Can CPU Gold Be Direct Smelted? Electronics Recycling & Urban Mining For Precious Metals!

Can CPU Gold Be Direct Smelted? Electronics Recycling & Urban Mining For Precious Metals!

Experimenting with direct smelting of CPU’s for gold and precious metals recovery. Trying to find a fast, cheap, and easy way to recovery the gold and other precious metals from CPU’s and electronics without using acids.
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50 Comments

  1. Jeremy C on January 11, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Crushing that stuff up with the hammer made me happy, seeing them go in the furnace was bliss! After that, it was pure gold!

  2. silver cd on January 11, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Seems like a ton of work for a gram of anything

  3. Alesia Paris on January 11, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    The silver is under the Goldplateing an in Contaktpins in the Chip

  4. Wendell Xinos on January 11, 2022 at 1:29 pm

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  5. wj goh on January 11, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    your biggest problem is your trying to use geological means to extract a refined metal from a chemical process. The difference between metallurgy and chemistry. Also, you continue to refer to the circuit boards as fiberglass, they are phenolic. There is a pretty big difference considering they are produced using silica and silicon particulate because of their conductive property. Silicon wafers are GROWN in clean rooms, in cylindrical pieces then cut into circular "wafers" by which the processing is ETCHED onto them and then introduced to the housing and suspended using processed precious metal for conductivity. Super short synopsis but the point is you CANT refine like you would rock, you need a chemical process to separate the phenolics from the metals.

  6. andy parry on January 11, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Always wear a good chemical respirator when melting electronics of any kind. They contain bad chemicals like arsenic.

  7. cmphighpower on January 11, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    So you just spent 50 in propane to get 20 in gold?

  8. double AA on January 11, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    So much work for a little silver you can just buy 1 oz for 24$

  9. Ronald Nixon on January 11, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Why not just use a strong acid to dissolve out the non-precious metals and the gold will remain

  10. Solexx X on January 11, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    You need about 10 thousand more CPUs to make this worthwhile.

  11. Falney on January 11, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    I have about 30 old CPU’s, 12 graphics cards and a tonne of RAM all the way back to the days of SIMM ram. Pre SD ram. So yeah, I am a horder 😀 maybe I should get the gold reclaimed from them.

  12. alita battle angel on January 11, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    I gulp a shot everytime he says Q pell

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  14. Sajid Ahmed on January 11, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    you wil not find gold in coppermine technology of present days . after pantium processor there is copper not gold ..gold is plated on connector pins like- Ram, processors pin , sound card pins and connector, some optical and usb connectors..Gold in processor is not rare.
    some LED [old] panel display use gold wire in transformer like Viewsonic VA712 model.

  15. Donnie Hampton on January 11, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I appreciate your videos. I wondered if you know where I can have my melted gold pins refined? I bought 93grams on eBay already melted, this was back in 2013. I always wanted to see how much gold Content was actually in it. Due to medical injuries, My family and I had to move into a small apartment. I am unable to do the Gold extraction myself, so if you know where I maybe able to send it . Please let me know, I’m in California Thank you

  16. Michael Litchford on January 11, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Very interesting always wondered the steps and procedures to smelting

  17. Evil Joey on January 11, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    This seems like a lot of fucking work for $50 worth of gold even if it was all gold.

  18. Tom Longworth on January 11, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Kinda cringed when you started hitting it with a hammer 😱

  19. martK banjoboy on January 11, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    This is so educational. Love your chan!

  20. Mikey Bigfoot on January 11, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    This this video was amazing thank you

  21. Bill Wrin on January 11, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    Do you ever recover the lead from the qupell?

  22. tammyjefferywilliam on January 11, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    You can’t really refine e-waste the same as ore. There are many base metals present with little silver and even less gold. Most people have moved on from chasing gold this way because it is so laborious with low yields (unless you have some really old or military material), and only refine broken jewelry.

  23. Palandas Ghodeswar on January 11, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing valuable information about Gold Smelting .

  24. Kien Hweng Tai on January 11, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Older CPUs have more Gold, new modern ones have very little.

