Casting melted aluminum cans... in "cast aluminum"?

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  1. epicelite
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    I was at Linens n' Things for because they are going out of business. I looked for a cast iron pan to put the moltin cans into and make them into blocks and I saw the PERFECT one, but it is made of "cast aluminum" or "heavy aluminum" so would that work?

    Google turns up nothing on the subject.
     
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    Melting down aluminum in an aluminum pan just doesn't sound like it would work, no matter whether it's a "heavy" aluminum.
    Worst case scenario: You melt the pan too.
    Best case scenario: The melted down aluminum would likely meld with the pan.

    It seems to me that what you need is a "crucible".
     
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    Let me explain it better sorry uhhh...

    I will MELT the cans in a paint can (steel).

    I will pour the melted cans into the "heavy aluminum" pan.
     
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    Don't melt aluminum in cast aluminum. Cast aluminum has a higher melting point but you're more likely to weld the two together. also, what the heck are you planning on using as a heat source to melt aluminum cans?

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    I strongly encourage you not to do this.
     
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    Ah. I misunderstood.

    o.O It might be possible, but the pan needs to be coated with something to keep the molten aluminum from sticking. Teflon might be sufficient, but it would have to be a thick layer.

    Dunno what to tell you, beyond that, apart from Good Luck, and Be Careful.
     
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