Re: Cooling the condenser
- Interesting take on the subject. everything I've read is always related to electric, i.e. so many watts do this you need this, any way to convert that to gas style burners?
I did try that cooling by running tubing through the ice chute into the freezer, didn't work at all. I also ran a line into my swimming pool in the winter months when I was using electric and that worked pretty good. My system has a heat exchanger with a few 110v computer fans mounted and can reduce the cooling water temp (7 gallons) by 10 degrees in about 15 minutes. I only use that in warmer weather otherwise I just use a transmission oil cooler with a fan blowing on it and depending on the ambient temp I can maintain about 95-120 without any problem during a 4-6 hour run.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jamesonbeam1" <jamesonbeam1@...> wrote:
> Believe you are referring to my statement about water in a bucket with a
> coil to cool a condenser for a pot still. As it turns out, Iker is
> talking about a reflux condenser. Now for a pot still, the average
> water temp should not be that hot - im not talking about the output from
> a liebig condenser that will be much hotter then the input. If you
> review condenser sizing on Tony's site, you will see that he suggests
> the input level to be around 15C or 59F and the output level to be 50C
> or 122F. If the input level is warmer then this, it will increase the
> amout of cooling coil needed.... See Below.
> Now for cooling options, I have heard of many different approaches -
> freezing bottles of ice, running the water thru a car radiator cooling
> coil with a fan, to someone that actually ran their output hose thru the
> kitchen freezer to cool it (must have had an understanding wife lol).
> JB. aka Waldo.
> The hardest bit is the"heat transfer coefficient". This descibes whats
> going on inside & outside the cooling coil or tube, as well as the heat
> transfer properties of the tube (eg plastic vs copper). Rather than
> doing all the calculations, we can use a "typical" value. For
> "organics" being condensed using water in a shell heat exchanger, this
> value can be typically 700-1000 W/m2C. Lets use 850. This is for
> industrial condensors, where the cooling water will be flowing past the
> tube at a fairly good velocity. For the situation where the cooling
> coil is just sitting in a big tub of water (and nothing is stirring the
> water), this value will be more like 100-200 W/m2C (lets use 150
> Just remember that the size of the pot is irrelevent. Its the heating
> element we need to match.
> If you have a "reflux" condensor somewhere in your still as well, this
> will be taking out some of the heat too. Subtract away the amount of
> heat used there, from the total. So then your distillate condensor
> might not be as big in that situation.
> Input your Condensor Requirements Cooling water input Temperature °
> C Cooling water outlet Temperature ° C Tube Diameter mm (1/2
> inch = 13 mm) Heat Input W
> eg "Heating element" - "Cooling done in Reflux condensor" if seperate
> Vapour Temperature ° C Select Heat Transfer Coefficient
> Jacketed Condensor (eg tube condensor) approx 850 W/m2C
> Natural Convection (eg coil in a tub of water) approx 150 W/m2C or guess
> your own value .. W/m2C Typical length needed : m. (
> inches) Typical water flowrate needed : L/min
> Note that you don't need such a long condenser if you keep the outlet
> temperature of the water cold. But then the flowrate of water needed
> increases. Yours to choose.
> --- In email@example.com, "Ed Barcik" <edbar44@> wrote:
> > I have a comment to make on this statement, please tell me what you
> > In reference to:
> > then it should not affect the heat of the still - it should be kept no
> > hotter than 80 to 90F.
> > _____
> > Mike McCaw sent this to me regarding this subject.
> > Turn your cooling water down until it is coming out of the condenser
> > 130-150 deg F. You don't want or need the condensate in the separator
> > module to be cool/cold, just condensed.
> > So what do we all say about this?