Smelt your own gold at home.

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  1. drewan

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    I can just see Peggy now...if I start smelting gold in her microwave...in her kitchen!:lol:
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    :rofl: what would ya prefer cast iron or T-Fall?
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    The first problem I see is the clay crucible. If you're going to use those metal tongs on it you might have a problem with thermal shock. Where as, if you had a graphite crucible you wouldn't have that problem. Secondly, I don't think 2300 F is hot enough to melt black sand. I believe it's 1860 C which is much higher than 2300 F (forgive me for not doing the conversion). So you wouldn't get ALL the gold in process, just the free gold. The other thing I don't like is that if this were a "kit" it should at least come with an iron cuple to pour your melt into so you can make a button.

    I have a little over 2 lbs of black sand in my shed and I know there's gold in it, but I'm too chicken to use mercury. I also don't want to mess with acid. I'd love to smelt it, but I don't have the money to do it properly. I've read about the microwave method before, but it doesn't fit the bill for a full, true smelt of blacksand. Just MHO.
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    Gotta be careful about having gold melting pot

    I have a friend that was investigated by the big boys. Because word got out that he had one.:cool:
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    And why was that?:alcoholic
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    LOL! Done Right, Amalgamation is one of the safer methods.
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    I can't even pronounce it what is it ?
    why did the big boys check your buddy out Jake?
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    Yeah, that's the bad part. Make a mistake smelting and you might burn yourself and survive. Make a mistake with mercury and you'll never have to worry about anything again. :eek: It's not something I would recommend to newbies.
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    I was always told by my dad when I was a kid don't monkey with mercury he had a few tubes of it from thermostats and it stuck with me even now so if I ever did find gold still wouldn't touch the stuff lol.
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    Messed with it as a kid.

    Have a mouth full of it.

    Retorted gold over the years.

    It's in the fluorescent light bulbs in your home.

    Have you ever broken one? OMG!!!


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    LOL many of them maybe that why folks look at me like I'm a little off lol.
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    Now a little drop and the EPA has to come in and clean it up but yet the dentist has no problems putting it in your mouth :spin: things that make you go Hmmmm.
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    Jim;

    I went looking for that Mercurochrome at Wally world a few weeks back...no-go. I miss that orange looking stingy stuff...my parents lathered us in it....

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    try a stand alone pharmacy and your sure to find it.
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    I'm no tree hugger, but I know mercury is dangerous, mostly in vapor form. I doubt you've inhaled mercury vapors. BTW, the squiggly bulbs can be dangerous because of the vapor. Just because they are allowed to sell it, doesn't mean it's safe. Regardless, anyone that wants to mess with it should study it first. That's all I'm going to say on it. :psmile:
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    Because a lot of people melt down stolen jewelry.

    This was at his pawnshop and he has an amazing amount of high quality jewelry, anything but the best is sent to scrap. Literally banks bags as full as he can stuff them all the time. But he didn't have a pot, and was cleared.
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    mercury

    About 10 yrs ago out here, some kids found an old shop in the woods falling apart it was full of massive amounts of mercury, one kid even took a bath in it, one dipped a cig in it and smoked it. When it's burning the vapors are very very toxic. His nerves are ruined now. It's probably online on youtube or something Kids find mercury in the woods in Texarkana i PUT THE LINK ON THE NEXT POST.

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