I recently tested my battery and dct tank and carto on an up to date meter. No measurable amount of radiation was detected. I have an apollo v tube. Thats not to say other materials such as metals and mesh cannot emit radiation because they can.. Richard 75 if you meter fiesta ware from the early days maybe sixties or seventies they will still make a meter go crazy. the story of radium and radiation is a very thrilling one starting with mary curie a story of love betrayal and death everyone should read about it.But anyway if someone has any concerns about mods or cartos and detects radiation please let us know thanks..
I was assuming that this story was a joke... at least I hope it was. Not because I'm worried about radioactive mods, but I'm worried about scientific ignorance. Radioactive fiestaware resulted from the glaze, which (sometimes) contained uranium oxide. Even then, it was only ever applied to ceramic. No metal or base material used to make mods (or bowls, for that matter) have been unstable enough to decay. So unless someone starts making mods out of Cobalt-60, I'm thinking we're fine.
Originally Posted by redeme
In rereading the first post, I'd also like to throw out there that contamination of a metal has happened, but really only after recycling (gone wrong). And it's rare enough that I'm not worried about it.
Last edited by Richard75; 04-22-2013 at 06:08 PM.
I'm not worried about the mods themselves I would be more worried about the mesh used in rebuildables.i don't have one or the mesh and I'm not making any claims but like I stated previously mesh wicks in gas lanterns are radioactive and can have significant readings.i don't even know if its the same stuff or if its radioactive. But I'm interested to know. That was my immediate thought when I first read the post.
Steel being infinitely recyclable, always had this problem of contamination. But since the 80's in the US, every high volume scrap yard has been looking out for contaminated steel. They do so because the smelter is absolutely doing so. As you can imagine, it saves them a ton of money in the long run to NOT produce contaminated steels. "Cleaning a smelter of radioactive material that was erroneously melted inside can cost a company up to $53 million and disrupt production for a week".
The world is paying a big price, now that American steel is no longer controlling the market. American and Japanese steel is the best and cleanest. Germany used to be the best, but they started buying scrap-steel from India and now radiated steel is the number one problem they face!
"More than 120 shipments of contaminated goods, including cutlery, buckles and work tools such as hammers and screwdrivers, were denied U.S. entry between 2003 and 2008 after customs and the Department of Homeland Security boosted radiation monitoring at borders." It's easy to imagine, that in other countries, shipping containers full of radio active product AREN'T being turned away, and then those items are sold in smaller batches to us. ???
The growing global threat of radioactive scrap metal
Brass, a bigger concern?
I love brass. It's one of my favorite alloys. But I've learned that it usually has up to 2% lead in it. Do you want a brass drip-tip now? If you do, then you have already damaged your brain evidently!
I'm not scared of radio active steels. What I'd be afraid of is leaded brass. Brass is big in the e-cig world and getting bigger. Leaded brass is everywhere and virtually undetectable by the lay person. It's truly disgusting. I try and stay away from ALL brass if it is on something to be handed daily.
Nice thread BTW, THX!
as far as i understand, it wasn't all glazes on the fiestaware that had uranium oxide - only certain yellows which used the uranium oxide gave off a radioactive signature.
Originally Posted by Richard75
uranium oxide was also used in metal/jewelry enamels during that time too, and as vitreous enamels and ceramic glazes are very similar in makeup (specialized smelted ground glass with various minerals/chemicals comprising them to produce particular colors), it could be slightly possible, however extremely unlikely, to have a mod that was enameled using this uranium yellow enamel, and this mod would certainly set off a geiger counter... lol
my ex-wife is a formally trained enamelist, and i used to work for a manufacturer of modern vitreous enamel powders. this uranium yellow enamel may as well be called 'unobtanium', and believe it or not, any remains of this unfired enamel powder, even though it hasn't been manufactured in 50+ years, is highly coveted by art and jewelry enamelers for its unparalleled yellow color which has been almost impossible to duplicate with contemporary vitreous enamel manufacturing processes.
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