In my area, JD weights are like gold. So I came up with a plan to make mine from some lead I had around here. First, I made a mold for the outside. Dimensions are 11" tall X 7" deep X 1-1/2" thick. That gives me 40 lbs weight. I already have 2 sets made up. This will be the 3rd set. Here's the mold:
I use 1-1/2" X 1/8" strap to make the handle and hanger parts from using a HF bender.
I locate these in the mold and weld cattle panel wire to them for strength and locating them.
Now to fire up the turkey fryer and melt some lead!