You know what I'd love to find, speaking of soap making? One of those huge cast iron cauldrons with legs.. Like the one "Granny Clampett" used out by their "cement pond" to make her soap in, hehe!!<quoted text>
Your system seems to work well for you, so keep the eggs fryin. I've made soap from lard and lye just for the heck of it. One of my grandmothers made it all the time and her hands looked great at 98 years old. Lye is some wicked stuff though on it's own.
I bet if I was even able to find one for sale, it would cost many hundreds of dollars right now though.