Pressure Cooker as Autoclave

Mr J P Kerslake, B.Sc.,F.B.I.S. kerslake at sees.bangor.ac.uk
Fri Jul 24 04:03:15 EST 1998

Peter Herman wrote:
> William J. Mason wrote:
> >
> > Everyone,
> >
> > The advice about the pressure cooker was well received.  Now the other
> > question:
> >
> > What, if any, literature has been published on this?
> >
> > What brand names that you have had specific experience with work the best?
> >
> > Where can they be ordered (companies) or were they purchased at a kitchen
> > supply store, Wal-Mart, etc..?
> >
> > Thanks for your help,
> >
> > Jeff Mason
> > University of Arkansas, Biological Sciences/Microbiology
> > wmason at comp.uark.edu
> > http://comp.uark.edu/~wmason
> We keep a Presto Pressure Canner Cooker that is 12" in diameter and 7"
> deep in the lab as a back-up for small jobs during the periodic steam
> outages we have.  I got it many years ago at a K-Mart/Wal-Mart type
> store.  I suspect that if you are in the middle of a city where they
> might not sell the bigger sizes (nobody growing stuff to can), you could
> get it from a catalog from a Sears or Montgomery Ward.  Alternatively,
> you could probably call Presto which is in Eau Claire WI for the name of
> a local dealer.
> I don't about literature but I have checked mine by various methods
> (tape, melt beads and spore vials) and get quite satisfactory results.
> Peter Herman
> NMSU Biology
> rpeter at nmsu.edu

Household pressure cookers are not certified for medical &/or lab work.
You can get into sevear legal trubble. There are small dental autoclaves
that are OK. In the UK Pressure cookers work at up to 15 PSI whilst
autoclaves work at 21 PSI. 
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