Thanks for the direction.
I shall go that way.
I already have 54mm copper tubing and fittings to make something
bigger - but i have a small SS pot that will do this well.
I was intending to replace the colder water continually - but as you
say - it's only so effective. I will build a leibig condenser.
Unfortunatly, the cost of copper fittings and tubing in the UK is very
expensive. Plus i'll have to buy at least 1metre/3ft of tubing of each
So, if i use 25mm/1in pipe for the column, shall i use 25mm tubing for
the outside of the liebig and 18/15mm for the interior?
I suppose having the biggest interior tubing, resulting in the
thinnest film of water running over it would be the most efficient setup.
The good thing about this diameter tubing is that i can easily buy
fittings for it. Like compression fittings etc. etc. It took me about
8 months to get 1mtr of 54mm tube and T's.
Thanks for your input - i will carry on!
--- In email@example.com, "tyler_97355" <kd7enm@...> wrote:
> The air cooled condenser is a nice idea, but doesn't work all that
> well in my experience. Even running it through a bucket of water
> only works for so long, you must constantly put ice or colder water
> in the bucket, to replace the water which has been heated. Unless
> you set it up to have a constant flow of water in and out, you would
> be better off making a liebig condenser.
> Easiest way to make a cheap pot still, would be to buy a 5 gallon
> stock pot, put a short collumn on it made of 1 inch copper pipe, and
> add a liebig condenser (about 2 foot long should work). You should
> be able to run this on a stovetop burner, or just put a 500-750watt
> water heater element in it.
> THis is a cheap easy way to make a safe and effective pot still.
> Should run you about $50.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "boe_didley" <boe_didley@>
> > Hello,
> > I'm currently in the middle of obtaining parts to build a reflux
> > I'd like to build a still that's a bit more basic, a cheap
> > as it were.
> > I have a boiler and what i'd like to do is hook up my 6mm copper
> > tubing into the top, bring it over to the side and into a coil as
> > air condenser. I might fit the coil into a water tub.
> > Can i do this or do i need a larger bore of tubing directly on the
> > boiler? Will the pressure be too high? I do intend to add a
> > thermometer so i can more accuratly control the temperature with an
> > electrical heating plate.
> > Thanks for any input you have.
> > Boe.