The pellets are cooled and screened for quality and then loaded onto trains and ore boats for shipment to blast furnaces and steel mills. That's where these iron ore pellets are turned into finished steel for shipment to auto and appliance manufacturers, steel building producers, and others.
Iron Ore Pellets, Pellet plant, Odisha. Finished steel prices are declining with time owing to which the Pellet prices are also fluctuating. The situation might improve by the month of August, 2013, but there is no chance of even a slight improvement in the month of July, 2013.
Why don't you use something like lead shot? That's what's usually used to make weight bags and vests. Iron ore actually isn't very heavy compared to shot. If lead skeeves you out you can get leadfree shot as well. It's a bulk commodity, usually sold in 25lb bags.
Exports of iron ore pellets lift St. Lawrence Seaway freight volumes Open this photo in gallery: Shipments of iron ore pellets, which are used to make steel, rose by 34 per cent to million tonnes as China secured raw materials to feed its manufacturing facilities.