Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:31:36 -0600
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Subject: Re: Ether - Motor Priming Grade
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Must be Friday afternoon….I still use it in my snow bl ower (as an aerosol). 

Ether in the glove compartment brings back memories of ̶ 0;Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter Thompson……”nev er trust a man in the midst of an ether binge!”…those that have re ad it will understand.

I remember the blue flames also, but coming out of a 1970 or so VW Bug!  Lost my facial hair (including eyebrows) once there!


Dr. Gary L. Yarrow,  Director

Environmental Health & Safety

Shepard Hall 059; Bldg 2202

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD  5700-7-0896


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Back in t he day, when I worked in the lab and had access and drove a 1959 Volvo in the frigid midwestern winter, parking on the street, I would take the battery o ut, bring it inside to keep warm for the next morning, then re-install it, pour about 10 mL of diethyl ether onto the strangely vertical carbeurator air filter, and that baby fired right up every day--no problem........Then one night a cop stopped me because I had a tail light out, some heavy anti-war litera ture stuck all over the trunk, and quite a pony-tail and full beard. He looked a t me, and then into the glove compartment where I kept the ether (didn't want it in the apartment) and almost busted me for having it. After I explained it, he relaxed, but still gave me a ticket for the tail light................Petro leum ether might have worked as well, but, but that diethyl variety sure did the trick!

J. Willia m Hirzy, Ph.D.
Chemist In Residence
Phone: 202-885-1780

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Re: [DCHAS-L] Ether - Motor Priming Grade

My experience with "ether" used for motor starting (AKA start ing fluid)
is usually a composition of petroleum "ether" which is typica lly but not
necessarily an ether as we chemists know it, but is really a compositio n
of short chain aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. This material is
typically used in starting diesel engines that lack glow plugs in cold< /tt>

Thomas Wrona
Equipment Systems Manager
Radiation and Chemical Safety Officer
Southeastern Michigan Location
Ohio Michigan Division
Office Phone: 313 494-2894
Facsimile: 313 833-2799

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Roberts, Jerilyn C.
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:39 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Ether - Motor Priming Grade

Does anyone have any information on Humco Laboratories Ether Motor
Priming Grade?  We are working on moving to a new building and it was
found in a cabinet.  All it says is "ether", but I am no t familiar with
motor priming grade.  I am treating with extreme caution.  An y
information would be greatly appreciated.


Jerilyn Roberts
Environmental Health and Safety Director
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
605 394-6729
605 394-6131 FAX

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