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Started by Nate@QPChouston, October 24, 2007, 06:46:22 PM

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Hey, I work at my father's printshop in Houston and I am being trained on our intertype machine. We also have a Hammond East Kaster melting pot that has been collecting dust for years. I understand that the melting pot burns on natural gas, and I was wondering if there is an adapter for propane. It would be super cool if one of you fellas could help us, and also what chemicals do I need to add to make it pure.


Dan Williams

I converted an old Nolan to butane some time ago. The orifice is much smaller for bottled gas due to its higher heating value. A 1/32" drill hole will get you into the ball-park, with some trimming of the pressure regulator and carburetor opening.
In order to change the orifice, you must disassemble the carburetor. Once the orifice is exposed you can determine the best approach: drilling-tapping-plugging-redrilling, or perhaps screwing on a brass cap and drilling the 1/32" through the end.
Now, it has been more than a dozen years since I experimented with this, but I distinctly recall having done the calculations, buying the off-shelf drillbit, and successfully making the conversion. Off chance it may have been a 1/16" hole but I doubt it.
Also, the stuff that you must use to purify lead is something called VITAFLUX, on internet auctions.
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Dan Williams


  I have recently come across a easy kaster and am trying to get information on equipment don,t know if it works but seem to be intact any info would be appreciated

Dave Hughes

Hi Dusty - among the many instruction manuals in the Metal Type library is one for the Typofix, you can get it here:

It's in PDF format, slightly rough round the edges, but it may be useful.
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