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evil_lurker
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Expediaglass dot com, aka cheap widgets-r-us.

I broke down and decided to order a condensor and another piece of glass from them.

If I am correct, the glass they are using is some off brand borosilicate glass mix of lesser quality than pyrex.

However, the craftmanship is of surprisingly of good quality (albeit a hair thinner than what I would prefer)... the places were the glass were welded together had no microbubbles, and for that matter no microbubbles anywhere in the glass itself unlike the normal bomex crap on the market. The hose barbs were well done, even and cut off square, unlike another glassware maker I have been known to purchase from before (not mentioning any names).

Plus they have tons of hard to find widgets... for example:

https://www.expediglass.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductIndex...

A parallel double hose barb inlet adapter... these are great for making safety traps out of regular flasks... price runs around $12 each. https://www.expediglass.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductIndex... 24/40 stoppers for$6 each.

https://www.expediglass.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductIndex...

Drip adapters, nice for when you want to put something under the surface of a reaction via addition funnel.

https://www.expediglass.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductIndex...

Female joint hose adapters... nice to put on the end of a condensor when you want to distill directly into a flask without using a reciever adapter.

http://www.expediglass.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductIndex=...

And, last but not least, keck clamps for a buck sixty each.

Overall, I'd say their prices are very reasonable and a great source for glassware. However I would probably recommend staying away from their flasks and stick with the major name brands of proven quality and thermal resistance.

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.........Overall, I'd say their prices are very reasonable ........

I'll say! These are the lowest prices I've ever seen for
ground glass joint adapters. Ten years ago some of these 24/40
adapters cost \$40 at least from the major suppliers of labware.

Hopefully the dimensional tolerances are equal to say Kontes.
or similar.
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Expediglass = good deal

I've bought more pieces from Expediglass than my wife would have liked me to. Like you, I found the fit-and-finish of their glass to be a nice surprise, given the reasonable prices.

Although you caution against purchasing flasks from them, my experience (having bought about six flasks, both round-bottom and Erlenmeyer) has been good there, as well--only one flask arrived with any discernible flaw (a small, 1-inch seam line near the bottom center of a 250ml RBF). The flasks advertised as "thick walled" are especially well made. None of the flasks have failed or cracked, and I regularly use them in 300-degree mantles, with acidic liquids, under vacuum, etc.

This contrasts with the Bomex pieces I bought one time on a whim, the majority of which are now defunct after less than a year of use, typically as a result of spontaneous cracking under relatively mild conditions.

The sales people at Expediglass seem friendly enough, too.
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 Quote: Originally posted by Bromide This contrasts with the Bomex pieces I bought one time on a whim, the majority of which are now defunct after less than a year of use, typically as a result of spontaneous cracking under relatively mild conditions.too.

I have lately been seeing some talk about this on SMDB, yet I myself have not yet broken a single piece of Bomex from heating.

Well, actually, there was one, but it was clearly my fault. I put a naked torch flame right to the glass, a big no-no with any brand of glassware. Other than that, no complaints from me. I've even preferentially used ones with noticeable bubbles, to see how they would perform, and still no problems. What are people doing to this glass to get it to break?

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