I'm going to subscribe to this thread. I'd be interested also.
Over 20 years ago we used to take wire out to a buddies property in the country and burn the insulation off. I guess you don't get as much money for blackened copper though.
The smaller stuff is a pain and I wish I could find something easier to do it too! I have seen a few homemade devises that looked kinda like a copper tubing cutter....
The best set up I have seen is a homemade stripper that has no cutting wheel, rather a pair of rollers one above the other like a wringer on an old fashioned washing machine. One of the rollers is attached to a chuck in an old Shop Smith. It mashes the wire and the insulation breaks and falls away.
No need to pretty up the wire prior to stripping. You can send a wadded up piece of #12 through and clean copper comes out. Widen the rollers a couple of turns and your all set for a bigger size.
I go an entire different route. I found a couple who like to watch TV at night while they strip copper. They even dismantle all the old panels and fuse boxes I remove and get the copper. I call him. he comes and picks it up and we split everything down the middle. Its been working for me for several years now.
I picked up this manual stripper from an ad in EC magazine several years ago. ($200/300??) It sat around forever until I realized how much scrap copper was worth and got motivated to do a massive warehouse clean up.
This is the one I purchased, seems to work good.
I also have the big BUCKS Stripper .Do not buy it .It's very fussy and wears out quick ,The blades are expensive also.