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Old 2016-07-03, 8:47pm
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Default Pickle in a Crock Pot - Don't Be Tempted to...

Don't be tempted to keep an old crock pot for pickling your rods..
By all means use an old one you're about to throw out, but...

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Old 2016-07-05, 4:25pm
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Messy! Never thought to check for cracks. Guess I've been lucky. Although the cat jumped up on the counter chasing a mousie and knocked my pickle pot over, happily just a small one, what a mess-happily I had lots of baking soda.

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Old 2016-07-05, 4:27pm
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Wow! I've had my picklepot (@2 cup size) going on and off for eight or nine years. BUT I've drained it and cleaned it regularly, too. Half the time it dries out in the crock before I'm done with it. (Everything dries out here in startlingly short periods of time.)

I WILL inspect it for cracks more carefully from now on, though!
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Old 2016-07-05, 4:33pm
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I think for this one, it had done a few years in the kitchen before I repurposed it. So I reckon the issue arises with used ones, particularly old ones, as well as storing the solution in it long-term. I did wonder though about the sharp rod ends scratching the coating enough to compromise it.
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Old 2016-07-05, 5:55pm
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I suspect damage to the glaze is the issue.

I pickup the cheap 2 cup size around thanksgiving/ Christmas
But have yet to use real pickle and leave it for any length of time.
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Old 2016-07-05, 7:33pm
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Can I ask, why do you pickle your glass? I use it when I solder silver, but I've never heard of pickling my glass rods....

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Old 2016-07-05, 7:40pm
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A lovely deep clean.
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Old 2016-07-05, 9:28pm
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That kind of cleaning can make what seems to be really crappy glass almost useable Steve.

When you have glass that has machine oil on it from the manufacturing process just wiping it with a towel wetted with even alcohol just loosens stuff on the surface but often does not actually remove it all, especially from scratches or nicks.

The pickling pulls stuff of the glass and chemically changes the surface tension of oils so it lets go of the glass.


At least I think that is what is going on.

And you can clean a lot at once as long you don't let the colors get mixed up.

Its not bad at removing label gum as well.
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Old 2016-07-07, 4:13pm
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The link went to you FB page. I scrolled a bit and didn't see the explanation. Should I have scrolled farther?
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Old 2016-07-07, 4:19pm
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Hmmm if you clicked the link in the body of the OP, it should go straight to the album, which is public. The info is at the top of the album, above the pics.
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Old 2016-07-07, 5:52pm
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Interesting, it doesn't. Maybe I need to be on a PC. I'm on my tablet.
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Old 2016-07-07, 6:04pm
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Yeah, that is weird...

Here's a copy/paste of the blurb...

CAUTION! Don't Be Tempted to Recycle an Old Crockpot for Pickle.
Updated on Sunday
... For any length of time, at least.
I didn't need this crockie anymore, so I used it to pickle my entire stash of glass rods.
Worked a treat - just needed to turn the bundles so both ends got a cleaning.
I figured that since the pickle would last for ages, I'd just leave it all in there until I needed to do more glass.
That was about six months ago.
This week I discovered a mineral deposit on the desk where I'd stored the pot.
Looking a bit closer, I realised what had happened. The crock was quietly seeping!

Sure enough, there were hairline cracks in the crock which allowed a very slow drip of pickle through the ceramic, and into the bottom of the cooker body. Worse, it was leaking out via the power outlet.
The photos show the damage and the effects. And the last shot is the aftermath of the baking soda reaction while getting it ready for disposal.
That stuff, after all this time, was still extremely potent.
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