Burcham's Metals - Recycling and Sales since 1960 What We Buy What We Sell About Burcham's Contact us

Common Metal Categories

Steel/Iron

steel-iron

Prepared Steel

Steel no longer than 4 feet and no wider than 18 inches, and no thinner than 1/8 inch.

Unprepared Steel

Steel longer than 4 feet or wider than 18 inches, and no thinner than 1/8 inch.

Tin (ferrous)

Steel that is thinner than 1/8 inch, bulky items should be crushed or broken down flat.
Note: Steel that meets the prepared or unprepared dimensions but has non ferrous or non metals attached would be purchased as Tin.

Cast Iron

Stainless Steel

stainless-steel

316 Stainless Steel

Dirty Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel (mixed 300 series)

Note: 400 series Stainless Steel alloy is purchased as ferrous material.

Misc. non-ferrous

non-ferrous

Aluminum-Copper radiator (clean and dirty)

Brass-Copper radiator (clean and dirty)

Carbide

Catalytic Convertors

Die Cast (clean and dirty)

Heating Elements

Lead

Nickel

Tin (non-ferrous)

Pure Tin alloy

Titanium

Zinc

Brass

brass

Ammo Brass

Red Brass

Yellow Brass

Dirty Brass

Sprinklers

Aluminum

aluminum

5% Aluminum

Extruded aluminum with less than 5% (total weight) of foreign materials attached (e.g. putty, plastic, screws, rubber, heavy paint).

6061 Aluminum

Structural aluminum such as pipe, angle, flat bar, etc. that is mill-marked (stamped) as 6061.

6063 Aluminum

Extruded aluminum free from all foreign materials (e.g. putty, glass, screws, rubber, plastic).
Note: Anodized 6063 and painted 6063 should be separated from clean 6063.

ACSR Aluminum

“Aluminum Conductor, Steel Reinforced.” Aluminum cable with a steel core; use a magnet to distinguish from solid aluminum cable such as EC wire.

Aluminum Clips

Structural aluminum used in new production such as pipe, angle, flat bar, plate, etc. that have no defining mill marks.

Aluminum Sheet

Auto Wheels (clean and dirty)

Beverage Cans

Cast Aluminum

Dirty Aluminum

EC Wire (insulated and bare)

“Electrical Conductor” wire. All-aluminum stranded cable; use a magnet to distinguish from steel-reinforced aluminum cable such as ACSR.

Irrigation Pipe

Copper

copper

#1 Copper

Bare copper (wire, tube and solids) with no solder, paint or heavy oxidation. Must have individual strands at least ‘pencil lead thick.’

#2 Copper

Bare copper (wire, tube and solids) with solder, paint and/or heavy oxidation.
Note: Any wire, regardless of its condition, with individual strands that are less than ‘pencil lead thick’ is classified as #2 copper.

#3 Copper

Thin gauge copper sheet.

Bright Wire

Bare #1 copper wire that is completely free from oxidation (i.e. bright and shiny) and has individual strands that are at least ‘pencil lead thick.’

CBM

“Copper Bearing Material.” Items that contain low amounts of contaminated or mixed copper and brass such as electronic circuit boards, VCRs and CPUs.

Low Grade Insulated Copper Wire

Insulated copper wire with 40-55% copper to insulation ratio. Common examples: phone wire, computer cables, extension cords, etc. with plugs removed.
Note: Plastic and metal connectors should be removed. Insulated wire with plastic or metal connectors still attached may be purchased as Insulated Copper Wire with Plugs (minimum 30% copper recovery) or as CBM (less than 30% copper recovery).

Compressor Motors

Copper with Brass attached

Electric Motors

Insulated #1 Copper wire

Insulated copper wire in which the individual strands are at least ‘pencil lead thick’ and there is estimated to be at least a 60% copper to insulation ratio.

Insulated #2 Copper wire

Insulated copper wire in which the individual strands are less than ‘pencil lead thick’ and there is estimated to be at least a 60% copper to insulation ratio.

Romex

Starters and Alternators

Transformers