How to Melt Lead for Fishing Weights

How to Melt Lead for Fishing Weights
Devoted fishermen sometimes like to make their own equipment such as lures, flies and weights. You can make your own line weights if you can't get what you're looking for at the store. Take precautions when melting the lead to avoid the fumes that might come from the melting process--they can be toxic.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tuna can
  • Heat-resistant gloves
  • Wooden stick
  • Camp stove
  • Weight mold
  • Eye protection
  • Mask
Step 1
Set up a small propane camp stove and place a clean tuna can with the label removed over the flame. Create a small bend in one side of the can to form a spout before placing on the fire.
Step 2
Place the lead in the can. Put in more lead than you need because you might spill some, or it could stick to the sides of the can. Having more than you need will ensure you have enough.
Step 3
Stir the lead with a wooden stick as it melts. This will mix the lead to a uniform consistency.
Step 4
When the lead is melted, use heat-resistant gloves to pick up the can and pour the melted lead into the fishing weight molds.

Tips & Warnings

Melt lead outside so that there is plenty of ventilation. Wear eye protection and a mask to keep fumes at bay.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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