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    Re: Tallow, was: Voyaging the traditional way
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2004 Nov 6, 21:43 -0500

    Trevor-
     http://www.missionpeaksoap.com/Base_Oils_Quick.htm
    
    You can indeed buy beef tallow today, in this case from northern California
    at $12.95/USgallon, or $44.95/5USG, which probably would last you for a
    while.
    
    Since it still is beef fat, I'd expect it to still go rancid after a while.
    There are adhesive waxes, used in graphic arts for "pasteup", that can be
    thinned with mineral spirits to make a very tacky soft wax that is stable
    and inert, if kept in a sealed jar so the solvent doesn't evaporate out.
    That might be a simpler way to go, you could probably dice up white paraffin
    and vaseline in mineral spirits to get somethign similar too. (It can take a
    week or two for the parafin to thoroughly dissolve, bear in mind what we in
    the US call "kerosene" is also called "paraffin oil", the paraffin wax is
    quite compatible.)
    
    
    

       
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