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Lee Production Pot IV

Lee Production Pot IV

The Lee Production Pot IV is an electric lead melter with an easy to use lead dispenser. My unit (the one pictured here) is a 110V unit but I do know that they are available in 220v units as well. This unit is my go-to option for casting lead fishing lures, weights, and sinkers. With a 10lb capacity, it holds plenty of lead and the 500w heating element heats the lead quickly. This melter is made by Lee Precision, who is a manufacturer of american made ammunition reloading supplies. Originally made for casting bullets, it does exactly what we need it to for casting fishing jigs and other lures/equipment.

There isn’t much to say about assembly. When you open the no frills box all you will find is the lee production pot and a small metal knob. You screw the knob onto the valve handle and that’s it. No more parts, literally takes 10 seconds (8 of which are unwrapping the knob). Once assembled you are ready to turn on the melter. A word of caution, when first turned on this thing smokes and stinks. I assume its burning off oil used for either manufacturing or shipping (corrosion resistance perhaps?). In any regard, turn this thing on outside the first time!

The melter itself features and dial on top for temperature control. Lee states that the highest setting will stabilize at around 900F which is far warmer then we need for casting. I usually use an infrared thermometer to measure my temps and shoot for about 650F which is at setting # 4 on my unit. For about 5 lbs of lead it took me roughly 15 minutes to reach temperature. Once your at temperature, pouring is as simple as positioning your mold underneath and lifting the valve lever! When your done casting, you can drain the lead into some ingot molds (you can purchase 1 lb molds readily, or some people use an old muffin tin or similar device) which will make them easier to grab later. You can also leave the lead in the production pot, though be prepared for it to drip hot lead when you start heating it up next time. Just make sure to put a metal tin or ingot mold under it.