View Full Version : Important info about Ether

10-28-2017, 09:29 AM
Its good to know that ether is in fact, much more dangerous than I originally thought, and I originally thought it was in the EXTREME zone.

Turns out; its more in the SUPER EXTREME zone, and this is why.

Do you have a bottle of ether? How long have you had it? How long has it been opened? Ether has a tendancy to oxadize when air gets into the bottle. This causes Hydrogen Peroxide, something about the two of these are very bad; and can cause MEGA explosions.

To clarify; if you have a bottle of ether, it is standard laboratory practise to discard the ether after six months. Some labs hold their bottles for a year. I've had mine a year and used it the other day and didnt die; however, tomorrow I will be doing something about the ether I have, as I just realized it could be a ticking timebomb.

If you look into your ether bottle, and you see crystals; your in some serious shit, and are going to need proffessional assistance in order to dispose of that bottle. DO NOT open or shake the bottle if you see crystals. Carefully walk away, and make the tough call to get in the bomb squad. Better dealing with whatever punishment they give you (??) than to cremate yourself in an instant.

Also, ether can ignite from the static electricity from the action of pouring it out of the bottle ALONE. Yes. The shit can spontaneously combust in your face without warning. From now on, I will be ordering smaller bottles of ether, as a two litre bottle is just a death sentence waiting to happen.

Furthermore; ether is heavier than air, it will literally crawl along the ground and hunt for ignition points, such as a powerpoint or electric appliance.

Are we starting to grt an idea of how seriously dangerous this chemical is? Good; cause we arnt finished.

Ether can knock you out. It can make you unconscious is a matter of a few moments; if you spill a bottle, evacuate, do not try and clean it up; you could die.

All in all; less is more; If you guys never hear from me again, irs because I died trying to separate my ether into smaller bottles.

Andro; how old is your bottle of ether? Something to consider. Regards.

10-29-2017, 06:14 PM
Thanks for the important information about Ether ‘souring’ into an explosive mixture Elixirmixer. Warning appreciated.

10-30-2017, 01:23 PM
Excellent informations.

Also, never let your ether in the fridge, otherwise it can leak as vapours, and ignite with the light of the fridge when you open it. And... explosion.

BTW, ether is "just" a super solvent, made very easily :

Pour Oil of Vitriol (sulfuric acid) over purified Spiritus Vini. And let distill at a very slow temerature. You get ether.

10-30-2017, 04:53 PM
I believe using one of those containers with a valve on the bottom would be better for storing ether.


This way, air is practically prevented from entering the bottle and reacting with the ether, if we suppose the top opening is hermetically sealed.

10-31-2017, 02:56 AM
Aether has no measurable density, and is not capable of being trapped. It permeates all things, including the so called "container" of which you think you have it trapped within. (the real aether)

10-31-2017, 03:32 AM
You are correct; when it is in its volatile state, however it can be fixed.

Also Archersage, the Ether we are talking about here is not aether; it is Di ethyl ether which is made from sulfuric acid and alcohol (as Mr. Sal has pointed out) a very powerful solvent; i accidently got a decent wiff of this once out the bottle and it quite literally felt like it was trying to dissolve my very soul. Seriously.

10-31-2017, 03:37 AM
Yes I know, that is why I put {the real aether} at the end ;p

10-31-2017, 03:45 AM
Yeah I thought that after I posted; sorry.

10-31-2017, 04:37 AM
Yes I know, that is why I put {the real aether} at the end ;p

Yes, the "real aether", a speculative concept that no one has actually ever seen, touched or had any other slightest shred of proof whatsoever that it's actually real in the first place.

10-31-2017, 04:39 AM
Why dont you just ask someone for a bottle of SM JDP?

Id give you one if I had it to give; and when I do; you'll be the first person I send a bottle too.

10-31-2017, 04:40 AM
Why dont you just ask someone for a bottle of SM JDP?

Id give you one if I had it to give; and when I do; you'll be the first person I send a bottle too.

You might as well be asking for a genie in a bottle ;)

PS: and I want mine to look like Barbara Eden! (when she was young)

10-31-2017, 04:57 AM
I asked her JDP but she said she couldnt be with someone who denied the existence of the ether. Sorry; how.about James Monroe Iglehart?

11-10-2017, 03:36 AM
So it appears that a safe way to distill ether is using the sun.

I placed a 1ltr round bottom flask on a retort, with a reflective water bag underneathe (like a mirror). I had my Ether/Oil of Egg solution in the flask and connected the flask straight into a gas trap/cold trap.

Over two days I allowed the sun to distill the ether, and I managed to salvage some of my ether. It appears that the ether would only condense as much as my cold trap was immersed in the water, once the ether reached the line where the container proturded from the water, it would not condense anymore, so I didnt get back as much yeild as I would of had the beaker I was trapping it in been fully submerged.

I did start with ice in the tray but that quickly melted and didnt seem to matter anyway, as long as the glass was in contact with water, it appeared to be enough.

Anyway, just a safe way to recover your ether, outside, without using much of a system or any electricity.

11-10-2017, 07:56 AM

It's not a good idea to recover or re-distil diethyl ether. Explosive peroxides can develop.
Better to evaporate off the ether.

11-10-2017, 11:48 PM
Ahhhh.. Thank you Andro, this is why I emboldened the word "appears"

Yes I suppose any process that exposes the ether to any significant amount of air would develop these nasties.

So then Andro, when you invest quite a large amount of ether to do an extraction, you just sacrifice the ether? Fair enough. Better safe then sorry I suppose. Ill dispose of the small amount I collected yesterday. Thanks again.