Re: [new_distillers] Re: New Build Question. Air cooling? - Car Radiator
- Thank you to all for the input so far.
What I was wondering is if anyone had any experience with using only air cooling.
Since I have the materials to do so, I was planning on finning a copper coil in aluminum and with lightweight baffles have forced air running through it. Much like the top of a Mr. distiller unit, but to a much larger scale. I know water makes a more effective cooling medium simply because cold water is denser than cold air by far. I was curious if anyone has made one of these systems.
The intent is to make a separate condenser unit. that only requires a single electrical hookup and is of light weight.-----Original Message-----
From: jamesonbeam1 <jamesonbeam1@...>
To: new_distillers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 12:26 pm
Subject: [new_distillers] Re: New Build Question. Air cooling? - Car Radiator
Be very careful with any type of used car radiator... No telling what
they were put together with (lead based solder, etc) and what buildup of
unwanted chemicals (bad flavors and worse) may still be in them. Using
stuff like this helped give this hobby its bad name in the early days..
The best solution for cooling in water stressed areas is a closed loop
system with a large tank and re-cycling pump or using an air cooled type
condenser with cooling fins and fan. There are many discussions on this
in the archives here and in Advanced Distillers.
--- In email@example.com, "Johan" <johan@...> wrote:
> I am a newbie and new to this forum and find all the comments very
useful and I am learning every day.
> Will have my still up and running early next year.
> My only comment on using a car radiator and a 12V DC motor is that the
motor will have a commutator and brushes = sparks = fire hazard in an
explosive atmosphere. So placement is very important.
> I am in a water stressed area and will also have to go a water saving
route. The radiator route is one of my options under design.