Platinum Is Cool, Platinum is Hot . . . and Here Are the Reasons Why

Platinum Is Cool, Platinum is Hot . . . and Here Are the Reasons Why

We have written on this blog in the past about stoves, furnaces, space heaters and other “hot” places you can find platinum thermocouple wire that we can recycle for you in our precious metal refinery.

But what about cold places? Don’t air conditioners contain thermocouple wire that we can process for you? Yes, they do. But before we delve into that subject, let’s consider the fundamental difference between devices that generate heat and devices that cool things off . . .

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Precious Metals: What to Look for When You’re Cleaning Out a Medical Facility

Precious Metals: What to Look for When You’re Cleaning Out a Medical Facility

Whether you’re clearing out or cleaning up a hospital, a nursing home, a testing lab or a medical facility of a different kind, you have good opportunities to cash in on precious metals.

Medical facilities are home to many kinds of supplies and equipment that contain gold, silver, platinum and even cadmium.

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Where to Find Precious Metals in Buildings You Are Demolishing

Where to Find Precious Metals in Buildings You Are Demolishing

If you are in the business of demolishing buildings, you know that the first order of business is usually to “just knock it down . . . make it disappear!”

There is a reason for that. The sooner most old buildings are gone, the sooner they can be replaced with a new shopping center, apartment complex, parking lot, or other income-generating project. So you follow the instructions of the developer that hired you and as quickly as possible, that old building is reduced to rubble and trucks start to haul it away.

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Four Common Sources of Platinum Scrap

Four Common Sources of Platinum Scrap

If you’re on the hunt for platinum scrap, you could sweep the floors at a jewelry factory, pull up old drain pipes and floorboards you find there, or tweezer out bits of old platinum screens and sponge from plating tanks and drains.

That’s hard work. There are much easier places to find platinum . . .

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Where to Find Platinum Wire in Strange Places

Where to Find Platinum Wire in Strange Places

Platinum wire can turn up just about anywhere where platinum was used in manufacturing. Even though it doesn’t look valuable to the casual observer, it could be. So, if you find bright, shiny white wire... 

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How to Make Money Recycling Gold Thermocouples

How to Make Money Recycling Gold Thermocouples

Did you know that some thermocouples contain gold and gold alloys? They are highly specialized, not the kind of thermocouples or thermocouple wire that you can pull out of old stoves or air conditioners. They are usually used in laboratory settings to measure low to moderate temperatures. If you acquire even a small quantity of them...

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Why Stuff that Doesn’t Glitter Could Be Platinum

Why Stuff that Doesn’t Glitter Could Be Platinum

Although platinum doesn’t rust or oxidize, it can discolor after it is exposed to high heat in laboratories. That bluish patina can be deceiving. You look at a discolored piece of thermocouple wire or a testing crucible or a stand that was used in the lab and think, “this discolored stuff can’t possibly be platinum.” The discolorations that affect used platinum mesh or sponge can be even more deceiving. They can be reduced to a blackish powder that you’d be tempted to sweep up and toss away.

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Get Wired! How to Unravel Big Dollars from Wires Made of Gold, Platinum and other Precious Metals

Get Wired! How to Unravel Big Dollars from Wires Made of Gold, Platinum and other Precious Metals

If you’re emptying an old factory that produced products that contained metals, chances are good that you will discover wire that contains precious metals.  You might find coils of it in storage areas. You might find little rolls of it hiding in drawers. Unless the previous owners labeled their supplies carefully or the wire is still in its original packaging, you have very little way of knowing what kind of wire you have.

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New Restaurant Technologies Rely on Thermocouples You Can Recycle for Cash

New Restaurant Technologies Rely on Thermocouples You Can Recycle for Cash

In the larger restaurants where so many of us eat today – the chains that have the same restaurants that we see whether we are driving near Atlanta, Los Angeles or Boston – most of the food is prepared in an entirely new way.  Partially or completely prepared frozen entrees arrive from central production facilities that resemble factories, not kitchens.  And when those meals arrive, they are stored in freezers and then prepared quickly, using high-tech restaurant equipment.

