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Old February 19th, 2016, 09:46 PM
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Alright everyone, a buddy of mine and I have pulled the trigger on making a backyard smelter. If anyone has experience on this...PLEASE let me know so I can pick your brain.

We are starting with a square hole in the ground. We have it lined with red paver bricks and we also packed dirst in around the sides to seal it up. We also have a 4ft section of 3" exhaust pipe running to the bottom so we can plumb up a leaf blower to get the heat going. The hole rests about 18" from ground level. We are gonna throw a steel grate on top of it and find a solid steel pot to start melting aluminum with.

My buddy does machining and we hope to cast some usable chunks to make stuff with. I have kind of an endless supply of scrap aluminum so it works out pretty well.

Has anyone done this?
Any thoughts on the portion above the grate and how to build it?
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the brick pavers will crack/break and then disintergrate
they are made with a high amount of water and are not made for heat

you'll need to spend the extra $$ on fire brick
it will last a long time and stand and hold the heat you need

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