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Old 02-09-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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I came into possession of a large stainless kettle. The previous owner informed that at one time there was a hornets nest in it. To get rid of them he used an ortho wasp and hornet killer. Do I need to take extra steps to make sure I remove all the poison?


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Old 02-09-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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How large? If its not pretty big I probably wouldn't risk it. You could probably research and find out what sort of residue it leaves and what it is soluable in. I would probably bleach and or vinegar boil in it. Then starsan.


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Old 02-09-2009, 09:20 PM   #3
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Try not to use bleach, that can pit the SS. I'd boil PBW in it, then scrub the hell out of it with Bar Keepers Friend, followed by another PBW boiling.

Maybe contact Ortho and see what they recommend?
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:23 PM   #4
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Boiling PBW will not be the most effective. Anything over 170 and you degrade the cleaner. Other than that, I am with Derrin.
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Boiling PBW will not be the most effective. Anything over 170 and you degrade the cleaner. Other than that, I am with Derrin.

I didn't know that. In that case; A 170* hold with PBW .....
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Even if you washed it 20 times prior to your first use, would you be able to get it out of your head that your friend probably shot a half can of ortho into it? And now your beer is in there. I'd pass on it because I'd always be wondering...

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:28 PM   #7
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How big is it?
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:41 PM   #8
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Just clean it and use it or Send it to me I 'll use it.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:55 PM   #9
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I don't care if there was Fing plutonium in that kettle... you never give up on it. Hot PBW or Oxyclean soak and a scrubbing with a 3M pad sounds about right. Then I'd boil some plain clean water as a rinse.
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Many pesticides aren't water soluble. After the PBW scrub I'd give it a good rinse with ethanol (evereclear) followed by a rinse in acetone (nail-polish remover). And because I'm not sure what kind of other stuff they put in nail polish cleaner, follow that with a good rinse in water. That will remove just about any remaining residue.


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