I wanted to find a good oil, cheap that can be used on bowls and other
food things. I saw walnut oil in a video. Have you tried coconut oil?
The things that are important are a stable oil that doesn't go rancid.
Doesn't smell bad, neutral's ok.
Have you tried cooking oils? Canola, grape seed, sunflower seed, etc.
It's okay if the oil has to be re-applied now and again.
Mineral oil's readily available and I see people using that but it
can get slightly gummy/sticky.
If you've tried an oil and like it that would be good to know about.
IIRC, coconut oil doesn't dry so I would skip it (ditto mineral oil).
I would think that any oil that dries and which is derived from something
edible would be fine. Personally, I use tung oil or boiled linseed oil,
both are easy to find. Yes, the BLO has dryers in it but once cured it is
*ALL* vegetable oils can go rancid. In fact the drying process involves
partial oxidisation, as does Oxidative rancidity.
Your only hope of avoiding a taint if left in contact with food
containing lipids is to use an inert mineral oil or wax, or to use a
coating that when fully cured is oil and solvent resistant.
I have a knife here that has an oak handle that was hot impregnated with
pure paraffin wax (by repeatedly melting the wax into the surface with a
hot air gun) when I made it some 20 years ago. It gets washed up
normally nearly every day, with the only care being to hand dry it after
use as it has a carbon steel blade. The handle will still take a good
sheen if buffed with a paper towel and there has been absolulely no
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Mineral oil shouldn't get gummy if you give it time to cure.
Linseed oil keeps popping up on all the sites for "food safe wood
On Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:18:40 -0800, Electric Comet
Mineral oil is my choice. If it is getting gummy, too much is being
applied. I've used in many times and never had a problem. Put on a
few applications over time, not one big glop.
Cooking oil can go rancid.
Carnuba wax is great if you have a buffing wheel to apply it.
I'm not talking about Carnuba with an asterisk that comes in a paste for
waxing cars. I'm talking about the solid blocks of 100% wax straight
from the palm leaves.
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One cup of mineral oil and 3 oz by weight of beeswax. Heat until the
beeswax melts. Safest way is a 250 oven for 30 minutes.
Walnut oil is good because it polymerizes. Be aware of nut allergies.
Mineral oil by itself is ok, and it does NOT go sticky in my experience.
Apply thin coats, always.
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