the modern distiller

Modified Rig Completed

Still Porn at its best...show us your rig here.

Modified Rig Completed

Postby RealFineShine » Thu May 08, 2014 12:00 pm

Modified my pot still/thumper by adding a couple of plate sections. Each plate sits on the ferrule below it, for ease of removal. I am using a 3-way diverter valve to control water to the product condenser and dephlagamator. The condensers are of the graham type. I am also using a flowmeter to control the water out of the dephlagamator. Pretty happy with the results. I have leak tested the water side with no leaks and am now set to do the cleaning run and then sacrificial run. Once those are done it is on to the good stuff.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
RealFineShine
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:56 pm
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Zombie » Thu May 08, 2014 12:48 pm

Your rig reflects your user name. RealFine! :handgestures-thumbupright:

That is a very cool little rig. One of my favorite elements in any build is the hard line water plumbing. It adds a touch of class to every build, and just looks so much more professional. Nice choice.

What are some of the details? Looks like a 3" column?!? 3-5 gallon boiler?!? What kind of plates?
Do you have any Picts of what it was before modifying?
Are we there yet? :grin:

I may need to be "put down" soon.
User avatar
Zombie
 
Posts: 1589
Joined: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:11 am
Location: The best part of the USA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby RealFineShine » Thu May 08, 2014 1:16 pm

Yeah, its an 8 gallon boiler with 3 gallon thumper with external 1/2" drain trap to boiler. 3" perforated plates, 60+ 1/16" holes with 1/2" downcomer. I can still utilize the pot still head should I want to. Below is the original pot still/thumper. I did move the boiler off the wagon an rerun the boiler output to the thumper so I could still utilize the wagon as the base for the thumper and be able to run the external drain line with trap such that the bottom of the thumper is above the height of the boiler.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
RealFineShine
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:56 pm
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Zombie » Thu May 08, 2014 4:05 pm

That is just too cool. You can pull it up the road, and sell shots along the way.
An IceCream truck for adults.

All kidding aside... what is the bath depth you use for the plates? If you had anything to change what would it be?

Thanks by the way for taking the time to share the info. I'm trying to learn a lifetime worth of column stillin' in a real short time.

I may need to be "put down" soon.
User avatar
Zombie
 
Posts: 1589
Joined: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:11 am
Location: The best part of the USA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby rickyd » Thu May 08, 2014 9:34 pm

RealFineShine wrote:Modified my pot still/thumper by adding a couple of plate sections. Each plate sits on the ferrule below it, for ease of removal. I am using a 3-way diverter valve to control water to the product condenser and dephlagamator. The condensers are of the graham type. I am also using a flowmeter to control the water out of the dephlagamator. Pretty happy with the results. I have leak tested the water side with no leaks and am now set to do the cleaning run and then sacrificial run. Once those are done it is on to the good stuff.

Really as I say to all the builders on here with 100% truthfulness that's half science and the other half art
The Stillin Villain
User avatar
rickyd
 
Posts: 172
Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:44 am
Location: Werribee victoria

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby RealFineShine » Thu May 08, 2014 11:58 pm

Zombie, the plate depth I am using is 3/4". I think the nice thing with the plates sitting on the ferrules is the ease of changing or modifying them if needed. As far as changing stuff, if I had to do it again I might go to a shotgun style product condenser instead of the graham style. I am also very new into this hobby so we will see how it runs. Being in the marine industry I have plenty of fabrication and operation experience. It's just time to keep learning this new hobby.
RealFineShine
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:56 pm
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Zombie » Fri May 09, 2014 3:47 am

Pretty cool stuff. I have decided to build a shotgun PC as well The idea of keeping constant vapor speed makes more sense so the PC can be made shorter than a comparable Liebig style.

I just turned 56 this month, and have been working on boats since I was 13. I specialize in wooden boat restoration but fiberglass fabrication is my bread, and butter.. After all these years I have one thing to say... F' a bunch of boats! :lol:

Thanks, and god speed!

I may need to be "put down" soon.
User avatar
Zombie
 
Posts: 1589
Joined: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:11 am
Location: The best part of the USA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Aussiedownunder » Fri May 09, 2014 8:44 am

Just love the little wred wagen :lol:
If its free pick it up
Aussiedownunder
 
Posts: 200
Joined: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:39 am
Location: Near melbourne airport

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby FourofSix » Tue May 13, 2014 12:16 am

Hey RealFine Would you share with us what brand flow meter you're using and where did you get it?
FourofSix
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:32 pm

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby RealFineShine » Tue May 13, 2014 2:40 am

Hey Fourofsix, yes it is a Dwyer flowmeter, went to their website and then found one on Amazon.com. My original unit is .2 - 2 gpm. However this one is really too big for the application so I just picked up a VFB-81-SSV which is a 6-60 gph. On my latest run I was flowing approx 18gph. Hope this helps
RealFineShine
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:56 pm
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby FourofSix » Wed May 14, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks that helps a lot I have dwyers web site book marked but there are so many choices its confusing.

Do you use the néedle valve on the flow meter? And is 18 gph just the reflux condenser or does the flow meter read the total for the Reflux and product condensers?

Thanks
Fourofsix
FourofSix
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:32 pm

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby RealFineShine » Thu May 15, 2014 6:35 am

I use the 3-way diverter valve to supply the water to both the dephlag and product condensers. Then the flowmeter regulates the output of the dephlag and an individual ball valve is on the output of the product condenser. The product condenser just gets basically set and left alone. No real adjustments. I only end up adjusting the flowmeter (output of the dephlag) and boiler power (propane gas) to control the loading on the plates. These adjustments are very small adjustments. You can have your flow set up differently however I chose to do it this way. Just a matter of preference. Although I always regulate flow on the outlet side of any condenser.
RealFineShine
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:56 pm
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby FourofSix » Fri May 16, 2014 12:49 am

Thanks for the explanation! I was just trying to decide if the stainless steel needle valve on the flo meter was worth the extra money.
FourofSix
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:32 pm

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Sungy » Sun May 18, 2014 12:59 am

I like this a lot. great work....love to see a video
To quote my sister " Why cant you use your powers for good and not evil !"
Now what Kinda fun would that be.....
User avatar
Sungy
 
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:42 am
Location: The Great White North....

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Dist33 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:05 pm

Nice rig, it's like a mini trolley. I agree, with a few truck parts and scraps you can modify something for a food truck? By the way, do you have any video of your rig?
Dist33
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:02 pm

Re: Modified Rig Completed

Postby Copperhead road » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:32 pm

Nice bit of kit realfineshine :handgestures-thumbupright:
Rollin....
"Stillbilly wars is the sound of a propane jet in the dead of night"
User avatar
Copperhead road
 
Posts: 100
Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:05 pm


Return to Show Us Your Rig

  • Who is online

    Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest