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Re: Aluminum Pots for cooking
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Aluminum Pots for cooking
- From: Patricia Grass <PAGrass@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 20:45:57 -0400
- Message-id: <199709120044.RAA16114@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I can testify first hand about caustic sods and aluminum pots--don't do it.
As a very young science teacher (30 years ago) I tried making soap in an
aluminum pot in my class. Luckily I killed no one. Soap making involves the
use of lye and some preparation of pulp also involves lye or soda ash. Lye
and soda ash react with the aluminum pot--quite vigorously. I had bubbling,
spurting, fumes and a good lesson in checking what you are doing before you
do it. I now use a stainless steel pot for cooking fibers with soda ash and
it seems to work OK.