Homemade aluminum ingot

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+1 1. Dmitry commented 6 years ago

You could sell that to a scrap metal place for about 50c per pound, this one is probably $20-30! Not much, but there is potential for growth.
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-1 2. Malakyte commented 6 years ago

They still homeless collecting job, unless they paid one for the cans they got.
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+14 3. captain_obvious commented 6 years ago

its homemade. so not homeless.
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+7 4. cameramaster commented 6 years ago

It beats sharpening pencils !
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-1 5. huldu commented 6 years ago

#1 It's worth about a dollar.
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+6 6. Thanny commented 6 years ago

That's melting, not smelting.
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+1 7. Cormac42 commented 6 years ago

#6 It's smelting because it is the refining of the aluminum cans that have impurities making up the label.
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-2 8. andriy2991 commented 6 years ago

I don't think that is aluminum, I think it is lead.
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+2 9. Sizzlik (admin) commented 6 years ago

#8 So you think soda cans are made out of lead (Since thats what they (s)melted)? Sounds healthy =)
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+2 10. sux2bu commented 6 years ago

#9 Maybe the cans came from China. Lead seems to be a main ingredient in everything they produce.
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+3 11. Thanny commented 6 years ago

#7 Smelting is a chemical reaction that extracts metallic elements from compounds that contain them. The metal aluminum featured here is smelted from aluminum oxide (aka alumina, where the element gets its name - originally alumium, then aluminum, with some misguided folks later deciding to make it sound more like other element names as aluminium). Alumina itself has to be refined from rocks containing an amalgamation of minerals. The most common one these days is bauxite, which is typically less than half alumina.

The only chemical reaction in this video would the oxidation and whatnot of paint on the cans. The metal itself is already elemental, and undergoes nothing but a pair of phase changes - solid to liquid to solid.

As I said, melting, not smelting.
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0 12. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

I think the bottom of soda cans are made of another metal mixed with the aluminum, because when you take them to the scarp metal place you don't get the market price of aluminum, but a little less.