autoclave vs pressure cooker for lab
We have an old autoclave that was given to us when we began our lab program about a year ago. I think it is about to die and I need to replace it, but can't afford a new autoclave right now. I am looking into pressure cookers, but I cant find any clear guidance on the pressure/temp requirements for sterilizing, so I am unable to evaluate if a $100 pressure cooker will do the job. Can anyone out there offer some guidance on if a pressure cooker (seems like most are limited to 10-12psi) will suffice for sterilization, and if so, what the time requirements are?
Alternatively, if anyone has any good leads on affordable/used autoclaves, I am all ears.
Alibi Ale Works
North Lake Tahoe