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For initial melting of scrounged lead, I put it in an old cast iron frying pan (Marked LEAD) and then heat to melting. Any water dries out of it during that process. I pour all of that off into ingots then refill with more scrounged stuff. I have an aluminum cornbread mold that I use for ingots and I keep the ingots inside, dry to add to the furnace. The furnace is in the shop and the initial melting is done outside.

I do all of this because of the scenario you described in the OP. A half drop of water expands to about 100X its size in an instant. Fortunately I wear glasses...

It's a good lesson to observe while frying turkeys too..... except with the turkey you don't have the luxury of heating it gradually. It HAS to be dry when it goes into the 375 degree oil...

Alan
 
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