View Full Version : Magnesium burns in kitchen oven!?

07-17-2010, 01:39 AM
When installing a tube in a bell, place the tube in a 5 gallon bucket of ice.
Heat the bell in an oven to 270-300F. Lubricate the bell bore and drop the
tube into the bell. DO NOT TORCH! Annealing and/or cracking will occur

This came from Winters website. The bell I have now is magnesium. This particular metal, from what i understand, burns very hot w/a bright white glow. I would rather not witness this in my wife's kitchen!:eek:
Anyone out there, heated there bell in the stove as directed to install an axle tube?
Also, would it be correct to put the bell in the oven and set the oven to 300* and when it reaches that temp remove from kitchen and install the tube? I cannot locate a thermometer to check the temp. of the bell. Winters should have put in one of those things like they do in a turkey!

07-17-2010, 07:29 AM
tried to find the exact ignition temperature of magnesium but i didnt have time to do a thorough search. found this tho.


i think things like magnesium powder and cable have a fairly low ignition temperature but something like a solid bellhousing of magnesium i would imagine takes more than an indirect flame 300* in order to ignite.

and someone correct me if i'm wrong but the slow heating sounds like a better idea than preheating and then sticking it directly into 300 degree heat. it may just take a little longer to reach 300. and as i'm sure you know, once the axle tube is in, its probably a good idea to let the bell cool down on its own.

07-17-2010, 09:17 AM
we did ours in the kitchen stove, ur old lady might not like it..

07-17-2010, 11:34 AM
And my wife wonders why my Bar-B-Q pit is so big.......................

07-17-2010, 11:40 AM
we did ours in the kitchen stove, ur old lady might not like it..

Bell sitting on top of stove, while tube is in freezer, she doesn't like it already!:p

07-17-2010, 11:51 AM
Gas grills on the patio are great for this. You could also put it infront of a propane heater and that works too, thats how ours was done.

07-17-2010, 12:59 PM
The electric oven sounds safer to me that an open flame. JMO

07-17-2010, 03:50 PM
Decided to heat the bell on the grill. Had the tube -3* and the bell @ 250*, went right in. Temps taken w/temp gun btw.

07-30-2010, 11:01 PM
What would happen if u reversed them ?

07-30-2010, 11:31 PM
The ignition point of Magnesium is 650* CELCIUS or about 1200* FAHRENHEIT so I think you are safe.