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Old 01-07-2021, 08:22 PM
Todd Boring Todd Boring is offline
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I am planning to do my first lye bath. I've ordered 2 pounds of lye and I am planning to use an old parts washer that will allow me to do several CI pieces at once. Should I have any concerns with the water to lye ratio?
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:40 AM
Greg Brunett Greg Brunett is offline
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Default Re: Lye Bath Question

5 gallons of water to a pound of lye is about perfect. There is a great write up on here that details the process. I use a 13 gallon trash can with lid. I have had several skillets in it at a time. My mixture has cleaned well over 60 skillets and still works, but is starting to slow down.

http://www.castironcollector.com/lyebath.php
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Old 01-08-2021, 04:40 AM
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Default Re: Lye Bath Question

From the CIC article:

One pound of lye crystals per five gallons of water is the formula. Always add the lye to the water, never the reverse-- it will create a thermal reaction which can cause it to boil up and splash on you. Even when mixing and using lye properly, always use skin and eye protection, and protect clothing or wear clothes that it won't matter if some might drip on them.
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Old 01-09-2021, 03:09 PM
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Thank you both for the information. The size of my vessel should work well with the amount I have ordered. Was hoping to initiate the process this weekend but that may not happen until early next week.
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