Dear Colleagues -
Try exploring the use of Aluminum blocks on your hot plates, etc. as a substitute. these are widely available in numerous configurations (including for RB flasks), work great, & are mess-free.
When used appropriately, far less of a fire concern than oil baths - naturally, a faulty heating device (or operator ;) is a problem no matter what!
Seriously, Aldrich sells them, among many other suppliers:
Best regards & good luck,
Frank T. Coppo
EHS Specialist, Environment, Health, & Safety Services
GlaxoSmithKline | 1250 S. Collegeville Rd. | UP2410 | Collegeville, PA | 19426 | USA
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Yung Morgan
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:20 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] oil baths use
I was wondering if I can tap on the group expertise and wisdom on the use of Oil baths. We have had a few small fires due to overheating or faulty thermostat. In your opinion, how often oil baths must be changed? What type of oil (not too expensive) is recommended? What do you suggest replacing them with ? I have heard: beads, sand etc.. Please share any experience you may have with oil baths substitutions. Do they work to heat up solvents evenly?
Again, thank you for all ideas or suggestions you may have. Keep up the great work you do.
Yung Morgan, MsPH
Industrial Hygiene Services
Environmental Health and Safety
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UMASS,Amherst MA 01003
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