Re: [Distillers] (unknown)
- On 1 Apr 00, at 15:20, Andrew Black wrote:
> Whilst in B&Q last week I noticed some lead free solder made by FryIt is considered safe for potable water supplies. It does, however
> Metals, for sale. On closer inspection the packet did not reveal what the
> solder was made from, only that it was lead free. Does anyone know whether
> it would be safe to use this stuff for still building?
tain tin (as does lead solder) which is also toxic. Others would
know better than me if tin is soluble in alcohol.
Anyway, I used it and after all what else are you gonna use
assuming your still is made of copper? You could braze it but even
if you have the equipment this is a difficult procedure. If you dont
have any plumbing experience as your question seems to imply,
you will have enough work to solder the assembly with solder.
If you are concerned about toxicity, try to reduce the amount of
solder exposed to the distillate by being careful with it. You could
use compression joints but these are extemely expensive in larger
sizes. (The price of a 42mm end feed solder tee will make you
gasp in disbelief as it is - about 22 gbp as i remember.
- --- Andrew Black <rizz.a.b@...> wrote:
> Hi,Hi Rizz,
> Whilst in B&Q last week I noticed some lead free
> solder made by Fry Metals, for sale. On closer
> inspection the packet
> did not reveal what the solder was made from, only
> that it was lead free. Does anyone know whether it
> would be safe to
> use this stuff for still building?
> Thanks Rizz
The solder at B&Q is of a high tin content with a
small amount of antimony added, therefore should be
fine for still building. The use of lead solder would
not pose too much of a problem given that many
household in the UK still have lead water piping I
know because I have just replaced mine. If you intend
to clean your distillate up with activated charcoal
this should hopefull remove any heavy metals present
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