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• Actually, you are on the right track. Almost always, heat sources are incorrectly rated in simple BTU, when in reality the number listed is BTU per hour.
Message 1 of 9 , Jul 7, 2006
Actually, you are on the right track. Almost always, heat sources are
incorrectly rated in simple BTU, when in reality the number listed is
BTU per hour. Since 1 watt is approx 3.4 BTU/hr, the number you are
looking for is 17,584.2642 watts.

See the following links for more information.

http://www.google.com/search?q=60000+btu%2Fhr+in+watts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTU
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_%28physics%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy

Careful reading of the linked articles will help you to understand the
relationship between energy and power, as well as where and how time
fits into that relationship.

Dave

!Zapata Vive! wrote:
> I'm working on a new stilling setup, and am trying to understand how
> to relate gas burners to electric elements. Specifically I'm trying
> to decide how a 60,000 btu gas burner would work compared to say a
> 1500 watt heating element. The only thing is, all the conversions
> I've found online require the element of time for the watts, but not
> the btus. Is this right? I don't really know, but it doesn't seem
> right. That would make a simple gas burner the equivalent to a
> 14,000 watt element?
• Hi, Zapata. 1 BTU = 0.252 Cal 1 Kw = 860 Cal/h Ciao a tutti micio felice ... how ... trying ... a ... conversions ... not ... seem ... down ... insight? ...
Message 2 of 9 , Jul 7, 2006
Hi, Zapata.

1 BTU = 0.252 Cal

1 Kw = 860 Cal/h

Ciao a tutti

micio felice

--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, !Zapata Vive! <zapatavive@...>
wrote:
>
> I'm working on a new stilling setup, and am trying to understand
how
> to relate gas burners to electric elements. Specifically I'm
trying
> to decide how a 60,000 btu gas burner would work compared to say
a
> 1500 watt heating element. The only thing is, all the
conversions
> I've found online require the element of time for the watts, but
not
> the btus. Is this right? I don't really know, but it doesn't
seem
> right. That would make a simple gas burner the equivalent to a
> 14,000 watt element?
>
> Or have I screwed it up somehow? It seems if that calculation is
> right, then I'd worry about being able to turn the gas burner
down
> low enough to actually be able to use it.
>
> Any of ya'll drive on propane instead of electricity? Any
insight?
> I've driven a couple of stills on electricity before, but gas is
> appealing for my current situation. I have a buddy that drives
his
> glorified pot still on propane, but he's not much of a thinker,
he
> just fills the pot and gets drunk while it runs all day. I can't
get
> much lucid insight out of him other than, "I dunno man, I just
light
> it up, and taste it till it's ready to cut, by the time I make
my
> cuts, I'm so drunk I'm lucky if I'm still standin' when it's
> done." (thank goodness his wife always turns the still off when
he
> does pass out!)
>
> Thanks
>
• Zapata, I run on propane. As my stove is electric and cycles on and off. Talk about a nightmare! I, too, had you quandry. I run pot and reflux units. To
Message 3 of 9 , Jul 7, 2006
Zapata,

I run on propane. As my stove is electric and
cycles on and off. Talk about a nightmare!
I, too, had you quandry.
I run pot and reflux units. To answer you question,
I knew about how long it took to get to the IBP
(Initial Boiling Point) When converting to propane, I
start off slow and worked up to the valve adjustment
that works. I marked my valve at two locations, the
heat up stage and the run stage. btw, my pin valve
works better as it is better controled and more
percise for setting to a mark as opposed to the valve
that requires several turns then hitting a mark. Keep
your eye on the temp gauge and flame.
During the heat up stage I can see the flame rounding
the bottom of the pot. When my top of column temps
reaches 150ish F, I cut the flame waaaaay back to
almost a pilot light and slowly bring up from there.
It did take some practice. But Practice Makes
Perfect.

