--- In Distillers@yahoogro ups.com , justin webster <mail@...> wrote:
> >> That copper water heater would be worth some decent money
> >> as scrap copper! I'd call around and see how much I could get
> >> it, and then take that money and buy something known to be safe
> well, that takes the fun out of it now doesn't it!
> it certainly seems like the only real danger with lead is if it is
> present in the condenser or lynne arm where leached lead can run
> into the collected distillate.
> my concern is that if significant quantities of lead were leaching
> into the wash, repeated backsetting could get the lead levels
> even still, it should forever remain in the pot and never vaporise.
> I guess I could always grind or melt out most of the solder and
> braze over it to minimise any potential risk.
Leaching and vaporising are two entirely different things. Please
don't confuse them.
Leaching is a dissolving of the mineral or metal (in this case Lead)
into a transport medium (water & ethanol are both very good at it).
Vaporising is a change of state from liquid to gas.
The Lead won't vaporise but IT WILL LEACH! And Lead is a cumulative
poison, meaning that it STAYS in the body. It is not excreted by
normal bioprocessing means.