Re: [new_distillers] Re:What is wrong with Gas/Propane
- My experience exactly, Larry. Good ventilation in the shed plus an ounce of common sense - which isn't very common these days - and one will experience no problems. There is no need to keep the still outside and lose heat if one adheres to ventilation, attention and a fire extinguisher nearby. The extinguisher is there to make one feel good. I've never had to use it.
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> From: Larry <larry@...>
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> Subject: [new_distillers] Re:What is wrong with Gas/Propane
> Date: Mon, 05 Nov:50:04 -0600
> At 03:59 PM 11/05/2007, you wrote:
> > Yes, propane requires CONSTANT attention or alcohol geysers WILL
> > result. Make small increases in burner flame to avoid geysers.
> My propane runs for HOURS with no attention, and I can only guess at what
> an "alcohol geyser" might be, since I've never seen one. I'd figure that
> anyone who HAS seen one was been doing something wrong at the time.
> I have a remote thermometer that alarms when my wash gets up to temp, and
> then I just have to worry about how little heat to put under the boiler, so
> it doesn't cool down below the ethanol boiling-point.
> That part is Trial And Error, but it is with a hotplate too, unless your
> still is in a closed room that has no breezes blowing and is always the
> same ambient temp.
> I check the collection jug about every 20-30 minutes (depending on whether
> I'm liable to get into tails soon) to see if I want to switch it out, but
> after I get the wash up to temp, then get the flame backed down through
> T&E, it simply runs.
> The only special attention it gets beyond that is me I staying close enough
> to see the flickering if I need to run over with the 5-pound fire
> extinguisher, and you need to stay close to a running still anyway.
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- And your definition is slightly decieving with the intonation that a
gas is like a vapour, since a vapour is in a state of equilibrium with
the liquid phase, and a gas is far beyond this equilibrium at
And further, smoke is a product of a chemical change (specifically
combustion), not a a physical change such as vapour or gas states.
Get a better dictionary.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Larry <larry@...> wrote:
> At 06:06 PM 11/17/2007, you wrote:
> >just a breif note on nomenclature here: Fumes are vapourized metal.
> >We are talking about ethanolic vapour here, not fumes.
> No, we're talking about alcohol fumes here.
> I don't know what dictionary you're using, but MINE says that fumes
> Specifically, fume N. 1. Vapor, gas, or smoke, especially if
> harmful, or strong. 2. A strong, acrid odor. 3. Gaseous state of an
> element or chemical compound.