The dross clamshell is designed for ease of operation, and will reduce the time necessary to properly dross your kettle. The clamshell is constructed of steel, and the bucket is easily replaced. Plant air is controlled by a valve mounted on the operator handle, and air cylinders mounted on a steel platform provide power for closure of the clamshell. This design allows for use over kettles with minimum headroom. The clamshell is designed for kettles of any depth or width, and can be changed if your kettle size changes in later years.