Hope this helps,

Link

--- !Zapata Vive! <zapatavive@...> wrote:

> I'm working on a new stilling setup, and am trying
> to understand how
> to relate gas burners to electric elements.
> Specifically I'm trying
> to decide how a 60,000 btu gas burner would work
> compared to say a
> 1500 watt heating element. The only thing is, all
> the conversions
> I've found online require the element of time for
> the watts, but not
> the btus. Is this right? I don't really know, but
> it doesn't seem
> right. That would make a simple gas burner the
> equivalent to a
> 14,000 watt element?
>
> Or have I screwed it up somehow? It seems if that
> calculation is
> right, then I'd worry about being able to turn the
> gas burner down
> low enough to actually be able to use it.
>
> Any of ya'll drive on propane instead of
> electricity? Any insight?
> I've driven a couple of stills on electricity
> before, but gas is
> appealing for my current situation. I have a buddy
> that drives his
> glorified pot still on propane, but he's not much of
> a thinker, he
> just fills the pot and gets drunk while it runs all
> day. I can't get
> much lucid insight out of him other than, "I dunno
> man, I just light
> it up, and taste it till it's ready to cut, by the
> time I make my
> cuts, I'm so drunk I'm lucky if I'm still standin'
> when it's
> done." (thank goodness his wife always turns the
> still off when he
> does pass out!)
>
> Thanks
>
>
>
>

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• Thanks to all. Thanks to the info, I ve figured it all out, and basically concluded that nearly any gas burner will provide more than enough power for my
Message 4 of 9 , Jul 7, 2006
Thanks to all. Thanks to the info, I've figured it all out, and
basically concluded that nearly any gas burner will provide more than
enough power for my stilling needs.

I'll just need to make a few runs to get used to having all that
control.

Just one more question. How much gas do you run through? I know it
depends on your boiler size and whatnot, I'm just wondering if I need
to have several tanks on hand or what. I'm assuming that I'll need
at least 2 standard BBQ tanks so I can fully empty a partial tank and
still have a fresh tank to finish on. It would be helpful to know
for example, "for my x size boiler, I use 10 pounds of propane for a
1.5 hour boil up and a 12 hour distillation."

Thanks again.

On Jul 7, 2006, at 9:48 AM, Link D'Antoni wrote:

> Zapata,
>
> I run on propane. As my stove is electric and
> cycles on and off. Talk about a nightmare!
> I, too, had you quandry.
> I run pot and reflux units. To answer you question,
> I knew about how long it took to get to the IBP
> (Initial Boiling Point) When converting to propane, I
> start off slow and worked up to the valve adjustment
> that works. I marked my valve at two locations, the
> heat up stage and the run stage. btw, my pin valve
> works better as it is better controled and more
> percise for setting to a mark as opposed to the valve
> that requires several turns then hitting a mark. Keep
> your eye on the temp gauge and flame.
> During the heat up stage I can see the flame rounding
> the bottom of the pot. When my top of column temps
> reaches 150ish F, I cut the flame waaaaay back to
> almost a pilot light and slowly bring up from there.
> It did take some practice. But Practice Makes
> Perfect.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Link
>
> --- !Zapata Vive! <zapatavive@...> wrote:
>
> > I'm working on a new stilling setup, and am trying
> > to understand how
> > to relate gas burners to electric elements.
> > Specifically I'm trying
> > to decide how a 60,000 btu gas burner would work
> > compared to say a
> > 1500 watt heating element. The only thing is, all
> > the conversions
> > I've found online require the element of time for
> > the watts, but not
> > the btus. Is this right? I don't really know, but
> > it doesn't seem
> > right. That would make a simple gas burner the
> > equivalent to a
> > 14,000 watt element?
> >
> > Or have I screwed it up somehow? It seems if that
> > calculation is
> > right, then I'd worry about being able to turn the
> > gas burner down
> > low enough to actually be able to use it.
> >
> > Any of ya'll drive on propane instead of
> > electricity? Any insight?
> > I've driven a couple of stills on electricity
> > before, but gas is
> > appealing for my current situation. I have a buddy
> > that drives his
> > glorified pot still on propane, but he's not much of
> > a thinker, he
> > just fills the pot and gets drunk while it runs all
> > day. I can't get
> > much lucid insight out of him other than, "I dunno
> > man, I just light
> > it up, and taste it till it's ready to cut, by the
> > time I make my
> > cuts, I'm so drunk I'm lucky if I'm still standin'
> > when it's
> > done." (thank goodness his wife always turns the
> > still off when he
> > does pass out!)
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
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Message 5 of 9 , Jul 7, 2006
At 11:03 AM 07/07/2006, you wrote:
> I'm just wondering if I need to have several tanks on hand or what. I'm
> assuming that I'll need at least 2 standard BBQ tanks so I can fully
> empty a partial tank and
>still have a fresh tank to finish on.

