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30 gallons of solid lead would weigh 2839 lb. Figure the wheel weights would weigh about 60 percent of that because of the air spaces between, so that would make it about 1700 lb.
 

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Only thing I can tell you is to weigh it. It all depends on how there packed in the barrel. I've weighed som 5 gal buckets of wheel weights that varied from 130 to 190 lbs.





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I just bought 5, 5gal buckets of wheel weights and weighed each seperately. Full to the brim they weighed around 180, with those not as full (3 to 4 inches below rim) weighing 155 lbs.
 

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With wheel weights there is a lot of air space when they are placed in a bucket. The weight of each bucket will vary quite a bit. HMB
 

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They ususally weigh about 16 ounces per pound or about 2000 pounds per ton depending on how many of them you have. They also are usually marked with how much each weighs, so look at each one, write down how much it weighs and add them up. They are usually in ounces so you will probably have to divide the result by 16 to get pounds.

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My suggestion........Grab the existing barrels as sooon as the pocket book allows. I thought I had enough lead to last for years.....It goes fast. And then when the word gets outone has all kinds of people looking for lead and the competition gets tight. Trust me it is never enough and then you can sell it and get your money back over and over. Also, in my opinion SOUTHBEND is on the money with his weights.
 

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A magnet pulls out the clips, and a wooden spoon to skim the dirty stuff.

Flux with beeswax before pouring into muffin tins for ingots. When my dad made sinkers he had a special ladle that poured from the bottom, and all clean molten lead came out. It had a tube built in going to the bottom of the cup.

Heat the ladle before you stick it in the lead pot or you will get a nasty surprise.

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In a 30 gal barrel theres 400 pounds when 3/4 full. So I say add about 135 pounds to the other 1/4. 535 pounds in the barrel.
 

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When you put the beeswax in it helps the impurities to separate and come to the top. I don't think you need to use much, someone here should know.

Soldering paste does the same thing when you do copper tubing joints.

When I used to silver solder motorcycle cable ends there was a flux you used, too.

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Figure a cubic foot of water is 62.4 pounds. Lead is 11.3 times that. There are about 7 1/2 gallons in a cubic foot. Estimate from there. You should end up with about 95 pounds per gallon.

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