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[*] posted on 6-5-2018 at 11:27
Round vs flat bottom evaporating dish


I bought a flat bottom one a few weeks ago to dry a solution, worked pretty good, though I can't see if there are any advantages over a round bottom one.
Are there any significant differences between these two?




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[*] posted on 6-5-2018 at 12:03


I do not know whether round or flat is best,
I just want to mention that borosilicate petri dishes with covers are presently quite cheap via eBay,
they can be used as a petri dish, or as two evaporating dishes :D




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[*] posted on 6-5-2018 at 14:01


The only thing I do not like about using Petri dishes as evaporating dishes is that it's really annoying to scoop up the solid from the edges. I used one a while ago to grow some crystals, and while I liked that I could scrape off the solid from the flat surface easily, getting it out of the edges was frustrating.

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[*] posted on 6-5-2018 at 16:27


Flat bottom dishes are better than round when being heated upon an electric hotplate. While round dishes are better than flat when being heated by a bath or open flame.
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[*] posted on 13-5-2018 at 08:41


One thing that comes to mind is that it depends what you are evaporating. If you're collecting a liquid then a round one will be better because it would all be concentrated in the center where as with a flat one it will pool all around the edges and you'll have a lot more mechanical loss. I'd imagine to a lesser extent flat ones are better for solids/crystals since they are easier to scrape up on a flat surface than a curved one.
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