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Old 03-22-2008, 04:31 PM
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weird batch of bio

ive been experimenting with stuff to make methoxide, and i used some sort of draino and traxxas rc car fuel(methanol with some crap in it) and got some weird stuff on the bottom of my bio, its about as dark as maple syrup, and the bio is about as dark as apple juice, oh and im doing the dr.peper style of making it, ... im new to this so any help is appriciated, thanks,

it has been washed once, and i think i did it right...

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RC fuel has nitromethane and oils in it along with the methanol. might be getting some other precipitates setting out. how long has it set? I had to let mine mine set a couple days before all the glycerine settled out. decant the stuff off the bottom and try washing it and see if it clears up....
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1994diesel, CAUTION! You may have accidentaly created explosive salts by combining nitromethane with sodium or potassium hydroxide in the methoxide mix. According to the material safety data sheet at this link http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/n5740.htm it is possible to create explosive salts that are very sensitive to heat and pressure once dried. I hope someone on here that is a trained chemist will give a knowlegable opinion on this matter. Good luck. Jim
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oh wow!!! jeez i hope didnt, and i let it settle for a few days but the glycerin didnt solidify like it usually does it just turned into a weird chocolate substance... i am also letting it dry for a day in between washes, so i will try that, thanks guys for the help, i will be careful about what i do.
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Drano will not work properly. Drano contains Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Chloride, and Aluminum!! Adding Methanol and Nitromethane can cause some nasty chemical compounds to form, including explosives.


Never, Never, Never use Drano!!!

What you should use for small batches is Red Devil Lye. Red Devil is pure Sodium Hydroxide. Nitromethane is a No,No too.

Please dispose of this hazardous mixture before someone gets hurt!!!
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