# Distillation of oxalyl chloride

May I use water as a condensing medium while distilling out oxalyl chloride?

As oxalyl chloride reacts with water and the products are $$\ce{HCl},$$ $$\ce{CO}$$ and $$\ce{CO2},$$ when there is a leak or breakage of condenser shell/tube separating water and oxalyl chloride, there may be liberation of toxic gases causing the situation more unsafe.

• It should be safe enough to use water as your coolant, check that your water hoses a securely attached, conduct the distillation in an uncluttered fume hood if possible. – Waylander Oct 9 '19 at 14:57