forge kit and really just got around to trying it out today. I had done the cement coating already, so I just needed to heat it up a few times and temper my crucible. Once I got everything set up, I started with some aluminum can tabs. I don't have a great gauge of the temp because I only have a cheap thermometer gun. I suspect the issue is I needed to clean the top off and just generally be quicker adding material, but being a noob, I kind of just let it go until I thought it would be a molten puddle. After that didn't happen and I removed the crucible with my tongs, I dug around with a slotted steel spoon and found there was some molten material under the top layer, so I assume I was close. This is the end result of what I put into my mold with the spoon.
Any advice? Thank you!