Solvent Reports

  1. Solvent Reports

    This may be useful for some chemists:

    Synonyms - Dimethyl Ketone
    Formula - CH3 CO CH3
    B.P. - 56.5║ C
    Density - .792 g/ml

    Klean Strip« Acetone
    Purchased: 1 qt can
    At: hardware store - paint section
    Amount distilled: 500 ml
    30-35░ aprox 5 ml unable to identify
    57░ 485ml Acetone
    last 10 ml evaporated. Left oily residue that smelled 'industrial' like compressor oil
    Rating: GOOD - Should distill first

    Zip-Strip Acetone
    Purchased:1 Gal. Can
    At: Sears Hardware Store - may be discontinued soon
    Amount Distilled:800ml
    Very Clean!! The cleanest I have tested so far. Of course your can could differ and you should distill anyway. Last 5 ml evaporated for residue check. Approx. last 1 ml was aromatic but evaporated. About 1 drop of oily residue was left.
    Rating: VERY GOOD - Should distill first

    Methyl Ethyl Ketone
    Synonyms - MEK, 2-Butanone
    Formula - CH3 CO C2H5
    B.P. - 79.6║ C
    Density - .805 g/ml

    Zip-Strip MEK
    Purchased:1 Qt Can
    At:Sears Hardware Store
    Amount Distilled:1 Qt.
    With about 50ml left, color started to get darker (brownish red). Temperature started to rise with about 10ml left. Water azeotrope boils lower so it was something else. Last 8ml evaporated. At 5ml it was almost all aromatic (Toluene?). Left about 5 drops oily reddish residue. Rating: Good - Must distill first

    Petroleum Ether
    Synonyms - Petroleum Spirits, Petroleum Distillates, Ligroine
    Formula - N/A (Mixture of compounds)
    B.P. 20-80║
    Density - N/A

    Ozark Trail« Camp Fuel
    Purchased:1 Gal Can
    At: Wal-Mart
    Amount Distilled: 1500 ml
    35░ aprox 50 ml (probably n-Penatne)
    69░ aprox 1000 ml (probably n-Hexane)
    74░ aprox 200 ml
    80-120░ aprox 250 ml
    Last 3-5 ml would not distill. Solidified to Vaseline like grease upon cooling
    Rating: GOOD - Should distill first

    Coleman« Lantern Fuel
    Purchased:1 Gallon Can
    At:Camping Store - $4.98
    Amount Distilled:100ml
    69░ Aprox 10 ml Hexane - smelled perfumy
    Rest was higher fractions
    Left dark blue/green oil which solidified to Vaseline consistency on cooling
    Rating: POOR - Do not use

    Ronsonol« Lighter Fluid
    Address:Woodbridge, NJ
    Purchased:12 oz. bottle
    At:Grocery Store - $3.69
    Amount Distilled:-
    Had a yellow tint - possibly from the bottle
    115░ First fraction started
    Due to high b.p. I did not continue
    Rating: POOR Due to high b.p. would be hard to evaporate to dryness

    Klean Strip« V,M&P Naphtha
    Purchased:1 Qt. Can
    At:Hardware Store - Paint section
    Amount Distilled:-
    No fraction until 130║ - Didn't bother
    Rating: POOR Due to high b.p. would be hard to evaporate to dryness

    Methyl Alcohol
    Synonyms - Methanol, Wood Alcohol
    Formula - CH3 OH
    B.P. - 64.7║ C
    Density - .792 g/ml

    HEET« Gas Line Antifreeze
    Purchased:4 Pack of 12oz bottles
    At:Walmart - $3.59
    Amount Distilled:500 ml
    Methyl Alcohol distilled over nicely
    Last 10 ml evaporated left slightly oily residue
    Rating: GOOD - Should distill first

    Ethyl Alcohol
    Synonyms - Ethanol, Grain Alcohol
    Formula - CH3 CH2 OH
    B.P. - 78.5║ C (95% azeotrope - 78.2░)
    Density - .789 g/ml

    Everclear« Grain Alcohol
    Purchased:750 ml
    At:Liquor Store / mail order
    Amount Distilled:N/A
    Does not need to be distilled
    Rating: Excelent - Use for tinctures

    Klean Strip« Denatured Alcohol
    Purchased:1 qt. Can
    At:Hardware Store - Paint section
    Amount Distilled:1 qt.
    Distills over nicely
    Left oily residue
    Rating: GOOD - Should distill first ***DO NOT USE FOR TINCTURES - Must be fully evaporated from final product

  2. Very good post, karma for you're right, chemist friendly...

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