> The stills a reflux with extended 3 ft column filled with media I
> think the element is 1700 watt.
What style still is it ? One with cooling tubes through the column (ie
StillMaker, Euro), or one where you have more control over the reflux (ie
Nixon-Stone) ? And what diameter is the column ?
To be able to decrease the reflux ratio (and thus collect the distilate
faster), you need to get the column working better for you. The options are
1) improve the packing. What sort of "media" is in it ? If not stainless
steel scouring pads, I'd suggest that you try it with them.
2) increase the packed length. Add another 2+ foot to it (I just added
another foot to my column height, and its increased its take-off rate)
3) make sure the packing is working properly - not overpacked too tight, no
channels through it, the reflux is encouraged to distribute itself out over
the packing, not just run down the walls, that its first dripped into the
center of the packing - not just left to its own devices.
4) help the column maintain equilibrium - smooth application of heat to the
boiler (no thermostats that cut in & out), insulate the column, and if it
has cooling tubes through the column (oh no ... Tony's on his hobby horse
again ...) remove them and find a way of making the reflux from the top of
With 1800W (not much more than you), I'm able to do a 25L wash, taking 1
hour to heat up, and less than 3 hours to collect the distillate. Its a
1.5m column, 50mm diam, packed with scrubbers.