For sure, I understood what you meant. For operations that dont mind warehousing multiple pallets it will be better that way. Every time a pallet gets broken down and resold it adds time, labor, shipping costs even between end users sharing media. So theres a bulk landed price, and then there’s a distributed model.
B80 is literally dug out of the ground and put into bags. Doesnt get much cheaper than that from a production standpoint.
I was pointing out that there are various forms of “opaline silica” and that some of them are hazardous. You know that in this industry people will google a term and buy the cheapest version of a product to save on costs. If that version isn’t what the correct media is then it’s worth knowing the risks, right?
we’ve been using acetone washed ultra fine play sand. Wash it in warm acetone, Buchner and then vac oven at 200F overnight. Works as good as celite 545 is reusable if you wash it after use and doesn’t cost anything in comparison to how pricy celite 545 is when it’s not reusable. Also won’t slip past your filter paper if you don’t have a stainless micron filter yet. I usually load the sand under vacuum as well by pulling a vacuum on the bottom of the column when I load it, don’t pack it too hard or it will limit your flow rate.
Also it’s super useful for heating and dissolving shitty oil into it before you run it through CRC, I found it to be the easiest way to do it and when you’re done you just unbolt the portion containing your sand for washing and reuse later. I’ve seen absolutely no loss of yield to the sand, it’s not an effective adsorbent and I have not seen anything to suggest it holds on to anything when it’s blasted, always washes clean after the first time.
Just something I thought could be helpful I use it but If anyone has a reason not to use sand, I’d be all ears if it’s harmful or something.
I deleted the post after asking Photon if he wanted me to delete it after our conversation. Also, that SDS that had me spooked was for opaline silica from a different manufacturer…if you read the original post content you would remember that I said anything other than amorphous would be hazardous.
Some retailers are selling talc for PR, some are selling ground up quartz as filter aid. I was trying to avoid a mad dash for a new product based on google searches alone.
But I’m not gonna argue about supply chain with you. I apologize for taking an alarmist approach before talking to photon. Supplying this community with the right absorbents is kinda of what we do. I didnt intend on trying to steal the spotlight from this development…Photon has revolutionized this game from water clear distillate onwards and will always be the patron saint of cannabis oil processing.