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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2021, 03:55:49 PM »
I have one of those black enameled canning pots that I picked up at Good Will or Salvation Army for cheap. I simmer (not boil) outside on a crab cooker. Lemon fresh Joy and Borax are my go to for breaking down, degreasing, and scent removal.

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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2021, 04:09:08 PM »
I cut the bottom 1/3 out of a 55 gal drum, been great for years
👍 works perfectly

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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2021, 05:42:10 PM »
Yeah the slow cook method is known as maceration. It works better than a boil as a boil will cook the oils from the fats into the bone and give it a yellow tinting. 40 volume peroxide is good for whitening. Don't let it sit too long or it also will break down the bone. Just wrap the head in gauze all over really well and soak with peroxide then let sit a while and unwrap it. Rinse with water and done. Or repeat if it's not white enough for you. Lots of different methods available.

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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2021, 07:46:40 PM »
Iíve been waiting for this to turn into a what method is best thread and it looks like itís starting to. Hereís my take, If you simmer not boil and help pick the material off as it goes the bone is absolutely fine. If you want the absolute best result then by all means pay to have it beetled, de greased and whitened. If you want a really nice product at a minimal cost and want to spend a little time on it try thisÖÖ.

-skin the head, remove the eyes, lower jaw and tounge and trim off as much meat/fat as possible
-drop into simmering water, keeping the antlers above the water level. You can wrap the antler bases in tin foil if desired. You can also add above mentioned substances to help the process.
-pull out frequently and continue to remove flesh/fat. You can use low pressure water spray to help esp in brain cavity
-continue to repeat until clean, there will be a fair amount of picking and scrubbing along the way
- be extra careful in nasal cavity if you want to preserve the fine nasal structure
-move to sink and scrub well with dawn and brush, I like the small toothbrush style wire brushes
-next is de greasing, this takes time. Warm water and dawn, change out the water and repeat. I use a fish tank heater to keep the water warm
-when de greasing is done give one final scrub and start the whitening process, I use high volume peroxide and keep it shy of the antler bases. Some guys use the paste I donít because the liquid gets everywhere and dissolves any small stuff missed. Wrap a strip of paper towel under the base of each antler to pull the peroxide up.
-when desired whitening is achieved you can touch up antler bases with whatever antler stain you like if necessary just be careful not to get any on the skull, I wrap mine during this process to prevent that.

There are many other tips and tricks learned along the way that will help you, you have just got to do a few. We make a day out of it, drink a bunch of beer and reminisce about the hunting season!
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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2021, 08:05:44 PM »
Donít do it in the kitchen of your new house, with your wifeís favorite large pan on the stove. The smell tends to linger through out the house, and degreasing the pan afterwards is not fun.


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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2022, 10:51:57 AM »
I watched a utube video with randy newberg and he was using a device called the Bridger boiler ,basically a kit to boil  euro mounts.  Looked pretty slick other then the price. 

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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2022, 08:35:56 AM »
Turkey fryer for deer size heads or a cut off 55 gallon drum for elk or moose size heads. Your best friend when doing heads this way is a pressure washer. It saves a ton of time.

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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2022, 08:55:23 AM »
I've been using 5-gallon bucket or bigger feeder bucket with aquarium heaters.  Plan on upgrading to heaters with more control and slightly higher heating capability. 
Then the Dawn soak, and on to the bleaching process.
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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2022, 09:08:15 AM »
Degrease - oxiclean and dawn in a large icechest with cheap amazon sous heater.
Didnít even need peroxide.

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Re: What do you use to boil your heads?
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2022, 10:06:24 AM »
I used my wife's large spaghetti pot. 


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