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I've been pouring for a little over a year now and use a hot plate, I'm just use to it and it's easier for me, from reading here it seems that it is smokier than a micro. and I did get quite a bit of smoke from over heating, splashing, etc.

I was at home depot the other day and mentioned to the fiance as we walked past an isle that I need to get one of those before I die someday, it was a respirator, without hesitation she through it in the cart and said she'll pay for it.

Well I whipped up a 100+ baits last night and didn't get a single whiff of burning plastic and wasn't up all night coughing, I wish I would have heeded all the advice and gotten one a lot sooner than I did.

If you don't have, or use one, I suggest you do.

I'll never pour again without it.

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Did the same thing when I first started some years ago. The only difference is that I did it for a couple of years. :?:

Now I have problems with my sinus and I take prescribed medication for it. Not alot of fun. But, in my defense, I was told that it would not hurt me. Hope I'm lucky enough that that is all I'll get out of it. :huh:

Only time will tell.

I guess it's one of those things in life that you say" I wish I knew then what I know now". :wink:

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I just started pouring. And after reading some of the posts here i went out and bought one last night from Home Depot. If you go to a store like HD, don't bother asking a worker where they are located, just look for them yourself. I asked two different workers, one in the paint section and one in the tool section, and they both said they don't carry them, only standard dust masks. They were in an odd spot, but they had a whole bay of just respirators and filters.

:rolleyes:

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There may be a more comfortable alternative for you guys.

If your work space will allow it, maybe you should invest in a stove top vent hood. You can pick up a pretty good one for less than 50 bucks. I mounted mine about 18 inches above the pots and it works great. I also added some side walls to make a cheap hood out of ply wood. Sucks all the vapors and any smoke right out.

Might be cheaper and more comfortable in the long run depending on how many respirators you go through....lol

Hope that helps...

John

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I also use a vent but the problem comes when you start pouring. As you move your pot/pyrez around the smoke/fumes are now not under the vent and are free in the air.

When I pour I use both at the same time. How important is your helth to you? :?:

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Nova,

I moved my micro wave and all pouring equipment under the hood. I did have to build an extension to "enclose" the entire workspace, and the results have been great. I would say the stove hood is about 2.5 feet wide, but my enclosure or "hood" is about 4 feet wide. Maybe you can re-arrange your work space and get better results with your venting.

I experimented first with cardboard to see how well it would work before I built the enclosure.....

hope that helps...

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