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Chemistry equipment list?

Hello Fellow Instructablers!
      Its been a while since I have made a post but I am back with a burning question! 
I have a great interest in science and chemistry and always wanted to preform experiments seen on page of authors like Nurdrage for example. But I have never had the required equipment or chemicals to do these. I have taken a high school chemistry class and gotten my stuff down and now am prepared to take on the challenge of the lab. I have a birthday coming on on the 24th and my parents said if I wanted to get into chemistry I should ask for equipment and chemicals or what I need for my birthday.

     So I will, but I need help. From an experienced chemist or someone who has done this before. Can anyone give me a list of basic-intermediate lab equipment that is needed for most experiments? I don't want to get one of those chemistry kits for kids since those are so restricted and only let you do the experiments given to you, not very fun So I want to get free use equipment and chemicals for any procedure. But I have no idea what is needed most or least and would really appreciate it if someone were able to do this for me. Just in the comments or PM, have a list of stuff I should ask for if I wanted to kick start my chemistry, what that item is used for, the price and its frequency of use to determine what I should decide on if there were to be a conflict.

I would really appreciate any help I can get from you guys cause my birthday is coming up soon!
Thanks everyone!
~Ostomesto

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Kiteman3 years ago
You don't need a lot of specialist gear to do real science - the main thing is to make sure your containers and vessels are glass, get a decent set of scales and measuring cylinders, goggles, and a source of heat, such as a blow torch, spirit burner or hot-plate.

For chemicals, it really depends what you want to do - research what tests you want to do, and work from there.

See: http://www.instructables.com/id/Teachers-Resources-A-Guide-to-Kitchen-Chemistry/
ostomesto (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Alright well I have nothing but a couple nitrates from previous experiments. I need to know what kind of flasks, graduated cylinders, heaters, vacuum filters and so on that I need.
I checked out that page and it isn't quite like what I want, maybe more this level
http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/?sort=none&q=Nurdrage
and check his youtube too
youtube.com/nurdrage
If you know what you want, I would trawl eBay, or contact Nurdrage and ask (him?) directly.
ostomesto (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
I wish I knew what I needed but there is such an expansive list for the simplistic things I could never know without help. If I knew what I needed I would be scavenging eBay amazon and united nuclear for equipment all night.
I have sent Nurdrage a message on youtube but to no response and a patch here and if he is too respond with a thank you that will indicate he is still active and I can ask him then. But that is only if, no response yet :/
Start out with one "experiment" that you want to replicate. From there try to identify what is needed. You can substitute stuff as you go along. Rummage through the kitchen. A couple of glass jars, a measuring cup, some metal measuring spoons. glass stirring rod for drinks, a food scale maybe, a french press coffee maker, lots of things to improvise first. You gotta take stock of what chemicals you do have to work with. Common household items are chemicals to use or can be reacted to get what you need.
ostomesto (author)  caitlinsdad3 years ago
That's a good point, a lot of chemicals can be obtained locally or easily made. I do still need some sort of desiccator or vacuum. But I found a video showing how to make a simple distiller :D vials I discovered can be easily bought bulk or I can use jars like you mentioned as long as it isn't for some acids hat may eat the caps. Fume hood is outdoors I guess. One extremely necessary thing but extremely expensive is the stir heat plate, or even just a heat plate on its own
Any ideas? Thanks for the help with the other stuff too!
I think you are trying to jump into this thing without realizing what you can do with the basics. Do you have chem lab in school? Basic things are maybe an alcohol lamp or gas bunsen burner if you are lucky. A test tube rack, some test tubes, and test tube tongs. A couple of graduated or measuring cylinders, glass stirring rods and pipettes. A scale maybe. Heat is heat but you may want to do some controlled temperature experiments. Get some thermometers. A non-contact one is fun to use(cheap thermal gun at Harbor Freight) but more accurate ones should be the immersion alcohol/mercury type. Get an arduino with thermal probes for doing experiments in a styrofoam cooler. Those indoor/outdoor remote sensor home thermometers can be used. I think you got the "Kipkay" bug. You've seen something cool. Just get me all the stuff I need to replicate that same thing. Now. I feel you will be disappointed if you do not learn anything along the way by starting with more basic experiments and no fancy stuff. Then you will appreciate why someone invented a stir plate and why there are heated stir plates, why does an open jar not work, etc. And thus, that is what separates the makers from the wanna-be's. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
ostomesto (author)  caitlinsdad3 years ago
I know the basics can be used for a lot and I have been doing that for some time now. Although I agree when I first started this was inspired by a "I see that I want that" reaction I actually started to pursue it after that. Unlike some things I have seen where I see it and try to replicate, and like you said learning nothing from it. With this it was different. I found I had a great understanding and love for chemistry. So I continued with it. Over the years I have been doing basic reactions from jury rigged stands and light-bulbs for beakers. I remember melting ammonium nitrate to produce nitrous oxide as a gaseous oxidizer for a fun little burn propellant. Or making thermite from rusted steel wool in a hydrogen peroxide solution then having to grind it up in a mortar. Or the even messier half of the experiment using an old ball mill to make aluminum powder from cut up aluminum foil. Then setting off the entire thing in a plant pot and cracking the ceramic haha. But after so long you come to points where you need some basic equipment that can handle the chemicals that you want to use for new reactions. Although I do not need everything in the link I posted, I don't really have any other opportunities to get equipment. So I'm using my birthday as a mega jump start for it all. It will keep me going for time on end. I really think I am ready for this after so long of using mason jars and cleaned out light-bulbs as beakers or reaction containment.
Oh, ok, I thought you came in here looking for a Camry. Let me show you this Lexus.
ostomesto (author)  caitlinsdad3 years ago
I do realize that jumping from home experiments to professional grade equipment and chemicals is a large leap but you do have to start somewhere. And as I continue through with this I will be able to utilize more and more of it as my experience grows. I could start off with basic reactions and experiments but I want to have the ability to go on further as I feel needed. This will provide me with just that, and with many people I know have degrees or experience with chemistry I would be able to be guided or helped by them. With the right guidance and work I should be able to do this level of work.
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