can i use hair dryer or toaster nichrome to make a lead forge? Answered
a brilliant idea(as they often are) crossed my mind this morning which was to build a 3 in one heating machine.
1. a charcoal maker, heats up wood to the point where it converts to charcoal.
2. burner gas generator. the flamable hydrocarbons released from the sun bleached wood (hite and crumbly, i got tonns of it literally, like moled plane wood), to make fire to reuse for a stove or heater, for something i may want to heat at the same time.
3. lead forge , for melting lead to fill my lead electrode molds, so i can electrolyze in sulfuric acid and then sell, or use, as lead dioxide electrodes for chlorate making etc.
Now, butane and propane are completely unreasonable sources of heat, and too expensive as well, so i wanted to know,
if the nichrome heating element inside a toaster or a hair dryer, could reach temperatures in excess of 330 degrees Celsius?
i want to wrap the nichrome wire , around a steel crucible , separated by fiberglass of course to prevent the nichrome actually touchings the steel,
so that when i apply power, the wire heats the steel (which will not be exposed to air) with the nichrome, and therefore heats whatever is inside the crucible , however, i want ti to also be able to reach temperatures in excess if 330 degrees Celsius, so that i can also melt lead.
is this possible?
otherwise, what kind of nichrome can i directly apply to 240v (wall output) assisted by large contacts for obvious reasons to do so.
i know for a fact that nichrome drawing 5 watts is capable of melting lead, as i have melted lead before with my battery powers 5 watt soldering iron, which's soldering tip is a hollow piece of metal with nichrome inside.
i want to be sure that this machine will work before i go and buy some second hand toaster or hair dryer at the dump shop.
so, will it work?
Ive seen hair dryer heating element used before to heat sodium hydroxide inside a steel crucible, in a sodium electrolysis cell, and it went over 320 degrees Celsius. i think. but i cant be sure.
i still need a second opinion, thanks