What is Brass?
Brass is an alloy made from copper and zinc. Depending on the amount of each metal used a number of brasses can be made with varying properties. Bronze, which is similar to brass, is an alloy of copper and tin. Brass is one of my favourite types of metal. It is heavy, it is dense and before you know it you have one hundred kilos of it.
Depending on where you are looking, brass is used in many applications, for example your bathroom and kitchen taps.
Because of its gold like appearance, brass is also used a lot for decorative purposes. Brass is also used where low friction is required such as such as locks, gears, bearings, and valves.
Commonly Found Where?
- Bathroom and Kitchen Taps
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Some Silverware and antiques
- Musical Instruments
- Doorknobs and window latches
Grades of Scrap Brass
Mixed or plumbers is the main grade, which as suggested is made up of taps, faucets joiners and other plumbing fittings it however can also include ornaments, door handles and latches, window latches and numerous other fixtures.
Dirty, Coast or contaminated brass is a grading describing that it is contaminated with other metals and plastics. An example of this May be a door handle that has a steel internal mechanism or a drain fitting that has lead piping attached.
Gun Metal is normally mistaken for Brass and is quite often just bought as Brass by many scrap metal yards. It looks like, is heavy like, and in some cases used to make similar plumbing fittings as
Scrapping Brass Tips and Cautions
- When selling your scrap ensure that any contaminated brass is separate from the cleaner scrap as this will have a bearing on the SCRAP BRASS PRICE received.
- Even though Brass is yellow it is quite often coated silver or chrome, so it is important to scratch the surface of silver metals to make sure they are not Brass (brass is worth more than most other silver coloured metals).
- Sometimes ornaments can be antiques and can be worth far more if sold as an antique rather than as scrap metal.