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Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:13 PM
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Default Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

Just wondering.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:25 PM
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Default Re: Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

The ball bearing encounters no heat and only plugs the purge valve to allow smoke out so it has no effect on the smoke you are smoking if that makes sense
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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:40 PM
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Default Re: Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

Sorry to threadjack a little, but what do you all use for ball bearings? I am using whatever odd material'ed thing came with my Nammor Euphrates, and it seizes all the time. Usually the first time in a session I purge, I have to unscrew the holder and spin the ball a little. I heard of people using plastic BB's, but what kind?
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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:47 PM
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Default Re: Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

03rivers is correct, the ball bearing material shouldn't be a problem as far as safety is concerned.

As for the plastic bearings, most people use AirSoft pellets. I believe you can get them in either 6mm (about 1/4 inch) or 8mm (5/16 inch) depending on what you need. I use a 6mm diameter plastic bead that I had left over from some long forgotten craft project in my KM. The bead has no hole in it BTW. It still needs to be kept clean in order to function properly but it makes purging much easier than with the standard steel bearing.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 11:50 PM
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Default Re: Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

I'll have to make a stop at Gander Mountain tomorrow, thanks for the info. I keep mine clean, but I think it's just when it gets moist at first, it gets 'stuck.'
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Old April 20th, 2010, 12:17 AM
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Zinc is a heavy metal which, in large amounts, can lead to heavy metal poisoning or metal fever. Trace amounts are actually essential for proper health, but those amounts are found naturally in food and water. There is a chance the zinc can seep into your vase and contaminate the water your tobacco is filtered through, though nothing suggest it would be anywhere near the amounts known to be harmful to humans.
Zinc galvanized water pipes are considered safe to accomadate drinking water, though there have been some potential health concerns from corrosive water causing the Zinc to leech into the water supply. It would suggest that a consistent flow of water with a low PH coming in contact with Zinc coated steel will eventually cause water contamination, though such an effect may only occur over many years of such contact.
I don't think using a Zinc galvanized BB would be detrimental to your health, but I am not a fan of introducing any possible contaminate to my respiratory system, so I would try finding a safer alternative. Try using a plastic Airsoft pellet. They are mainly composed of biodegradable plactics which are starch based, and, as of yet, have not thrown up any red flags in terms of health issues. It is always a good idea to play it as safe as you can while introducing something foriegn into your body.
Hope this helps. Smoke safe.
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Default Re: Is it safe to use Steel zinc plated bb's as ball bearings?

I'm kinda sure that stainless steel would be ok but to play it safe id probably go with airsoft bbs
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