Re: Buying still
- At 02:41 AM 12/24/2006, you wrote:
>If you can't build, spend a few bucks & buy a decent still from one ofMaybe less than that, considering the current price of copper. I went to
>the reputable firms. Many mentioned in the archives & links. It'll
>pay for itself inside 6 months with what you save not buying
Brewhaus and bought an Essential Extractor, pretty much due to a lack of
affordable copper pipe and fittings, OR appropriate stainless-steel pipe
and fittings. It's pretty much the same column that's sold on 3 or 4 websites.
It's nothing special. Except for the Leibig condenser, it would have
amounted to a big piece of pipe with three half-inch holes drilled in it,
two short pieces of half-inch pipe soldered into them, as a column
condenser. The output condenser might have been more of a problem, but I
probably would have used a coil instead of a Leibig type.
But, I was faced with $60 for a Mapp gas rig for the silver soldering, plus
multiple sizes of copper pipe, with wastage on each size. Buying the
stainless reflux column, which could ALSO be used as a pot still, seemed
like the best course, financially. In fact, it still does.
I went to a Lowe's Home Center, and paid $11.90 for a one-foot piece of
copper pipe for a plumbing project last summer. I found the same thing at a
competitor (Home Depot) for $6.50 later, but even at $6.50 per foot for
half-inch (much less in 20-foot sticks), the price of copper is horrible.