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Published on 24 Jun 2013 | over 3 years ago

YES I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE WORN SHOES. Any shoe-related comments will be deleted so don't waste your time.

In today's video I'll show you how I built a very crude aluminum-melting furnace. I generate a lot of aluminum soda can waste (as you may have seen in my video on making Alum), and I've always wanted to have the ability to melt them down into ingots. Why? No real reason, I just thought it would be cool!

I was actually making another video this weekend, but ran into some problems at the end. So instead I bring you the aluminum forge :) Once I figure out what's going on with my other experiment, I'll certainly be posting that as well.

Since I've gotten this question a lot, I'll post this here: Soda cans are made from two different alloys of aluminum. I did some digging and found what these alloys actually are:

Aluminum alloys used for the walls of the can
3104-H19:
www.matweb.com/search/DataSheet.aspx
3004-H19:
www.matweb.com/search/DataSheet.aspx

Aluminum alloy used for the lid
5182-H48:
www.matweb.com/search/DataSheet.aspx
(this is for H32 - all 5182's appear to be same composition)

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