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Burn it with the new Microwave Gold Smelting Kiln and Kit! Keep the nuggets and pickers and smelt the rest! All you need is a 1200 watt microwave with the magnetron on the side or rear (a magnetron on the top doesn t work as well) that is located out in your garage or shop (don t use the one in your kitchen), a few tools, and you are on your way to smelting your own gold at home!

Watch the video first to get an overview of how the process works, then read the details below. First of all, you must have gold or silver in your concentrates to begin with and the more of it the better. The microwave gold smelting kiln is a tool for smelting only. It does not separate out the precious metals that are in your concentrates. You still need to have your end product called buttons assayed to determine its purity and content.

You can also use the Microwave Gold Smelting Kit to smelt precious metals from computer parts, from old beat-up coins you cannot sell, from old sterling silver silverware, and from your unwanted scrap gold and silver jewelry (use wire cutters to cut the chains into one inch pieces). You may want to check out our Gold Testing Kits. Always wear protective clothing and eye protection when using the Microwave Gold Processing Kit! A description of the Kit s main components are as follows: • The gold smelting kiln is comprised of the highest quality, high density, no-smoke, high temperature refractory ceramic fiber kiln lining insulation available that is microwave transparent (allows microwaves to go through the material). It has been coated with a silica based rigidizer at the factory to improve the compressive strength of the fiber board and to minimize the potential of dusting, and is suitable for applications up to 2300°F (1260°C). The kiln acts as a thermal insulator to prevent the microwave from being damaged and overheating during the smelting process.

Kiln is 9.5 inches tall. • The kiln shelf is made of high alumina, which is microwave transparent (allows microwaves to go through the material). It is dense and less susceptible to warping and is safe to use up to 2400F degrees. Your kiln shelf should be dry and protected from moisture at all times. Due to the high temperatures achieved in the microwave process, all kiln shelves will eventually crack due to thermal shock and you may notice a small hairline crack after using it.

This is cosmetic only and does not affect the structural integrity of the shelf. • Flux material (specially formulated and designed for the microwave process) is mixed with your concentrates before smelting. The flux protects the crucible, allows plasma arcing to occur, and refines the gold processed to a higher degree of purity. When firing, black sands concentrates, iron oxides, etc.

are held in suspension by the flux so that the precious metals can be separated and poured into the mold as liquid metal. Store the flux in a dry and safe location, away from children and pets. Wear your dust mask and gloves when mixing the flux and concentrates together. • Crucibles go into the kiln and are the clay pots that contain your mix of flux and concentrates (or scrap jewelry or old coins you want to melt down). Crucibles can be used several times until the wall becomes too thin. Flux coating on the inside helps them last.

Only clay crucibles are microwave transparent (allows microwaves to go through the material). The crucible inside the kiln will ultimately reach temperatures in excess of 2300 degrees Fahrenheit! Make sure there is 1” of space between the top of the crucible and the kiln lid. When crucibles are placed inside the kiln, they absorb most of the microwave energy and only allow a small amount of it to pass through them into the interior where the conductive flux and metals are contained.

As a result the crucibles will get very hot, however the plasma arcing that takes place inside of clay crucibles is greatly reduced. In other words, your heat is now a radiant heat from the crucible penetrating inward, rather than the plasma arcing and heating taking place directly inside of the clay type crucible. Always keep your crucibles completely dry; the slightest bit of moisture can cause a crucible to crack upon heating. “Season” crucibles before use be heating the empty crucible inside the kiln in microwave for 15 minutes. Remove the kiln and crucible from the microwave and allow it to cool. Repeat this process again for 15 minutes the second time.

This drives off any moisture in the crucible, making it ready to receive its first charge. • The conical mold is cast iron. Always pre-heat the cast iron mold to drive off any moisture before pouring into it and to prevent HOT splatters from occurring.

After pouring the molten flux mixture into the conical mold, the cooling process begins. The molten flux is actually a form of borosilicate glass and, during the cooling process, the glass will shrink and crack. Often times during the cooling period, small shards of glass will fly outward, so keep kids and pets out of the area and wear safety goggles and protective clothing. After the mold and the borosilicate glass have cooled, invert the mold and the conical shaped glass will drop out of the mold. The smelted metal “button” of gold or silver will be on top of the conical shaped glass.

Shop for other molds on Amazon. Download a.pdf here containing more instructions and details about the Microwave Gold Kiln Process. Do not use the microwave kiln in the house. The temperatures achieved during the process are in excess of 2300 degrees Fahrenheit and the danger of fire is too much of a risk. Also, fumes coming off of the crucible during the smelting process that can be hazardous if not properly ventilated. Use common sense during this process, and always wear protective gear!

DISCLAIMER: No guarantee is given on the amount of gold or silver obtained from this process, as it depends upon the quality of your concentrates. The kiln is not a toy and is not to be used by children. This kiln generates temperatures in excess of 2300 degrees!