  25. Fabian Dennis on January 11, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    i total respect your approach.. hopefully i can break into this industry soon with your equipment

  26. Sajid Ahmed on January 11, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Silver is in solder paste and gold is not pure 24 caret …because silver can not be used in connector…it is a better conductor of current than copper . Gold is bad conductor of current than copper and silver ..to avoid chirping manufacturers use gold plating rather than silver

  27. Freeman Vashier on January 11, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    everywhere i look. it states an entire computer contains .2 grams of gold

  28. Michigan Spencer on January 11, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    All chips have, more or less, the same ratio of gold to silver. The silver is mostly from the pins. Silver is a better conductor of electricity, but corrodes (where gold is a lesser conductor, but doesn’t corrode). Unless you have HUNDREDS of microchips to MELT at the same TIME, it’s economically not worth trying to extract the precious metals.

  29. Raul Caballero on January 11, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    How much fuel (cost) was expended to extract the bead?

  30. Wake up People Wake the F up. on January 11, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    What temperature was required to process the gold out?

  31. amdevito76 on January 11, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    THE most ads of any YouTuber I’ve ever seen… ridiculous

  32. gordon thompson on January 11, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    that was a copper top plated with nickle m8

  33. Max Schön on January 11, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    How many culpels you need a month?

  34. Charles Costain on January 11, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    You know… some of those processors can be pretty rare.. There are "nostalgia nerds" who might pay more than the gold values on them if they still worked..

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  37. John Savoy on January 11, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    I enjoyed the video, but was enough precious metal extracted to justify the expense

  38. Sirena Marie Neblina on January 11, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Blender works well

  39. Robert Chow on January 11, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    i have been trying to find which method is better to recover gold from chips. i have some that were melted into bars. what would be the way to ground these bars and smelt them? i don’t want to chemical to dissolve and reheat again. i like your method of using cupel to melt the contaminated residuals. i learned a lot from your video.

  40. Ross Carlton on January 11, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    do just the pins ..

  41. Sajid Ahmed on January 11, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    old mobile 2g 3g genration have gold below key pad if it has buttons to press RAM connection pins too. processor is bad deal after 1996.

  42. Clint Jaques on January 11, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Can you put Portland cement in a small terracotta pot (the type that is used for pot plants) and use it for cupelling in an electric furnace instead of a flame furnace?

  43. C.KILBY on January 11, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    From my experience dealing with these type of materials.
    I watched all types of electronics change in their composition, from 18k solid metals to cost saving manufacturing techniques, which used the metal silver as a base metal for pins and so on, which the gold plated. With a heavy gold plate. Not a flash gold look that rubs of with one use like most manufactures today,
    So, I have handled millions of computer chips. I still have some that are rare and heavily cited in gold. As well as some very heavy duty diods.
    These computer chips generate electricity for every leg of the chip when exposed to light.
    But anyway, what you probably recieved was a later model of chip from the 90s to today.
    It could be older.
    But the metal content you recieved shows the percentage of metals used to make these chips.
    But, whats important here is the cost per how many chips to process. And what can you yield.
    What you are showing is very cool.
    I wish I was there actually participating in this type of study.
    I actually helped in the reclaiming of silver from one dirt into 5 gal glass bottles. Throught the vacume filter process.
    I think its all a very interesting process.
    After watching several of your videos. I think you might be the kind of person that could do and be interested in making somthing that I keep secret.
    For good reason.
    However. The main reason I keep it secret is, because I can’t prove it unless I do it first.
    Thats where I noticed that you have the place and skills to do an awsome job on this type of project.
    It could be an eye opener. And fun,
    It could even bring revenue of sorts.
    But also it could make a great YouTube
    Learning video .
    And it will answer a great ancient question concerning alchemy still not realized by man today.
    Ok brother. Keep up the cool work. Let me know if you want to ?

  44. Harold Stewart on January 11, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    just’a waste of time…

  45. Tom Powell on January 11, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Could you please tell us what your cost is for the gas, electricity, Capello and machinery is. So we could evaluate where we would have to be to break even. Really great video; Thank You, Tom.

  46. Paul Furrell on January 11, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Where do I get those big crucibles?

  47. etb408 on January 11, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Silver, It was in the the solder

  48. Jesse Kauffman on January 11, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    That was pretty cool

  49. JustAChivalrousKnight on January 11, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    This is Adam Driver in 10-15 years

  50. Don Palmer on January 11, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Great video!
    Learned a lot from it as well as the comments below.
    Thank You All!

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