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Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby Spud1700 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:19 pm

A second hand stockpot from Vinnies, still head 25mm column to a Liebig. 32mm hole in the lid with a backing nut to hold attach it to the lid,I have made a few of them. Popular with old fellas who want something for their unit they can use on the stove.

Cheap and they work, personally I would say it is to small a boiler but some people want stills for essential oils or they just want to make a 700 ml bottle of spirits once a month.

I had one fella who was extracting some oils from "herbs" and he used to tell me how he would have a hardon for days and how he would halucinate which freaked me out but I thought he may have just been a bit different. When he started about killing his ex wife I stopped emailing him. :confusion-confused:

Edit: you could go a 5 ltr stockpot or a 20 ltr stockpot. Vinnies have them for under $10 you just need to hit the thrift shops to see what size they have there or try another shop or go back once a week.
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby jokkman » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:00 pm

Hi, this is how one "sweed" had solve it for making some essentials oil/flavored spirits in small batch's
The "flavor" is put directly in the pot
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I am not a complete idiot, some parts are missing....
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby jake_leg » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:00 am

ZB's coffee pot still fits the bill. Maybe experiment with an evaporatively cooled coil.
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby Lucky Liqueur » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:28 pm

I use a 10L s/s pressure cooker with a 2inch ferrule welded to the lid - any other holes in the lid are blocked off with s/s bolts.
As I get older I worry about thinking too small.
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby Maheel » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:30 pm

out of date SS fire extinguisher would make a good boiler for one i reckon

many of the pressurized water ones are SS

not sure what the tread in the top is but
VM / Boka / ?
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby jake_leg » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:13 am

law-of-ohms wrote:what about ...
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with a cork in the end to seal it?

http://www.ezylab.com.au/flasks-laborat ... glass.html


You want a round bottom boiling flask for that not an Erlenmeyer.
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby Spud1700 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:29 am

A little dish washing liquid will lube it right up..
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Re: Small Still For Essential Oils Etc

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:19 am

GTH wrote:Agreed regarding the rubber bung. I like having the thermometer there though. Might look for a silicone one or if not maybe just make a bung out of oak and plug the hole up perhaps?

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Is there a reason for ruling out cork? My local hardware has a great assortment, and the white rubber ones are at my LHBS which is almost an hour away.
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and you can eat chicken noodle soup with a crescent wrench. But..
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