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Bushlore Topics => Country and Rural Living Skills => Topic started by: randyt on April 30, 2017, 04:24:57 PM

Title: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: randyt on April 30, 2017, 04:24:57 PM
I recently ended up with 50 lbs of free lye, just put it in a 5 gallon bucket for safe keeping.  Our office lady started making soap and was buying lye from ebay by the pound. I'm thinking 5 to 6 bucks a pound. Anyhoo one of our suppliers told me they sold lye by the 50 pound bag for 35 dollars. So I told her and she ordered a bag. When the bag came it was all mangled up, looked really terrible, had some spray foam in a crease.  She called them and wanted to exchange it for a nice looking bag of lye. I was talking to one of their salesmen and told them I would buy it from them and he ended up giving it to me.

Not sure what I'll do with 50 pounds of lye but I have already cleared one drain with it.

it's great for de-greasing
making soap
clearing drains
my granddad mixed it with ammonium nitrate and made a hot niter blue for firearms

beats the heck out of those small bottles of drain opening lye at the hardware. 
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: wolfy on April 30, 2017, 04:42:49 PM
You used to be able to buy cans of lye in every grocery store in the country, but I guess the process of cooking meth uses lye, too.  Guess what?  It is now almost impossible to find lye for those that have legitimate uses for it.  I have no doubt that the meth cookers have found substitutes or other ways of arriving at the same conclusion. :stir:    Keep an eye out for black helicopters, randy! :lol:
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: randyt on April 30, 2017, 04:57:50 PM
LOL, there is still a lot of soap makers out there. The same supplier years back gave me some 55 gallon drums. With in these drums there was still about 3 gallons of acetone. I poured it into some big jars and used it up making ed's red. Really need a airtight lid for acetone, it evaporates away otherwise. If I live to be a hundred I'll be one smart feller, I learn this stuff the hard way.
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: xj35s on April 30, 2017, 05:01:25 PM
Isn't it also body geter ridder of'er
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: randyt on April 30, 2017, 05:03:03 PM
probably is but quick lime is the go to
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: wolfy on April 30, 2017, 05:11:47 PM
I believe that there are some brands of stump-dissolving chemical that are nothing more than pure lye, also.  Big-box lumber and hardware stores carry it. :coffee:
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: crashdive123 on April 30, 2017, 06:07:23 PM
probably is but quick lime is the go to

You said that like you have a lot of experience.   :shocked:
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: randyt on April 30, 2017, 06:11:55 PM
seen it on the sopranos
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: hunter63 on April 30, 2017, 06:50:54 PM
seen it on the sopranos

.....Yeah....Riiiig ht....
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: 1066vik on April 30, 2017, 08:17:59 PM
who's the supplier?
my wife makes soap, too - and that beats the $6 a pound she's been paying hands down!
Title: Re: 50 lbs of granulated lye
Post by: randyt on April 30, 2017, 08:54:30 PM
I'm in northern michigan. the supplier is Great lakes pipe supply in gaylord. I doubt they would ship