[meteorite-list] Silica Gel Drying
From: Michael Blood <mlblood_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:49:02 2004
Boy, do I stand corrected - good info to have - I wondered
why my butter still melted in the middle when I was just
trying to bring it to room temperature!
Thanks for the info.
-- FERNLEA4_at_aol.com wrote: > > In a message dated 21/09/01 23:01:08 GMT Daylight Time, mlblood_at_home.com > writes: > > << I can tell y'all are not cheffs! >> > > This is very true......I've been known to burn the cornflakes. > > << Most microwave ovens have > the ability to set the degree of heating capacity prior to setting > the timer. Typically, there is a "defrost" setting - which is typically > 50% of full power - but normally, you can also choose the > % of power, from 10% to 90% in 10% incraments (100% > is what you get if you DON'T set it otherwise). A little > experimenting here would prove usefull. >> > > The power setting on a standard microwave can be a bit misleading, because > it's not actually reducing the power output in real time.....during > operation, it is either fully on, or fully off, with nothing in between. What > the power setting does is to vary the "on" TIME against the "off" time, > giving longer or shorter burst of microwaves into the oven itself. For > instance, power level 9 is on all the time, while power level 5 could be on > for 10 seconds and then off for 10 seconds.....level 1 may be on for 5 > seconds and off for 15 seconds, and so on. The table continues to rotate and > the internal light stays on throughout, giving the impression that it's still > cooking, but the microwaves are actually cycled on and off. If you're cooking > on a low power setting, you'll hear a "clunk" every few seconds as the > microwaves are turned on and off. > Those little beads/granules of silica gel desiccant need to release their > water vapour without damaging their microporous structure.....if they get > blasted with microwaves, there's a strong risk that the water vapour will be > evaporated and expand faster than it can escape, and burst those microscopic > pores in the process. > Use an oven, it's much more controllable and safer. > > Anyone interested in the recipe for Haggis a la Microwave? ;-) > > Cheers, > Rob. > > http://fernlea.tripod.com/forsale.html > Fernlea Meteorites, > The Wynd, > Off Dickson Lane, > Milton of Balgonie, > Fife. KY7 6PY > United Kingdom > Tel: +44-(0)1592-751563 > Fax: +44-(0)1592-751991 > Email: fernlea4_at_aol.com -- My friend in NJ photographed & compiled the following outstanding 5 pages of photos of the disaster, the heros and the healing in NY: http://www.notkin.net/disaster.htm -- Those who desire to give up Freedom in order to gain Security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. ...Thomas Jefferson -- Michael Blood Meteorites for sale at: http://www.meteorite.com/Michael_Blood/catalog.htmReceived on Fri 21 Sep 2001 08:41:23 PM PDT