El Hornito
(the little furnace)

El Hornito is the small furnace
I made by cutting down a water heater
and using castable refractory.

I have only melted a few pounds
of scrap aluminum so far, but it looks promising.

Cutting open the water heater

Poured Lid and Plinth Blocks

Starting the dryout with a small hand torch

Dryout continues

Dryout finished - ready to melt something!

El Hornito up close

Flames rising

First aluminum ingots

First runaway!

Open-faced sand mold

Poured sand mold

Sample castings

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