Please do not allow children or pets in the room when you are firing! Use at your own risk and follow all recommended and common-sense safety precautions. Seller and manufacturer are not responsible for accidents or injuries caused by hot kilns.

By purchasing the Microwave Gold Kiln or Kits, the purchaser acknowledges this and agrees to use at his or her own risk. FOR SENSOR OR INVERTER MICROWAVES Sensor or Inverter microwaves will only operate at high power for approximately 30 minutes. After 30 minutes or so, the microwave will reduce the power output to 80% and begin to cycle the magnetron on for 20 seconds, then, off for 10 seconds. You cannot reach smelting temperatures operating on lowered power output like that in a reasonable time frame. Simply stopping the microwave and resetting the time and power level will not force the microwave to operate at the full power output mode. THE SOLUTION Program the microwave timer for 30 minutes.

Set the power level to 10 or 100% and start your microwave. Stop the microwave after 29 minutes and UNPLUG the microwave for 5 seconds; this clears the memory on the controller board. Plug the microwave back in and program the timer for an additional 30 minutes and set the power level to High again Start the microwave and listen for the hum of the magnetron for a few minutes.

If the magnetron does not cycle on and off, the microwave is operating at the preferred full power level. Additionally: Elevate the microwave a couple of inches off the surface and place a small fan behind it to dissipate the heat coming from the microwave and help keep the magnetron cooler while operating. This will allow the microwave to operate at full power for the recommended 60 minutes smelting time and reach the temperatures necessary for successful smelts. A Practical Guide to Modern Alchemy                $25.95 The Art of the Microwave Fire Assay             The definitive book on how to perform fire assays inside a microwave, along with cupelling with the new Kwik Kiln. This book can be included with your Microwave Kiln or Kwik Kiln. Click here to purchase.

Book Review - May 2014 A very thorough yet concise book written by inventor and prospector Patrick Moulton.  At 92 pages, this book is not like most books about fire assay which typically speak over the average prospector s head.  Moulton has done an excellent job giving readers technical specifications for proper noble mineral recovery from a variety of common ores without the reader becoming confused.  The book includes information in technical terms and general terms so readers can comprehend the process of melting metals and processing ore through a fire assay. Very helpful information on how to mix fluxes, prepare your crucible, melt gold and silver, and how to stay safe doing it.  Additionally, Moulton introduces two pieces of equipment every small scale miner should own:  The Microwave Gold Kiln and small Kwik Kiln.  Both furnaces offer the sampling or melting of small batches of material without expending a tremendous amount of energy or time.  This book explains the fundamentals of the fire assay and cupellation process in terms even beginners can understand, but provides enough information for a lifetime.  Two thumbs up! - Josh Turpin, High Plains Prospectors, LLC Shares 392K Peeeeee-yew! I’m done with the stinky stench of microwave popcorn. Actually, I haven’t popped a single bag of that toxic smelling stuff in years since I hate the thought of being swindled by a stank bag of greasy kernels.

That’s right people, I’m calling foul on microwave popcorn since it’s a reeking wallet rip off. Doing the mathy math, microwave popcorn costs around $22.65 for 12 boxes with 3 packets per box ( source Amazon) that’s an eye-popping $3.53 per pound! Sure, you may think you’re paying all that delicious cash for a magic metal-lined bag that pops better kernels and cooks your corn more evenly.

But think again. I can do the same popping magic trick with a cheapo plain brown paper bag. And at a tasty 50 cents per pound, plain popcorn kernels bought in bulk cost FAR less than that slimy packaged stuff. Now let me pop the big question: have you ever recycled your leftover microwave popcorn bags? I cringe to think how much of this product graces our landfills, all in the name of snack food.

But no fear, by switching your home movie snacking habit using this frugal trick, you can compost or recycle your used brown paper bags and create no waste. See How To Compost Without Raising a Stink for easy composting help. Speaking of waist, do you know how many calories are contained in those popcorn flavor packets?

What about the ingredients? Here’s the ingredient list from the Act II popcorn page on Amazon. Note: I couldn’t find this information on the company’s website. Act II Popcorn Ingredients: Popcorn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Annatto Color.

Contains: Fish, Milk Fish? Milk? In my popcorn? Um, no thanks.

I’ll skip the hydrogenated oil, fish, and milk additives in my snacks by sticking to my frugalicious and homemade popcorn version. Here’s how to make Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag: Step One: Get a brown paper bag This is ridiculously easy, internet people. Just head on over to your local grocery store and pickup a package of no name flat-bottomed brown paper lunch bags. I nabbed a package of 100 brown bags for around $2, on sale.

