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hellbilly075
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject: Quick brain tan question Reply with quote

For all you tanners out there I gotta question, does charcoal ( from the BBQ grill) have enough lye to soak the hide in to help make the hair slip? I was thinnkin about burning a 20 lb bag to use. It's hard to get lye here cause of the friggin meth heads. Or is there some thing else that's cheap to help make the hair slip? Its not cool enough to fire up the wood stove and it's too dry to burn outside, thanks all... Eric
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Doug R.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put it in a plastic garbage can full of water for a few days. Check it regularly until the hair starts to slip.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used water with bleach in it. Seems to do the trick and should have no effects on the hide.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charcoal brickets, no, because they are (iirc) an asphalt product, but if you used straight hardwood for a fire in your grill (cheaper than hardwood charcoal) and gathered the ashes, that would work. The "lye" from ashes is sodium hydroxide, that used in hard-soap and from drain unclogger is potassium hydroxide.

FYI you can find lye for soap on eBay, and it's without adulterants that one often finds in lye at the hardware store.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also get food grade lye on Amazon.com. Not real expensive. That is what I use to make soap if I'm doing a large batch.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott,

Cane we have your soap recipe/formula please?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure Dave. It's at home, but I'll post it as soon as I can. Got a new grandson staying at the house this week so it could be a bit. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you are Dave:

Lye Soap

Tools Needed
•2 enamel or heat-resistant glass containers
•12 oz. lye
•3 cups water
•Plastic or wood spoon (lye will destroy a wooden spoon after awhile)
•2 glass candy thermometers
•3 lbs. lard
•Cardboard box lined with wax paper, old wooden coke crate, or soap mold

Fill an enamel or heat-resistant glass container with three cups of water.

I suggest protective clothing, gloves and goggles. Pour 12 oz. of lye into the water very slowly. Stir with a heat-resistant wooden or plastic utensil to dissolve the lye in the water. Do not lean over the container or inhale the fumes. The water and lye will become extremely hot.

Monitor the temperature of the lye with a glass candy thermometer. Let the lye cool to 110 degrees.

Heat 3 lbs. lard in a non-aluminum saucepan or other heat-resistant container over low heat. Monitor the temperature with a second glass candy thermometer. The lard should also cool to a temperature of 110 degrees.

Pour the lye into a second container with 3 lbs. of lard. Stir as you combine with a second, clean plastic or wooden utensil.

Stir the lye and lard mixture continuously until it has thickened to the trace state. This should take approximately 15 minutes. (You can add fragrances at this point if you like. Peppermint oil is good.) When a spoonful of the mixture is lifted, it will leave a line, or "trace," on top of the solution as it is drizzled over top.

Pour the solution into a soap mold or plastic dishpan measuring about 10-by-12 inches.

Let the soap set for 24 hours. Cut it into bars and remove from the pan. Leave the bars in a cool, dry place to harden for another three weeks before use.

Easy as can be. Sometimes the soap won't set up. You can melt it slowly back to liquid and stir more, then repeat cooling/cutting process. Enjoy!

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