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Three Reasons Smart Platinum Investors Are Making a Fortune Today

Three Reasons Smart Platinum Investors Are Making a Fortune Today

Many platinum investors are frozen in place today. Although they own scrapped catalytic converters, old lab testing vessels and other items that contain platinum, they are waiting until platinum prices increase before cashing in. Meanwhile, smart platinum investors are cashing in. Like other contrarian investors, they are moving ahead instead of staying fixated on just one factor as a sign of when to sell. Here are three compelling reasons why this is a great time to recycle platinum today instead of waiting...

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A Brief History of Platinum

A Brief History of Platinum

Because platinum wasn’t used widely in jewelry or industry until about 100 years ago, it seems like a “new” precious metal. That’s not really true.  In about 700 B.C., Egyptian artisans were using it to make ornamental objects, like the famous and mysterious Casket of Thebes.  And at the same time, pre-Columbian artisans in South America were fashioning it into small trinkets. Those are only a few fascinating facts about this beautiful, tarnish-resistant, and durable precious metal. Here’s a quick timeline of its fascinating history.

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Why Recycling Large Quantities of Small Appliances Offers You a Big Payback

Why Recycling Large Quantities of Small Appliances Offers You a Big Payback

How valuable are the precious metals in a single toaster? How about in a coffee maker or a toaster oven? In reality, you won’t find more than a few cents’ worth of precious metals in small appliances like those. But when the quantities of small appliances increase, things can get more interesting – and more profitable. Here are some interesting variables that can have a big impact on the potential value of quantities of smaller appliances . . .

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What’s Happening with Gold?

If you’ve been monitoring the current drop in gold prices, chances are that you have been wondering what is happening with gold. That is a very good question to ask, especially if you own quantities of gold that you would like to recycle or sell at the most opportune time.

Yet as a very wise investor once told me . . .

When everyone is asking the same question, smart investors think of other questions that could be even smarter to ask.

What's going on with gold right now? And is that the only question you should be asking? Maybe now is the time to talk to Specialty Metals about recycling silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium?

What's going on with gold right now? And is that the only question you should be asking? Maybe now is the time to talk to Specialty Metals about recycling silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium?

The message behind that advice is that contrarian thinking is often the best in unsettling times. So instead of following the crowd and fixating on gold, perhaps questions like these will lead you to more profits today.

Smart Questions to Ask

  • Am I overlooking other precious metals that I could recycle profitably today? If you own quantities of catalytic converters, thermocouples, or other items that contain precious metals, could it be wiser to direct your attention to them now? What is happening with gold could be a secondary concern.
  • Could I profit by selling or recycling my gold now, despite the current price levels? If you acquired gold at a price that was lower than its current level, you can still profit by liquidating it now. You make money by selling at a profit, correct? So the current prices may not be a valid consideration.
  • Instead of trying to buy gold now at attractive prices, should I invest in, or recycle, other precious metals instead? Gold is not the only game in town. Other metals, including platinum, are also selling at very attractive prices. Perhaps they offer you a better investing option today.
  • Where can I acquire gold and other precious metals today at below-market prices? We have, for example, recently recycled quantities of used sputtering targets and catalytic converters that our clients acquired for “pennies on the dollar.” Those clients enjoyed a very good return on every dollar they invested, without obsessing about the current trading prices of gold or other precious metals.
  • Why are aggressive recycling companies courting me? In the current climate, a number of firms are attempting to acquire gold now at its lowest price, so they can hold onto them until prices rise. If you are getting solicitations that urge you to liquidate your gold holdings now, it could be wisest to wait for prices to rise so you can realize profits at the right time. Why give away the possibility of claiming future profits for yourself?

