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Post  akjgardner on Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:35 pm

My Daughter got me a small crockpot for cleaning my engines. My question..... Are the fumes from the antifreeze harmful or do I need to take it outside and what temperature should I cook them at?
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Re: Crockpot Question

Post  andrew on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:17 pm

Placing it in a well ventilated area outside of the house proper is the safest.  I use mine in the garage since it's closed off from the rest of the house and I can crack the garage door if any odor builds up.  I set the heat to where it's hot to the touch -- probably in the 130° to 160° range -- you don't want it to boil at all.  I use full strength antifreeze (NOT the environmentally safe brand).  It will attack some plastics and can cause discoloration of aluminum if left too long, so check regularly.


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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:34 pm

What Andrew said. But I have let mine boil however unintended with no ill effects. On badly soiled engines I have found that it takes 6-8 hours in the pot to do an acceptable job, lightly dirty engines around 4-6 works well. It works wonders to unstick parts and take-down screws. Almost common place for me anymore to heat before disassembly, no more stripped or hogged out screw heads.

I avoid the fumes, but with a wind shift I have smelled them. Not nice but nothing the typical gas station jockey hasn't inhaled before.
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Post  akjgardner on Fri Dec 25, 2015 5:55 pm

Thanks for the help guys
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Re: Crockpot Question

Post  Mark Boesen on Fri Dec 25, 2015 7:41 pm

I once left a grungey Fox .35 in the cockpit overnight on high, turned it a cool army green color!
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Post  getback on Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:00 am

Way to go Joe , I have been tring to find me a small /cheap crock for cleaning with no success yet , Bob (rsv1cox) is the master from what I have seen a bring basket cases back to as new condition as I 've seen Santa getback Babe Bee .049
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:38 am

getback wrote:Way to go Joe , I have been tring to find me a small /cheap crock for cleaning with no success yet , Bob (rsv1cox) is the master from what I have seen a bring basket cases back to as new condition as I 've seen Santa  getback Babe Bee .049

Yeah, I'm the master disaster Eric. Smile

I found mine in a flea market for $3.00
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Post  akjgardner on Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:58 am

getback wrote:Way to go Joe , I have been tring to find me a small /cheap crock for cleaning with no success yet , Bob (rsv1cox) is the master from what I have seen a bring basket cases back to as new condition as I 've seen Santa  getback Babe Bee .049
Eric, My Daughter got this one at wallmart for 8 bucks.


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Re: Crockpot Question

Post  andrew on Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:07 am

I forgot to mention that you don't need to dump the antifreeze after one use. It's good until it starts to get pretty grungy. After use, I just skim off anything that might be floating on top of the liquid then store the remainder in the pot with the lid on. The old formula antifreeze apparently has a sweet flavor and is attractive to pets, so make sure that dogs and cats cannot get access --- it's pretty deadly.
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Post  akjgardner on Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:32 am

andrew wrote:I forgot to mention that you don't need to dump the antifreeze after one use.  It's good until it starts to get pretty grungy.  After use, I just skim off anything that might be floating on top of the liquid then store the remainder in the pot with the lid on.  The old formula antifreeze apparently has a sweet flavor and is attractive to pets, so make sure that dogs and cats cannot get access --- it's pretty deadly.
Thanks Andrew
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Re: Crockpot Question

Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:36 pm

I used the crook pot method a lot to clean up swap meet "jewels". You can find them at good will or salvation army for a few bucks, works great, just don't forget you left them in there!
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Post  getback on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:04 am

I will have to check those places out , wal mart is out of stock at 8.97 . Thanks Mark , O hey do you leave the lid on while cooking ? getback Very Happy
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Re: Crockpot Question

Post  andrew on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:48 am

The Rival 2 quart pot ($8.96) is the one I use. I like the small pot since it holds most any engine and takes less antifreeze -- you need enough to ensure everything is covered.

I leave the top on -- it fits loosely enough that vapor can escape, but seems to hold the odor down (I don't mind the smell of antifreeze, however). Since I have animals, I also don't have to worry about them or the neighbor's getting into it.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:44 pm

Yes, leave lid on and use in well vented area, fumes are toxic.
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Post  akjgardner on Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Thanks for all the help guys, Got a couple cooking as we speak
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