I saw your post and thought Id mention something I learned years back. I used to work in a hydroponic store ( no I did not partake nor was I lazy lol) but we used to order a lot from scientific supply companies for essential oil extraction equipment.
on one occasion a man came in wanting to sell a whole lot of used glassware, this stuff is versatile and cleans up easy as its pyrex etc.
The point I think that would be most useful here is that most mining companies have this equipment in spades as they use it for assaying the ore. mostly the use of reagents and acids to determine the content of the precious metals
we bought the entire lot for under $1000 canadian I believe and it was a HUGE lot of distillation equipment specific gravity hydromitors of every shape and size and more glassware than we could ever sell. so keep an eye out for mining company auctions and going tits up you could score huge :)
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "harisaki2004" <ledaswan@...> wrote:
> Hello Distillers,
> Last week I was in Melbourne Australia and found a beautiful shop full of EU imported goods.
> Included was some pallets of large glassware ex an explosive factory in Victoria.
> I am guessing the glassware was used on an industrial scale for column distilling. Possibly made before stainless was commonplace.
> The glassware was made by quickfit, which is still in operation. Some of these parts are up to 500mm diameter and there is what I would describe as still heads too. Other parts would be 75 to 100 mm diameter x 600 long if you were looking to build a more practical small scale column still. Many other bits too including glass stop cocks.
> These parts were not cheap, but probably half the cost of getting them made.
> Please contact "The Ugly Duckling" on +61 (0)3 9427 0123 at 194 Burnley St Richmond VIC 3021.