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December 30, 2011
I'm looking at buying a used rotary evaporator, because the price for a new device is quite steep for a hobby device. Now I was wondering whether that's a bad idea, considering the fact that there's a good chance they have been used to extract highly volatile chemical substances in a lab.
Is this really as unsafe as I think? Is there a reliable way to clean the glassware of such a second hand rotavap? How do the lab guys do this, since I guess they don't want to mix their chemicals with those from previous experiments either?
August 18, 2011
I used to work in an environmental lab and as much as I know cleaning the glassware thoroughly should be enough, I wouldn't trust a used rotovap. A good compromise may be to buy a used unit, then replace the glassware pieces that actually contact the food. Replacement glassware is always available as breakage is very common in lab environments and is much less expensive than the rotovap itself.
Depending on what you want to use it for, you can build your own! http://modernistcuisine.com/20…..-part-2/
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