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2524Re: [Distillers] Control valve for Nixon-Stone ?

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  • Scott A
    Jun 10, 2001
      Hi Tony
      Unfortunately there is not cheap and easy way of controling the still like
      this in such heigh procision. For a incrament of .1 it is quite hard to find
      temperature measuring instraments especially ones which will control
      electronics. There are thermocouples which you mentioned (i think type K is
      the best) they have temperature incraments of 1 degree. maybe someone else
      knows of better instraments
      i have yet to see solenoids which can finely control flow rates the only
      ones i have seen are gate valves allthough i have seen the devices which
      seem like they are designed to control solenoids that control flow rates
      like this.
      To turn off the still permanently you could fairly easily incorperate a
      switch which would do what you want into the electronics of the control
      system. i would guess you could get a switch like this at a electronics
      At the moment i am working on a control system which will interface with a
      computer so you can change the control of the still when you modify it as i
      seem to always be doing. I am currently experimenting with ways to over come
      the temperature incrament problem.
      i hope this helped a little
      From Scott

      >From: "Brian Poke" <bjfm@...>
      >To: <distillers@yahoogroups.com>
      >Subject: Re: [Distillers] Control valve for Nixon-Stone ?
      >Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001 17:21:21 +1000
      >tony---- that bloke who was active this list a couple of years ago aaron
      >smith [smithers] his web site was or is millenium moonshine-------he was a
      >whiz at exactly what you speak of here-------if you need his contact
      >come back this list and i'll chase him up ---------brian
      >----- Original Message -----
      >From: Tony & Elle Ackland <Tony.Ackland@...>
      >To: 'Distillers newsgroup' <Distillers@yahoogroups.com>
      >Sent: Sunday, 10 June 2001 12:29
      >Subject: [Distillers] Control valve for Nixon-Stone ?
      > > OK - who out there knows a little about a control valve suitable for
      > > controlling a Nixon-Stone still head ?
      > >
      > > Eg something CHEAP and EASY that uses a thermocouple in the vapour to
      > > measure its temperature, then open or closes the distillate outlet valve
      > > adjust the amount of reflux happening in response.
      > >
      > > It would replace the needle valve seen in
      > > http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller/image/tony_still_head.gif
      > >
      > > Sorta like whats described at
      > > http://www.rvmobile.com/tech/trouble/solenoid1.htm , but better suited
      > > our set-up. It would need to be accurate/sensitive enough to change the
      > > valve position, for temperature differences of say around 0.1-0.2
      > > and the valve only needs to be able to do say 0-100 mL/min flow. The
      > > adjustments that the valve would need to be capable of would be in the
      > > order of say 5 mL/min steps.
      > >
      > > What else would be required to turn off the power to the still
      > > (permenantly) once the outlet temperature gets above a particular
      > > temperatures (eg 94C) ?
      > >
      > > Tony
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to
      > >
      > >

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