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    For the Metallurgists?

    Are brass fumes dangerous?

    Hypothetical question? If one were to smoke, let's say......tobacco, out of a a 9mm brass shell casing, would you get cancer or something?

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    There are many brasses. You'd have to be more specific. Cancer isn't something I'd be worried about, particularly. I'm not a metallurgist, but I've edited more than my share of environmental toxicology grants.

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    I am not a metallurgist, however I smoke tobacco pipes often, and from my understanding brass is an alloy made from zinc and copper, and heating brass, depending on the brass, can release zinc oxide fumes which are pretty dangerous. I don't think a lighter is going to be hot enough to cause that to happen, but I'm not 100% sure. I would play it safe and avoid it.

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    It's only a temporary solution but it got me thinking........wondering.........dreaming.......a h, never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Andy View Post
    I am not a metallurgist, however I smoke tobacco pipes often, and from my understanding brass is an alloy made from zinc and copper, and heating brass, depending on the brass, can release zinc oxide fumes which are pretty dangerous. I don't think a lighter is going to be hot enough to cause that to happen, but I'm not 100% sure. I would play it safe and avoid it.
    The main problem is that may brasses include lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    It's only a temporary solution but it got me thinking........wondering.........dreaming.......a h, never mind.
    What the hell are you up to this time?
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    A friend of mine broke part of his delicate pipe. He noticed that a 9mm shell casing fit perfectly into the "hole". (Because they're laying around) drilled a hole in it and realized it worked pretty good except the metallic taste.

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    I wouldn't worry about it, unless thou do that for the next few years, and every day.

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    Thou won't.

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    precise.

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