Tin foil

Tin foil

Tinfoil or tin foil is a thin leaf made of tin.

Actual tin foil has been superseded by cheaper and more durable aluminium foil, which is still sometimes mistakenly referred to as "tin foil".


Foil made from a thin leaf of tin was commercially available before its aluminium counterpart. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, tin foil was in common use, and some people continue to refer to the new product by the name of the old one. Tin foil is stiffer than aluminium foil. It tends to give a slight tin taste to food wrapped in it, which is one major reason it has largely been replaced by aluminium and other materials for wrapping food.

The first audio recordings on phonograph cylinders were made on tin foil.

Tin was first replaced by aluminium starting in 1910, when the first aluminium foil rolling plant, “Dr. Lauber, Neher & Cie., Emmishofen.” was opened in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The plant, owned by J.G. Neher & Sons (aluminium manufacturers) started in 1886 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, at the foot of the Rhine Falls - capturing the falls’ energy to produce aluminium. Neher's sons together with Dr. Lauber discovered the endless rolling process and the use of aluminium foil as a protective barrier.

Tin foil is also a good deflector of light. Wrapping it around an object with the shiny side outward will keep the object cool. Light will hit it and be deflected, keeping the sun's rays away thus keeping it cool. It can also be put on windows — shiny side outward — to keep the sun out.

ee also

* foil (chemistry)
* tin-foil hat
* List of common misnomers

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  • Tin foil — Tin Tin, n. [As. tin; akin to D. tin, G. zinn, OHG. zin, Icel. & Dan. tin, Sw. tenn; of unknown origin.] 1. (Chem.) An elementary substance found as an oxide in the mineral cassiterite, and reduced as a soft silvery white crystalline metal, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tin|foil — «TIHN FOYL», noun, adjective. –n. Also, tin foil. 1. a very thin sheet of tin, or of an alloy of tin and lead, used as a wrapping for candy, tobacco, or similar articles. 2. tin hammered or rolled into a thin sheet and coated with mercury, used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tin foil — staniolis statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis 0,007–0,13 mm storio alavo ar jo lydinių su Pb ir kitais metalais folija. atitikmenys: angl. metal paper; tin foil; tin leaf rus. станиоль …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • tin·foil — /ˈtınˌfojəl/ noun [noncount] : a thin sheet of shiny metal that is used especially for cooking or storing food Wrap the leftover food in tinfoil. a piece of tinfoil …   Useful english dictionary

  • tin foil — noun 1. foil made of tin or an alloy of tin and lead • Syn: ↑tinfoil • Hypernyms: ↑foil • Substance Meronyms: ↑tin, ↑Sn, ↑atomic number 50 2. foil made of aluminum …   Useful english dictionary

  • tin foil — a thin sheet rolled from tin, used as a protective wrapping; also used as a separating material between the cast and denture base material during flasking and curing. Written also tinfoil …   Medical dictionary

  • tin foil — noun alternative spelling of tinfoil …   Wiktionary

  • tin foil — see tinfoil …   English dictionary

  • tin foil — strong paper made of aluminum with a silver color used in the kitchen …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Tin foil hat — A tin foil hat is a piece of headgear made from one or more sheets of tin foil, aluminium foil or similar material. People wear the hats in the belief that they act to shield the brain from such influences as electromagnetic fields, or against… …   Wikipedia

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