Visit www.u-haul.com click on "propane & grilling", then "Buy propane
supplies online".

Check out the "Propane Gauge and Leak Detector" for \$19.95.

http://store.uhaul.com/product_detail.aspx?id=3023

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• I get at least four runs a bbq tank, and keep 2 tanks. cheers ... __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail
Message 6 of 9 , Jul 8, 2006
I get at least four runs a bbq tank, and keep 2
tanks.
cheers
--- !Zapata Vive! <zapatavive@...> wrote:

> Thanks to all. Thanks to the info, I've figured it
> all out, and
> basically concluded that nearly any gas burner will
> provide more than
> enough power for my stilling needs.
>
> I'll just need to make a few runs to get used to
> having all that
> control.
>
> Just one more question. How much gas do you run
> through? I know it
> depends on your boiler size and whatnot, I'm just
> wondering if I need
> to have several tanks on hand or what. I'm assuming
> that I'll need
> at least 2 standard BBQ tanks so I can fully empty a
> partial tank and
> still have a fresh tank to finish on. It would be
> helpful to know
> for example, "for my x size boiler, I use 10 pounds
> of propane for a
> 1.5 hour boil up and a 12 hour distillation."
>
> Thanks again.
>
> On Jul 7, 2006, at 9:48 AM, Link D'Antoni wrote:
>
> > Zapata,
> >
> > I run on propane. As my stove is electric and
> > cycles on and off. Talk about a nightmare!
> > I, too, had you quandry.
> > I run pot and reflux units. To answer you
> question,
> > I knew about how long it took to get to the IBP
> > (Initial Boiling Point) When converting to
> propane, I
> > start off slow and worked up to the valve
> adjustment
> > that works. I marked my valve at two locations,
> the
> > heat up stage and the run stage. btw, my pin valve
> > works better as it is better controled and more
> > percise for setting to a mark as opposed to the
> valve
> > that requires several turns then hitting a mark.
> Keep
> > your eye on the temp gauge and flame.
> > During the heat up stage I can see the flame
> rounding
> > the bottom of the pot. When my top of column temps
> > reaches 150ish F, I cut the flame waaaaay back to
> > almost a pilot light and slowly bring up from
> there.
> > It did take some practice. But Practice Makes
> > Perfect.
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> >
> > Link
> >
> > --- !Zapata Vive! <zapatavive@...> wrote:
> >
> > > I'm working on a new stilling setup, and am
> trying
> > > to understand how
> > > to relate gas burners to electric elements.
> > > Specifically I'm trying
> > > to decide how a 60,000 btu gas burner would work
> > > compared to say a
> > > 1500 watt heating element. The only thing is,
> all
> > > the conversions
> > > I've found online require the element of time
> for
> > > the watts, but not
> > > the btus. Is this right? I don't really know,
> but
> > > it doesn't seem
> > > right. That would make a simple gas burner the
> > > equivalent to a
> > > 14,000 watt element?
> > >
> > > Or have I screwed it up somehow? It seems if
> that
> > > calculation is
> > > right, then I'd worry about being able to turn
> the
> > > gas burner down
> > > low enough to actually be able to use it.
> > >
> > > Any of ya'll drive on propane instead of
> > > electricity? Any insight?
> > > I've driven a couple of stills on electricity
> > > before, but gas is
> > > appealing for my current situation. I have a
> buddy
> > > that drives his
> > > glorified pot still on propane, but he's not
> much of
> > > a thinker, he
> > > just fills the pot and gets drunk while it runs
> all
> > > day. I can't get
> > > much lucid insight out of him other than, "I
> dunno
> > > man, I just light
> > > it up, and taste it till it's ready to cut, by
> the
> > > time I make my
> > > cuts, I'm so drunk I'm lucky if I'm still
> standin'
> > > when it's
> > > done." (thank goodness his wife always turns the
> > > still off when he
> > > does pass out!)
> > >
> > > Thanks
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> > __________________________________________________
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