Snipped but restored: "Well, I was only going to write about the
slate, but I got carried away:"
I could put a sig that says "When you get bored stop reading" but the
sig would be at the bottom anyhow, so it woudln't do you any good.
OMIGAWD! I've poured thousands of pounds of it down a feeder tube into
drilling mud. Pallets and pallets of it. It is used in drilling
operations, and for lining ponds. Google it, and perhaps you can find a
source for small amounts.
I never ever ever realized in my lifetime I would actually see someone
trying to find some when we had tons of it laying around. Nasty black slick
as snot bentonite.
Perhaps you were too technical for them.
I went in HD looking for unglazed quarry tile. No one had a clue. I
said, "they're a reddish color". The guy said, "Oh, they're right
here". I don't know if they are, in fact, "quarry tile", but the guy
said, "them Mexicans use it in their ovens". Bingo!
Try asking for "that clay stuff". ;)
Even though this is a 5 year old thread I'll go ahead and post for anyone that
might have the same question.
You can get small quantities online or at some stores in the health section with
names like "Indian Healing Clay" or "Death Valley Clay." Many people use it for
skin problems due to mineral content.
Aside from using the cheapest non-scented cat litter you can find and crushing
it, you might find some at farm supply or pet food stores as it is often used
for making animal food pellets. It can also be used as drilling mud for well
drilling or for soil treatment.
Because it is also used as a refractory material for furnaces or for foundry
work you can find giant 100 lb. bags at industrial furnace, foundry, or boiler
companies. Even though you don't need 100 lbs. an entire bag might only cost
$20 or $30. After all, it's only dirt.
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