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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.

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  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Waylander Oct 9 '19 at 14:57

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