19634RE: [new_distillers] Re: Pro's and con's of the Mini Still
- Mar 6, 2006You use a hacksaw to cut the slot.
I made a wooden jig, somewhat like a mitre box, but angled the other
way, to accomplish it. Helps when you're making multiple units.
But others just do it freehand. I made multiple, different angled
slots in the jog to experiment with different angles.
30-45 degrees all work fine, as long as the takeoff tube is covered,
as Alex said.
I make the two plate model, not the single-fixed-plate-with-other-plate-
Vertical spacing of the plates is 1.5" at the closest point, which means
the slots are about 2.5" apart on opposite sides of the pipe.
The takeoff tube hole can be cut before or after the slots. Before
might be easier, as far as starting the slot right at the bottom of it.
After cutting the slots to the required depth, which is just past the
halfway mark (you need a small overlap), I put a small piece of cardboard
into the slot and trimmed it to make a template for the metal plate.
The plates are made from an offcut from the pipe. Cut about 1.5" off the
cut it open and hammer flat, then trace out the shape and cut with whatever.
My hacksaw blade is a bit thinner than the pipe material so the plate
just slide right in. The pipe needs to be secured at the shorter end,
lower (collection) slot upwards, a small block placed under the slot and
downward pressure applied to the long end. This opens up the slot, allowing
the plate to be inserted and gently tapped into place. The plate should be
cleaned and fluxed top and bottom before inserting. It's possiblte to get
a good joint by fluxing only the outside, but I like to be thorough and the
flux probably helps lubricate the insertion, too.
You did remember to make two 1/2" parallel cuts in the plate for the drip
At this point, reach in with a long screwdriver or whatever and bend the
tab down. Solder, flip and repeat flexing, inserting and soldering.
No drip tab in the top plate, of course.
I drill another hole on the same side as the upper plate, halfway between
the plates and angled down the same way as the plates and solder in a 1"
piece of the 1/4" tubing. This holds my thermometer perfectly. It is
just the right diameter so that no vapour escapes and I wrap the
thermometer with a few turns of masking tape to hold it at just the right
depth so as not to be in the runoff stream. Just like a drill depth guide.
Polish the outside, rinse the inside with lots of hot water, maybe even
do a test run with just water to clean out the flux, another rinse with
vinegar and salt, then you should be ready to really produce something.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 2:43 AM
Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Pro's and con's of the Mini Still
Curious question about the construction of the Mini-Still...if it
hasn't already been answered.
How do you get that soldered slanted slate into the piping like that?
I have some left over materials from my previous still construction
that I would love to make this.
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