A very simple, easy and economical way of measuring melting points. The apparatus consists of an aluminum block 2.5" (62mm) in diameter by 2" (50mm) high, with a slanted hole to accept a thermometer.
The testing material is sprinkled on the top of the block and the block is heated with a heat source like a bunsen burner. As soon as the material starts to melt the reading on the thermometer is the melting point. This apparatus can be used to measure melting points up to 250 degrees C. Stand and thermometer not included.