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Old 02-11-2018, 09:17 PM
EdgarLopez EdgarLopez is offline
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I only do etank,I have good stainless steel plates on a 32 gal drum,I have a good battery charger,I don't need to waste more time( money )to clean any piece
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:57 PM
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I only do etank,I have good stainless steel plates on a 32 gal drum,I have a good battery charger,I don't need to waste more time( money )to clean any piece
Gottcha. I don't have a battery charger nor stainless steel plates, but I do have Citric Acid, thus the asking. But yeah, E-tank sounds to be the best process for this.

Stainless Steel plates? I'm seeing some things online saying that they don't recommend stainless... either because it takes longer or it can create something toxic? Not sure. But curious as to why you're using stainless.

Also, thanks again to everyone for answering all my questions! Keep the help comin!
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:10 PM
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Perusing some of the topics on the main website might go a long way towards clarifying some of the things often seen repeated online which aren't necessarily true.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:45 AM
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Perusing some of the topics on the main website might go a long way towards clarifying some of the things often seen repeated online which aren't necessarily true.
Wait a tick, read the actual website and learn for myself?!? You must be joking!

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Old 02-17-2018, 09:18 PM
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Etank with stainless plates here.
It definitely works well for cutting through carbon and rust buildup. I'm using a lye tank now prior to electrolysis as it keeps the grunge in the etNk to a minimum. I've found a few days in the lye tank eats most crud right off. A vigorous rub and, at most, a couple of overnights in the etank.
Pretty much like new iron is the result. Of course, there is much vigorous scrubbing with stainless pads and wire brushes in between said tankings.
Either way, season your choice and start using!
Btw, stainless plates are for ease of maintenance. A simple hose off and maybe a light brushing removes any build up. I've been using mine straight through for over a month and dozens of pieces and am just now seeing very minimal wear on the stainless plates.
Will never use anything else.
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:22 AM
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Etank with stainless plates here.
It definitely works well for cutting through carbon and rust buildup. I'm using a lye tank now prior to electrolysis as it keeps the grunge in the etNk to a minimum. I've found a few days in the lye tank eats most crud right off. A vigorous rub and, at most, a couple of overnights in the etank.
Pretty much like new iron is the result. Of course, there is much vigorous scrubbing with stainless pads and wire brushes in between said tankings.
Either way, season your choice and start using!
Btw, stainless plates are for ease of maintenance. A simple hose off and maybe a light brushing removes any build up. I've been using mine straight through for over a month and dozens of pieces and am just now seeing very minimal wear on the stainless plates.
Will never use anything else.
How thick are the plates that you're using?
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Old 02-18-2018, 07:31 PM
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About 1/8 maybe 3/16 inch. A real bear to bend to fit the inside of the drum. Ended up using my truck and the curb. That worked!
Got two plates about 16x16 and two 3/8 rods two feet long for $32 at the local metal recycler. Prob could have gotten cheaper in another nearby town, but convenience means a lot.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:25 PM
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About 1/8 maybe 3/16 inch. A real bear to bend to fit the inside of the drum. Ended up using my truck and the curb. That worked!
Got two plates about 16x16 and two 3/8 rods two feet long for $32 at the local metal recycler. Prob could have gotten cheaper in another nearby town, but convenience means a lot.
Thanks, Bill. Just finished my e-tank, and right now, I'm using a smashed coffee can as an anode. I'm intending to use 1/8" stainless plates so was curious about how well that thickness would work.

Oh, and "convenience" does mean a lot.

Bill
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:22 PM
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I had ss non magnetic and didn't last too long,I switch to magnetic plates and I use my etank last year 24/7 I cleaned approximately 250 pcs and I never clean the plates, nor change the solution and the last skillet I cleaned only needed 24hrs,after all those skillets I decided to change the solution and found out like 10 Inches of rust,paint,cement,crud,and sand,I scooped it out it was more than 2--5Galons bucket,the plates had visible marks,Two little holes like 5/16,I cleaned the plates real easy only took me 5 minutes,repurposed the plates around the tank and good to go for an other year,I already cleaned 55 skillets and still working like the first day.I have like 1/16 thick,16 inches high and around the 32 gal Rubbermaid trash can with 10 Amp charger
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