Thanks for the reply Virgil,
I responed to this once, but Yahoo must have glitched...
I have my cap about done. It looks like a chimney pipe cap/plug. sticking off the top of the still. It came out fairly well, I cut the top rolled edge & handle off & crimped the cut edge. I will use flour paste for a better seal around the cap during the run.
I am still contemplating my vapor escape. I really want to come off the top of the cap(bottom of bucket)because of the nice flate surface. I want to put a copper 90 degree fitting coming out of it which will attach to the copper worm. Do you think a 3/4" fitting out the top would suffice?
To answer your question. I plan on running the unit hard with vinegar & salt to clean out any impurities that may have accumulated over the years. I plan on leaving the copper as-is I dont want to polish off any history of the still, just add more!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, virgil hoskins <varminteater2003@...> wrote:
> Hi JJ,, that great that you found your top, and your on your way again
> I was just a a shop tonight and seen a stainless steel dog water dish that would have worked
> for a top,, so cool a copper pot sounds great ,, and for your question ,, your beautiful antique pot
> pretty much had there liebig or steam cone/ or pipe came out the side to a thump keg and then to a cooling coil
> and down into a barrel with water to cool the shine steam and then collected in jars or jugs.
> just a good old family still.
> now as you look farther into our stills you`ll find different still tops for different areas,,,
> none were streight up pipes like the new reflux stills we have today.
> my quetion back toyou is how are you going to clean your pot out before you use it ,, and how?
> next ,, are you going to shine the outside as well or keep it antique?
> From: johnjab01 <johnjab01@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 2:07 PM
> Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Pot still cap
> OK...I'm in the process of making my own cap. One question I have, should I have the cap discharge out the top, or out the side? I found a 6" dia copper bucket that I'm going to modify to fit, so the top of the cap will be the flat bottom of the bucket.
> I have seen stills discharge out the top & out the side. Which do you think is best, or does it really matter?
> --- In mailto:new_distillers%40yahoogroups.com, virgil hoskins <varminteater2003@> wrote:
> > Good morning JJ
> > Well it looks like a high dollar fix to plug a hole that size,, would you be willing to cut the threaded area
> > out/ off and replate it with a 2in, threaded hole ?,, is the area rounded or flat?
> > if its flat you can have the hole tapped already before installing it,
> > if it is a round area, the plate may have to be installed first then taped/ well or soldered in place
> > to form with the curved area,, and i dont like the idea of using brass in a still ,,copper or stainless only
> > let us know what you come up with,,do you have a machine shop close to you?
> > they will tap your 2in, hole pretty fastÃÂ ,
> > virgil
> > ________________________________
> > From: johnjab01 <johnjab01@>
> > To: mailto:new_distillers%40yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 3:16 PM
> > Subject: [new_distillers] Pot still cap
> > ÃÂ
> > Does anyone have a good source for brass/copper threaded caps? I dug up an old pot still that has a threaded opening of 5 13/16". I'm trying to come up with a cap to make it functional again.
> > Thanks......JJ