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    I'm looking for some castable refractory, and having trouble.
    someone told me that it cost about 15 or 20 dollars and all I'm finding on the net is 87 dollars for a 55lb bag.

    Is he out of touch? Am I looking in the wrong place?

    I thought someone here might know where a good place to look. It must be at least 2600degs.


  • #2
    On the east coast we have a co. called R.E. Micheal they sell supplys for heating equipment. Castable refractory is available from them for considerably less.
    Talk to a furnace repair man, a local supply may be available.
    work safe, always wear your safety glasses.

    Edward Heimbach


    • #3
      Look in the yellow pages under Boiler repair, if there is a shop or supplier in your area you can generally get refractory at lo expense.


      • #4

        What type of project are you doing, as to need castable refactory. What temps are you after?



        • #5
          Originally posted by bjdenommee

          What type of project are you doing, as to need castable refactory. What temps are you after?
          I'm building a crucible furnance. I would like to cast some aluminum, it doesn't look too hard and looks like fun. I mean sometimes you will have broken aluminum castings (small) and in the past I would just weld them up, but you know why it broke, it was a bad design and needs to be modified.

          I know that it is wishful thinking, but it looks like fun and I have never done it before. I mean, a grown man playing in a sand box with molten metal if there were naked chicks it would be heaven.

          I mean I'm playing around with the idea which is why I was watching the price, I'm spending petty cash so there is no budget money alloted for this. Looks like I could spend 150 dollars and start casting parts, if it works out, great, if not no loss. But at 87 dollars a bag its not going to work.

          Just remember welding is my job, this is for fun and R&R.
          (I know...... I'm a freak)
          Last edited by aircraft; 11-17-2003, 10:15 AM.


          • #6
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            • #7

              This guy has built one of the nicest and cheap to operate furnaces I've seen to date. His concept of ignition does leave a bit to be desired though.

              Refractory isn't that hard to find if you're near any major city, and since shipping on it is killer, it's worth some looking.


              • #8

                i rebuilt my forge a year ago i went over in east texas to the mine and picked it up. if you e-mail me i will see if i can find the invoice.


                • #9
                  If you just want to get your toe wet (no pun intended) do a search with "Coffee Can Foundry."