My question is can you melt lube in a small crock pot?? I hate the double boiler way. With a crock pot the kitchen wouldn't get some hot. Lol. Thanks
For pan lubing home made lube.What is not clear is the intent. 175Sierra does not state whether he is wanting to melt a complete, ready made, purchased, final product, commercial lube (like in tubular stick form) and simply melt it to a liquid form, for whatever is his purpose. We are assuming he is pan lubing cast bullets, but for all we know, he may be pouring melted lube into his sizer/lubricator in an attempt to eliminate some other perceived problem. He may also be wanting to create his own lube 'recipe' wherein he is melting and combining a variety of components that may have varying melting point temperatures. As was the case in his post on wanting to trade for a Lyman 'luber sizer', he does not make much effort toward explaining his thoughts, wants, and needs, and we are all guessing with our responses and 'answers'.
Okay, go back since I just added a P.S. to my last post.For pan lubing home made lube.
Now that makes a lot of sense. Damn good idea. My mix is bees wax and vaseline.seems to work great,so far.thinking about getting a luber sizer and using the same mix.appreciate the idea of the water and checking the temp..There ya go
What, pray tell, are the lube ingredients? Don't have to reveal the 'secret recipe,' but knowing individual ingredients might prevent advice that will set your lube on fire
I'd think a thrift-store crock pot, on the lowest setting, might make for an interesting experiment. But, not all 'slow cookers' are created equal. I'd start with it half full of water, with a thermometer in the water, and keep an eye on it for a while to get a better feel for how hot it may get. Less likely to burn water, but I know a few cooks who are capable
Mike, If you click on the link I provided above, there is much info on many components. Beeswax has a flash point around 250 degrees, and It says that past 190 degrees Beeswax is 'damaged' and becomes brittle.See if you can find the 'flash point' of beeswax, and certainly you'd want to stay under that!
Other than setting the stuff on fire, don't see how you could go wrong with a slow cooker. Personal opinion. I wouldn't turn it on and then leave the house for a week to go on vacation, but somewhere, there's someone who might. Maybe putting a timer on it would be a good idea, for safety.
The link covers these too. The 'drip point' of Lithium grease is 350-400 degrees, supporting Grennell's 'concerns'.I've got an old Gun Digest book, or similar, with Dean Grennell being one of the authors and recounting how at one time he could get a lube made of beeswax and lithium-based wheel bearing grease. Said it was the best lube he'd ever used, but the challenge was that the melting point of the grease, was remarkably close to the flash point of the beeswax
I've heard of some sort of wax called 'micro bead' or similar, that is in some of the better bullet lubes, but don't know of a supplier.