'Copper' scourers (NOT!)
- Don't ever make the mistake of buying these (photo attached). They are
clearly labeled 'Copper Scourers' but 'Copper Washed Mild Steel Scourers'
is more accurate.
I ran these in my reflux column - 2 runs. After the second run, I left the
still set for a day (my bad) and when I went to break it down, all of the
'Copper' scourers had turned to heaps of black (ferric) oxide. The ones
nearest the bottom had the consistency of freeze-dried plant material,
whereas the ones nearest the top still had a slight bit of structural
integrity - but were still mostly black.
I should have tested them first, they stick firmly to a magnet..! If these
things are actually plated, they may have had a layer of zinc deposited
atop the steel before the copper. Nasty, nasty, poorly labeled junk
Switching to Chore Boy,
-- Dr. M. Legendre