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QUESTION: Is the solder in the Eco Billy camping product lead free? 10/04/09   New South Wales, Australia

Iíve just purchased a camping product called the "Eco Billy" from Hillbilly camping supplies.  It is a stainless steel product with a cone in the centre to burn twigs and leaves, using the same principle as the old chip HWS - which of course are seriously economical.

However, the product is joined together with solder, including solder in contact with the water for drinking/boiling.  Is this poisonous?  Is it legal to sell this product - especially calling it an "Eco-billy".  Camping suppliers are recommending and stocking it.

Would appreciate your advice and grounds for returning and demanding my money - if justified.

Regards and thank you


EMAIL TWO Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 4:56 PM

Dear Iman

Thank you for researching this.  Their ad under Hillbilly campers actually claims it is fully stainless steel, but the solder comes in contact with the water for boiling to drink.

All tin solder, I would imagine may rust. I will wait to hear from you.

Thank you


ANSWER: Apr 10 2009

Dear Janis,

We have contacted the manufacturer of the camping product you mentioned. We asked whether the solder contains any lead, they replied that it was purely tin. So we asked if they can  provide evidence in writing that the solder is 100% tin? We will inform you of their reply as soon as we get it. Sorry about the delay in response to your question, we have just returned from the Easter Holidays.

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien

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