dessicator: how to build?

Richard Miller rmiller16 at
Tue Jul 3 16:14:19 EST 2001

Wide mouth canning jars make wonderful dessicators.  We have used them in
the lab for 20 years.  Dessicant in the bottom, new canning lid with locking
ring on top and there you have it.

Rich Miller

in article Fhm07.120190$W02.2178494 at, Fun Science at
biotech at wrote on 7/3/01 12:20 PM:

> Hi,
> Instead of buying a dessicator which is a container
> that would keep all moisture out (H2O) I would
> like to build one.
> Can someone please advise on how to do this,  we
> would like to store small vials that contain 10 grams
> of reagent in our freezer inside the dessicator for
> long term storage.
> If you know what materials to place inside the
> dessicator with quantity I would appreciate it.
> I am not sure but I believe silica or epson salts
> are placed inside the containers.
> Please advise.

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