There are a few companies whose names get tossed around when it comes to getting decent equipment, glassware, and chemicals as a DIY’er;
United Nuclear http://www.unitednuclear.com/
Elemental Scientific http://www.elementalscientific.net/
HMS Beagle http://www.hms-beagle.com/
…and today I think Home Science Tools http://www.homesciencetools.com/ can be added to the list.
Though I have only ordered from Home Science Tools, I think it’s important to at least spread the word about smaller companies that ship to individuals or non-businesses/institutions and still provide good quality equipment and customer service. Do your own research on each of these companies (as I have heard mixed reviews in regards to Elemental Scientific’s shipping times) and compare prices as you will, but I was very happy with the HST order I made. They also have a really great deal on shipping, and I’m not sure if its because of the small quantities they ship, or if they eat the cost.
Either way, being able to get reagents in smaller quantities is great because it offers enough material for a few experiments, but without the hastle or worry of having to store hundreds of grams of acid, oxidizers, or heavy metal salts you won’t use often.
So far, Home Science Tools was the only place I found smaller quantity reagents at really good prices, and for that reason the order was placed with them.
For anyone that cares to see the unboxing video, check out the video below.