Answers to Your Questions about Gold

If gold is on your mind and you have questions about it or other precious metals, this is an opportune time to contact Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344.

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Be on the Lookout for Precious Metals as Air Conditioning Systems Power Off

In Canada and the northern regions of the United States, autumn is the season when leave start to fall and football gets started. It is also the time of year when people toss their old air conditioning systems and upgrade to new ones. If you are on the lookout, you could reclaim precious metals from old systems – precious metals that can be profitably recycled by a precious metals refinery like us.

Photo of an air conditioning system being repaired. Systems like this contain gold-bearing circuit boards and platinum thermocouple wire which can be recycled profitably by Specialty Metals.

Photo of an air conditioning system being repaired. Systems like this contain gold-bearing circuit boards and platinum thermocouple wire which can be recycled profitably by Specialty Metals.

Whether you are in the business of installing new air conditioning systems or simply find yourself in possession of a stack of old window units, here are some of the sources of precious metals that you should know about.

Recyclable Gold in Circuit Boards

Modern air conditioning systems and individual units contain circuit boards that can yield quantities of recyclable gold. It is most commonly found on the contact “fingers” on the edges of printed circuit boards. Be on the lookout for them in . . .

  • Remote devices that are used to control individual and window air conditioning units in hotels, motels, and private homes.
  • Front-panel displays and controls in both window and through-the-wall air conditioning units.
  • Central control panels and individual thermostats that are part of larger commercial and industrial systems.

The larger the quantity of these devices that you have, the more gold you have that can be recycled.

Recyclable Platinum and Other Metals in Thermocouples

Thermocouples and thermocouple wire are devices that monitor and control temperatures remotely. Valuable quantities of them can be found in commercial central air conditioning systems. And they are worth money. They can contain platinum, platinum/rhodium alloys, palladium/platinum/gold alloys, rhodium, nickel alloys, tungsten alloys – and even combinations of two noble metals like Gold and Platinum or Platinum and Palladium.

If you come into possession of a quantity of them, they have the potential to be recycled very profitably.

As Temperatures Cool, Your Income from Precious Metals Could Be Heating Up

If you have used air-conditioning systems or units on hand, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344. We are here to help you turn them into dollars.

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High Heat Equals High Value

If you’ve read this blog before, you know that we have written posts about thermocouples – those fascinating devices, made up of two different metals that are used to monitor temperatures remotely. We have also written about the probes, attached to the ends of thermocouple wires, which are used to monitor temperatures in medical testing and manufacturing processes.

Those devices often contain precious metals. But today we would like to tell you about some items that are just a bit different…

Thermocouples and probes that are used to monitor extremely high temperatures

Photo of a power plant, where you can find a wealth of platinum thermocouples that can be refined and recycled by Specialty Metals.

We are not talking about the more common thermocouple set-ups that are used to monitor temperatures in water heaters, kitchen stoves, air conditioners, or pasteurizing operations. We are talking about specialized thermocouples from nuclear power plants, non-nuclear-power plants, jet engines, gas turbines, and other places where there is a need to monitor sustained levels of extremely high temperatures.

Certain precious metals and platinum alloys are used in places like those because they will not oxidize, even at extremely high temperatures. Where lesser metals would fizzle out, they keep on monitoring.

What Metals Can You Find in High-Temperature Thermocouples and Probes?

Let’s take a look at what these high-temp thermocouples can contain.

  • Molybdenum – This is one tough metal. It holds up in temperatures up to 4000°F.
  • Platinum-Rhodium Alloys – Used in applications up to about 3000°F.
  • Tantalum – Used in applications up to about 4000°F.
  • Platinum-Molybdenum Alloys – Used in application up to about 3000°F.

How Can You Determine the Value of High-Temperature Thermocouples and Probes?

If you have scrap from high-temperature applications, don’t hesitate to find out how much it can be worth. If you call us at 800-426-2344, one of our expert consultants can explain how simple it is to send in a sample of your scrap for testing.

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