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Post October 27th, 2010, 7:02 am

Sodium Bisulfite vs Sodium MetaBisulfite

Hello all, and thanks for your kind inputs. I have a couple of questions.

I have found that Sodium Bisulfite is much more expensive, comes in liquid for, and is kind of hard to get.

1) can I use Sodium MetaBisulfite for dropping gold out of solution?

2) Is there an advantage to using Sodium Bisulfite over Sodium MetaBisulfite?

3) What is the main difference between the two chemicals with respect to gold refining?

4) can liquid Sodium Bisulfite be used to precipitate gold out of solution?

5) Is ther a source of supply for powdered or crystaline Sodium Bisulfite that someone can suggest? I live in the Southeastern United States - South Carolina.

This is a GREAT forum - you guys are very helpful!

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Post October 27th, 2010, 9:20 am

Re: Sodium Bisulfite vs Sodium MetaBisulfite

Hi KLS!
1) can I use Sodium MetaBisulfite for dropping gold out of solution?
Yes, you can drop gold with SMB.

2) Is there an advantage to using Sodium Bisulfite over Sodium MetaBisulfite?
In essence it's the same.

3) What is the main difference between the two chemicals with respect to gold refining?
They're actually different chemicals. Sodium bisulphite is NaHSO3, and Sodium metabisulphite is Na2S2O5. Both are available in powder form, and incidentally have the foodstuff additive numbers of E222, and E223 respectively.
However, as soon as you dissolve Sodium metabisulphite in water it becomes Sodium bisulphite. The addition product of Na2S2O5 + H2O is 2(NaHSO3).
As you may see, there's a difference in the molecular weights of the bisulphite and metabisulphite. Anhydrous Sodium metabisulphite has a molecular weight of 190 to the bisulphite's 104, but the metabisulphite will form two molecules of bisulphite with the addition of one molecule of water. Therefore 19 gms of anhydrous metabisulphite is equivalent to 20.8 gms of pure bisulphite.
Since pure Sodium bisulphite is almost impossible to obtain, it's easier and cheaper to substitute 91.3% of the weight of bisulphite with metabisulphite.

-- Pete Andrews (p.l.andrews@bham.ac.uk), March 11, 20

4) can liquid Sodium Bisulfite be used to precipitate gold out of solution?
As far as know... yes.

5) Is ther a source of supply for powdered or crystaline Sodium Bisulfite that someone can suggest? I live in the Southeastern United States - South Carolina.
I'm sure. Home Depot for one. Its called Stump out, by Bonide. Any Brewery supply store, since SMB is a preservative used in beer & wine

Yes, SMB is cheaper, ussually 4 to 5 us dollars/#.
There're many posts on the subject that elaborate & share more precise information, take some time & check them out, so you stay safe & minimize problems.

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Post October 27th, 2010, 9:47 am

Re: Sodium Bisulfite vs Sodium MetaBisulfite

Fantastic - This is exactly what I needed to know.

Thank you for reponding!
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Post November 3rd, 2010, 10:24 pm

Re: Sodium Bisulfite vs Sodium MetaBisulfite

Hi all.

I'm Syazwan from Malaysia. I'm currently using SMB's and Copper Sulphate to reduce cyanides content in our wastewater (INCO process).

My question;

Sodium Sulphite is used for removing the dissoved oxygen from cyanide solution before zinc precipitaion(Merril-Crowe). Can SMB's do the same job ?
Is it applicable for precipitation of gold in both gold cyanide solutions or gold chloride solutions ?

Thanks.
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Post November 5th, 2010, 6:32 am

Re: Sodium Bisulfite vs Sodium MetaBisulfite

1. SMB will do whatever sodium sulphite does
2. Gold chloride is a strong oxidizer while gold cyanide, in fact
gold potassium cyanide, is not. So to precipitate gold from it
use zinc or aluminum
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Post January 28th, 2011, 7:12 pm

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I bought 250 grams of metabisulfite for $1.79. Seemed good price to me.

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