Now I need to get the heater to melt the lead into and jig hooks for 4 and 5 oz. bucktail jigs. What type of heater and hooks are best?
Making your own bucktail jigs
The old Coleman Stove with a cast iron bucket and spool is old school and will work. But what Gotcow said. The Lee lead melting pot is the way to go.
Can't beat do-it and hilts molds. I have the small palmer electric, only use for small batches. An old dutch over on a turkey fryer will really put out the lead. It is hard to keep the mold hot with the small electric melter. I have a lot of the molds, but have a hard time finding molds for the bigger (16 oz) lures. They really eat up the lead!
I am trying to locate some good tutorials on making some molds for larger lures!
Bigg Bunny - did you search the lure building forum on this subject? A lot of discussion there about this very issue.
Last year I began pouring lead into jig molds, and learned the hard way that it's nothing like pouring round ball or minie bullets for black powder.
The big Do-It molds are a PITA to deal with, and if you search my comments, you can see what finally worked for me, after receiving a lot of excellent advice from the guys here.
In the end I had custom AVA molds made just because I wanted my own that tapered exactly the way I thought they should flow, etc.
And you'll need a Dremel, too, no matter what.
Several of my other Do-It molds have been routed out with the Dremel into perfect sizes, shapes and weights.
Use the search function, especially in Lure Building.
other than that, make sure you fill the mold completely - you might have to wait then top it off as the lead will suck any excess in as it cools and if there's no extra you'll end up with voids. and ventilation, ventilation, ventilation.