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Skull Degrease

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by copeletti, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. copeletti

    copeletti New Member

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    has anyone ever used a hot plate for heating the water up for skull degreasing? Can’t seem to find an aquarium heater that gets warm enough
     
  2. HondaXR250

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  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    A hot plate is going to be too hot. You are going to ruin bone by cooking it. Unless you can find one that maintains a temp of 120 degrees. That is the maximum temp you really need for degreasing. No aquarium heater is going to be warm enough unless you tamper with it. Even then, expect some of the ones you get to hit a high temp to have a shortened lifespan. There is at least one tutorial on here about wiring a bucket heater with a thermostat that works well. The rubber strip heaters like above look promising. I would still use a small circulating pump in the container to keep the temp of the water constant. Barrel heaters like that that I looked at a few years ago were much more expensive and I never tried them.
     
  4. HondaXR250

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    The bucket heater works so well. When i open my buckets that have aquarium heaters in them, i always second guess if they are even working. With the bucket heater, i open the lid, and it smells like a dish soap sauna, you can feel the heat off the water on your face when looking in the bucket. Keeps the temp perfectly wherever you want it.
     
  5. Wiring a water heating element and thermostat to a black sterilite tote, you can fill the tote with water then put skulls in buckets and place them in the water. Works great. I now have a big tank that holds 20 buckets.
     
  6. HondaXR250

    HondaXR250 Active Member

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    That is something ive been wanting to do also. Just have to wait until i have the room for all that.

     
  7. Kevin Strock

    Kevin Strock New Member

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    I have I works fine you just have to temp check the water so it doesn't get too hot.. and mark the knob so you have an idea of where to set it.. only problem is replacing the water that has evaporated.. need to check every 8 hours or so and if you run more than 2 need to make sure the circuit can handle the load.. does use alot of electricity I've switched to a suvee cooker.. in a cooler for degreasing heads you can aet the temp and walk away do not use anything other that Dawn. If needed you can put a bucket in the cooler to separate clean water and dirty
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2019
  8. weighttrain_2000

    weighttrain_2000 New Member

    Do you wrap anything around your suvee cooker before submerging it the water and dawn soap? I would think the soap could penetrate the cooker and damage it internally? I ask because I was thinking about doing the same thing.
     
  9. Kevin Strock

    Kevin Strock New Member

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    I have been running it for a couple months and have no issues so far.. shouldn't damage anything since it's just a fan spinning and a metal heat element
     
  10. Kenton Nolt

    Kenton Nolt New Member

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    I went to my local hardware store and got a water heating element and mounted it in a plastic tote with a hot water heater thermostat mounted on the side. The heat transfers through the plastic and the thermostat monitors that and shuts it of a the set temperature. That seems to work good. I usually degrease my deer skulls up to 4 to 5 weeks. I also use dawn ultra degreasing dish soap.
     
  11. Manny81

    Manny81 New Member

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    Sorry for going off topic but I wanted to put in my two cents, I use acetone and leave it in a 5 gallon bucket for two weeks. Great thing about this method is I can reuse acetone over and over again without damaging the bone. I've used the same 3 gallons of acetone for three months and I'm at my 40th skull. works great with bear and wild boar skulls, where grease is usually hard to dissolve.