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Post by Drone » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:04 am

I know that cigarette smoke can create a corrosive coating on circuit boards and that keeping the studio smoke-free is a good idea, but I'm fond of burning incense right by my console, am I damaging it, or is only cigarette smoke corrosive? :?
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Post by Nick Sevilla » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:17 am

All smoke is corrosive, however, how much varies by what it is that you are burning.

I would definitely not put anything burning close to any electronics.

Maybe across the room, and only use if sparingly to get the scent?

I have a scented candle I light up once in a blue moon, and only for about 5 minutes, to get a bit of the scent going, the turn it off.

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Post by Jim Williams » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:48 am

Ever heard the term, "smoke damage"? It never mentions the source of the smoke.
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Post by ott0bot » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:18 am

"incense"
...right...

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Post by Bro Shark » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:33 pm

Tobacco smoke also drops a nasty layer of rancid soot/dust on just about every surface it touches.

I've never noticed any ill effect of people smoking small amounts of weed indoors. Hotboxing a room with 12 people for an hour is a different story.

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Post by Drone » Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:33 pm

ott0bot wrote:"incense"
...right...
Strongest stuff in this studio are the chocolate covered espresso beans beside my console. I may do a lot of space tripping and fuzzed out freakouts musically, but man it's just the music.
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Post by Brian » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:10 am

NEVER.
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Post by Brian » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:12 am

NEVER.
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Post by supafuzz » Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:34 am

Wasn't that a Deep Purple song??

the asnwer is no...don't burn anything except a few cds now and then

smoke=bad
fire=bad
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Post by vvv » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:27 am

There was a time, they say, it was all smoke and mirrors (as in, pass the ...) :twisted:
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Post by Drone » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:04 am

I just went out and got more plugins for the glade thing in the outlet. I'm getting sick of the smell of fresh linen, or after the rain, or hawaiian sunset or whatever the heck it is though.

I kinda dug the incense vibe, but now I've got someone's smoky, stinky, tweed amp stinking up the place, thankfully it's getting gone today. I think this guy must miniaturise himself and sit inside the amp smoking 60 a day, it's that bad. :kotzen:
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Post by Jim Williams » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:08 am

Wipe that stinky amp down with a towel and 409. When you see all that brown stuff on the towel, you are 'winning'.

On grill cloths I use dish soap and a stiff brush. Work up a lather and wipe it down.

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Post by Dakota » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:31 am

Incense on a regular basis... I'd be wary of that. Resins.

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Post by Drone » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:05 pm

Jim Williams wrote:Wipe that stinky amp down with a towel and 409. When you see all that brown stuff on the towel, you are 'winning'.
I tried it with Simple Green, it didn't seem to do much 409 a different formulation?

The guy never came to pick it up, so I stuck it in my shed.
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Post by Marc Alan Goodman » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:53 pm

To go against the common grain here, a little smoke never hurt anything. A lot of smoke over a long time can cause damage, but that's a whole different story.

How often are you burning the incense? For how long? That's really the issue. The most vulnerable things would be mic capsules, so make sure they're safely away while it's burning and that there's good ventilation and you should be fine for decades. A good measure is if the room starts to stink you're burning too much. Plus it can be a major client turn-off.

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