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What options do I have for heat in a lab which does not have gas jets?

There are basically two options: 

  • Portable lab burners
  • Hot plates

Flinn Scientific offers two types of portable lab burners-butane and propane burners. The butane burner produces a flame about the same temperature as a standard Bunsen burner. The propane burner produces a much more intense heat than the butane burner.Hot plates are the safest method for heating in the lab. They do not present an open source of flame. Temperature settings are adjustable and can reach 538 °C (1000 °F). The heating elements are embedded in the heating pad so no exposed or glowing heating elements are present.

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