When SHTF, the survival skills you have on hand become incredibly invaluable! One skill that has sadly fallen to the wayside in recent years is the art of blacksmithing. Knowing how to melt aluminum is an essential survival skill to master. You can't trust that, in an uncertain future, someone else will do it for you… you've got to know how to make your own materials.
Here's how to melt aluminum in your backyard.
Backyard Blacksmithing: How To Melt Aluminum
The term “survival DIY” can be easily misunderstood when taken literally. It simply means being able to do most things on your own.
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When SHTF the power grid might fail, along with other sources of energy. The possibilities are endless and unpredictable. Unfortunately, forges and furnaces will be in high demand but not readily available. You must then be able to produce your own melting furnace to start producing the raw materials you need.
Having your own crucible will set you up to have a small-scale metalworking industry in your backyard (or bomb shelter.) Aluminum alloys can be hard to produce on your own. But having a stack of ingots you made from molten aluminum can supply you with a heavy amount of raw materials to build tools with.
Luckily, with a little time, effort and a few household items, you can build your own! Before your start melting, you have to produce a foundry. With your own foundry, you can melt down metals like aluminum and repurpose them into the tools you need. We have the step-by-step instructions for how to make your own mini foundry AND how to melt aluminum.
Check out the video tutorial below to learn how:
Once you get this bad boy built, you can do all sorts of things with it! Check out this short instructional video below that shows how to turn scrap aluminum into “muffins.” Basically, the muffins are made of molten aluminum. After melting your aluminum cans, you can turn them into many nifty things that can be used for survival purposes.
A word of warning: This foundry can reach temperatures well over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit! Make sure you use all the proper safety equipment before you attempt to use your foundry.
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After you make “muffins” in your mini foundry, use them to cast survival tools or supplies. Of course, you have to remember to be cautious when handling molten metal. Learning how to melt aluminum could save your life when you're in need of a self-defense tool or something to trade.
With the number of soda cans floating around in garbage cans everywhere, you won't have to look very far to start melting. This does not even limit itself to just cans; you can use aluminum foil or any aluminum-based products. There's a bit more work involved if you want to make aluminum alloys, but this survival DIY skill is worth your time. Melting aluminum for raw materials is a good way to set yourself up when a global crisis comes down.
Survival Skills Everyone Should Know For When SHTF
Our world is one disaster away from becoming a wasteland. When that happens, you have no choice but to live the way our forefathers used to some centuries ago… which means learning unfamiliar skills, like the aluminum melting process.
You never know when you might need a DIY survival weapon or homemade items to trade. Scrap metal will be hard to come by, so having a stock of soda cans ready will be useful. Hoard what you can. You don't really need to just hoard cans. Foil, aluminum powder, and the like can produce valuable ingots that you can use to craft more tools. Now that you know how to make your own aluminum melting furnaces, you have more room to be creative with your tools.
Metal Casting Or How To Melt Metal Into Useful Tools
Metal casting in itself is an art form, and formal education will certainly help you out. You can't just put things in an oven and expect them to come out useful, of course. Therefore, try to find a metal working class to join. If you can't find one, Youtube has a wealth of information ready for the picking for you. In time, you might even be a post-apocalyptic Legatus Legionis with your own private army equipped with your homemade survival tools.
Working with what's around or what's left, you will have to recycle or repurpose materials to fabricate weapons, tools and even utensils. Having plenty of scrap metal and molten soda cans is a good way to have raw materials on hand. Blacksmithing is a survival DIY skill that will turn out to be more useful than you thought. Forge your own metals at home with this product.
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What do you think? Is backyard blacksmithing a skill you have on hand? Is it worth adding to your survival skill set? Let us know in the comments below!
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Editor's Note: This was first published in February 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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