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RE: [new_distillers] microwaving charcoal

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  • Aaron Pelly
    I put a bit of fine powdered carbon in the microwave for a few seconds to see what would happen (ah, curiosity hey?). As I suspected, it was quite pretty! I am
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 27, 2002
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      I put a bit of fine powdered carbon in the microwave for a few seconds to
      see what would happen (ah, curiosity hey?). As I suspected, it was quite
      pretty!

      I am interested to know if this poses a risk to the microwave though. Any
      comments?

      -----Original Message-----
      From: peter_vcb [mailto:viciousblackout@...]
      Sent: Saturday, 28 September 2002 04:13
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [new_distillers] microwaving charcoal


      i was reading about melting metal in microwaves. it seems that carbon
      in the form of graphite will absorb the microwaves very well and can
      get hot enough to melt silver, copper or brass and other materials. i
      thought it may be a good way to regenerate my carbon, figuring it may
      absorb microwaves very well and really burn off all the nasties. i
      boiled it in a pot and drained and boiled again 3 times. then i put
      it in a pyrex bowl into the microwave. i microwaved for 20 mins until
      it was dry. then i put it in for 8 mins more. i took it out with an
      oven glove (wise move) and put it on some newspaper. i stirred it
      with a spoon. it was glowing red at the bottom! the newspaper started
      to smoke too. after it cooled it seemed fine and there was no grey
      dust which i had expected. it could be a bit dangerous and could
      start to combust (i presume)

      anybody have any experience with this??



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