Technical Difficulties from on Top of the Mountain
2004-03-27
  I just wanted to know how much a dumpster cost
I have these plans to corner the local market on aluminum, and eventually steel. See, I figure I can buy up the local scrap pretty cheap, and then smelt it down, and maybe run a micro mill here for the steel. (The aluminum I'm just going to hoard.)

Now, normally a steel mill or an aluminum smelter is this big industrial mess, burning up all kinds of fuels or sucking up megawatts of electricity, not to mention the costs and zoning fights just to build. But I've got a crazy plan that doesn't use any fuels or electricity. One thing we have in abundance up here in Flagstaff is sunlight. I figure on a small scale, I should be able to get a medium sized crucible up to several thousand degrees in short order and melt through a ton or so of metal in a short time.

So the first stage of this plan, is collecting the scrap. I was thinking that steel dumpsters would be a good start, something I could stick around town at strategic locations, and collect aluminum to start. But I can't find out how much they cost. Froogle doesn't help, and neither does a straight on attack on Google. About the closest I can get is shipping container vendors, and they want to "contact me to discuss pricing". They seem to have a lot of containers though.

So much for the efficiency of capitalism. Maybe I should just make one.

 
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