Step Two: Bag your popcorn Add a 1/2 cup scoop of bulk popcorn kernels to your brown paper bag. Fold the bag over twice. Don’t use staples to secure the bag this might spark in your microwave. This is so exciting. I’m popping with excitement.

Step Three: Pop in microwave Stick the popcorn bag into your microwave. I set mine for 3 minutes on high. Popping Tip: Stop the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second.

You don’t want to burn your tasty snack. Step Four: Add gourmet topping A pinch of salt with a dab of butter is the most popular way to eat popcorn. But why not get creative and try some sweet or savory flavors to mix up movie night?

Try these toppings for some gourmet popcorn fun: Mexican: Add chili powder, hot sauce, and salt. Kiss My Breath: Shake in onion powder and garlic powder hold the kiss. Cheese Please: Mix in Parmesan cheese with a little salt. Sweet Tooth: A dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of sugar, and a topper of honey. Now that’s money.

Classic: A shake of salt with a pat of butter. Squawkfox: How do YOU make popcorn? Got a favorite gourmet popcorn topping to share? What an interesting idea, Kerry.

We use a microwave popcorn bowl instead. This works very well and uses no paper or oils. You can pop 1/4 to 1/3 cup at a time depending on the type of popcorn. We buy our kernels directly from an organic popcorn farm (see blog post http://bit.ly/POPcorn). Our favourite is Ruby Red. It’s dark red on the outside, snow white inside and delicious.

It’s time to get more … but hard to rationalize that an eight hour round trip drive saves us money. Bronwyn says July 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm I can’t believe how ridiculously easy that is.I will definitely try that out and maybe finally cure myself of my movie popcorn habit. I hate myself just a little every time I succumb to movie popcorn and spend more on it than I would on lunch.Thanks for the tip! beth says July 28, 2010 at 4:27 am I’ve been doing this for years.

I’ve found that 1/2 cup overflows: 1/4 fills my regular lunch bag brimming. The fumes from the store micro bags is toxic, dangerous to your lungs. Ruth says July 28, 2010 at 6:00 am Thanks, Kerry. Once again, you posted a blog that was just what I needed. In the quest for something healthy for a light snack(this, by definition, rules out any packaged crap from the industrial food folks), I was thinking about air-popped popcorn.

Unfortunately, I have no clue where my air-popper is. But no problem, you have given me the very information I needed to deal with a popcorn craving in a healthy way. Thanks, girlfriend! Brian Lang says July 28, 2010 at 8:29 am I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now. Very cheap and tasty.

I use 1/4 cup of popcorn for one person and I melt about 1/8th of a cup of margarine to drizzle over it and then add some salt. I worked it out to about $0.25-0.30 per bag fully prepared. Note: Microwaves vary – you have to stand by it and wait or you WILL burn your popcorn. You’ll learn after a few uses how your microwave works. My microwave at home is an older model (not sure how many watts) that starts burning after about 2:10.

My work one starts burning at 1:55. I’ve learned that I can set the microwave to that time and get the margarine ready for the microwave while the popcorn pops. Rachelle says July 28, 2010 at 9:50 am I prefer a saucepan with a little oil. Either way, I find the tastiest way to dress it is: – a few spritzes of extra-virgin olive oil from a pump sprayer – powdered salt (sticks better, just grind regular salt in coffee grinder) – nutritional yeast (my meat-eating hubby thinks this stuff is magic!) Doug L.

says July 28, 2010 at 9:52 am After it cools, use one of those butter spray bottles, like I can’t believe it’s not butter spray…. Lots of flavor for very little calories… if you worry about that. Personally – I like it the old fashioned way – in a large lidded sauce pan in oil, then melted butter and salt on top! But…. that cinnamon sugar one sure sounds good! or some cheese powder Susie says July 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm I line my paper bag with parchment paper, put in the popcorn and a small dab of margarine.

The parchment stops it from leaking (the bag will still end up with some marg on it). Works great, the margarine disperses evenly throughout the popcorn. Then add salt or other seasonings. The parchment paper is very cheap at Costco and you don’t need much, just enough to line the bottom and up the sides a bit.

Kerry says July 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm Just got an email from Joan. She says, “Sometimes I spray the popcorn with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray and THEN sprinkle the garlic powder, etc. This would be less calories than butter.” Perry says July 29, 2010 at 11:34 am I’ve done this for years now. AND, I don’t pay for bags. I re-use the paperbags I occasionally get bulk products in at my food co-op (when i forget a container and really need dry beans or something).

One bag works for about 2 dozen popping events. So you can even buy the bulk popcorn in a paper bag, put in a jar when you get home and use the bag for popping. Closed system if you compost the bag when you’re done (the worms in my vermicomposter like the paper bags) I like it with some bragg’s liquid aminos and nutritional yeast or just fresh cracked pepper. Katie Mae says August 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm I have use an air popper for the past few years, and I’m in the butter

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