Smelting is a form of extractive metallurgy; its main use is to
produce a metal from its ore. This includes iron extraction from
iron ore, and copper extraction and other base metals from their
ores. Smelting uses heat and a chemicalreducing agent to change the
oxidation state of the metal ore; the reducing agent is commonly a
source of carbon such as coke, or in earlier times charcoal.
What is it you wish to do as a “smelt” of 304 is not, strictly
If you are interested in having items cast then I suggest an
"investment casting" foundry…there are many. If you are searching for
a special chemistry to a stainless alloy then there are boutique
steel mills which can do a custom melt or better yet a mixing of
metal powders to a given chemistry and then a sintering.
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