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Smelting stainless steel 304

Does any one kne of someone in this country who could smelt 1000 lbs
of stainless steel 304??

Sue dorman

Do you mean smelting or melting? Smelting means extracting a metal
from its ore. You smelt iron, not steel. Or perhaps one should say
that you smelt iron ore to get iron…

Do you have a half ton of 304 that you need made into ingots, or do
you need a half ton of 304? If the latter, you can buy it in any
number of forms. If the former, you’re looking for a firm that casts

Elliot Nesterman


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
speaking, possible.

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.

Richard Furrer
Sturgeon Bay, WI