Very possible, but you won't pass a GMP/FDA audit without that certificate of analysisI watched a 'Naked and Afraid' TV show last week, and a gal made lye from the burnt ashes from their fire. Is this even possible?
I have a pile of the white ash from my charcoal grill that I have collecting for years. The pile is slightly sheltered from the rain. Just charcoal briquettes. No self respecting weed will grow there.
Is that a source to make lye?
Technically, lye is sodium hydroxide (NaOH). There is nothing a person can do to turn lye into potash or potassium hydroxide (KOH).This lye can then be boiled down to make potash. A fertilizer.
The potash can be cooked in a kiln to make pearl ash. Colonial leavening for quick bread.
Keyword: Hard wood. Soft woods might work, but would take much more ash and boiling down...ayeup..
Sorry, but this cracked me up ~ every fella's dream, bacon scented soapAs everyone said, yep.
I've made it from saved bacon drippings and ash before. Turns out great.
But its not from the charcoal, its from the white ash. The charcoal doesn't contribute.
You read my mind. I knew it was in a Foxfire book, but didn't know which one.As in k in gs fud? Such briquettes are made from soft coal, petrolium products and some wood shavings. Very little of it is actually wood.
I'd say no but could be wrong.
There is a good description in the Foxfire 1 book.
I remember seeing it done when I was a very small child... so small about all I remember is ash from hickory trees. I don't remember the process.
I know its in FoxFire #1 cause I checked my copy. If I'm not mistaken its covered again in one of the later books in the series much more in depth. I have another unrelated book that covers it but I can't remember which one. It's not in the two books shelves in my livingrm so it has to be in one of my storage totes.You read my mind. I knew it was in a Foxfire book, but didn't know which one.
Where and when I went to HS, we got Deer Day and Elk Day off from school which was opening day of each hunting season. Then we cleaned the wood shop top to bottom and covered the tables and learned to cut and wrap critters - at school! That's a skill I use to this day. Can you imagine "arming" students today with saws and knives? (We didn't make lye or soap at school though.)this is how times have changed. when i was in elementary school we made lye out in school parking lot. we burnt up a bunch of wood and then used it to get the lye. thats been many decades ago and dont remember a thing other than we made it. i used homemade lye soap until i was 10 or 11 and then we stopped making it.it was pretty harsh on skin from what i remember...or what we made was...lol..not sure if it took dirt off or first layer of skin or both...roflmao
can you imagine doing lye in today school setting? no way...!! we had school tractor and our own chainsaws as well.