Originally Posted by rcfreak177
nice shed you have there mate.
Great to see the camping gear stash'd up on the top shelf. Seig X3 machines go well, great bang for you'r buck.
I have had a super X3 for a few years and has never let me down yet. (Also from Hare and Forbes)
Do you have any projects on the go at the moment?
Baz, not quite. Does painting the house over Christmas count?
The Oz tent does not get much use these days, as we moved up in the world
Somewhere near Winton a couple of years ago on the back road to Birdsville.
We try to get away once a year.
Overnighter at Parachilna Gorge, Flinders Ranges about 3,000 km from home.
I joined this forum because I found the Ez runner plans but needed to get a few other projects out of the way first. Before I got to it, one of the bearings in my lathe let go, so that was quite a project!
A guy in my street has the Super X3 set up for CNC and reckons it is not rigid enough and gets chatter on parts. But then again he has a big mill beside it!
Anyway, I have all of the material here to try my hand at the Runner and bought set of reamers for the job. I will get to it eventually once I have my paying jobs up to date.
Looks a nice cozy little hidy hole buddy complete with Home brew yet LOL
Yes Pete, I should knock the dust off the homebrew, I have not used it for a while. I made a still about 10 years ago, sorry I don't have a good pic of it complete but here it is
The column is about 1100 mm long and filled with stainless steel pot scrubbers. It puts out 94% of the good stuff! Around 95% is the maximum you can get in theory without distilling in a vacuum.
Don't know if you know anything about these, but there is a coil of 1/4" pipe in the top section that you run cold water through to condense the vapour, (the pipes up the column are water inlet and outlet). A couple of needle valves regulate the mount that is fed back to the column and out to the bottle. You need to set it up to recover about 1 part in 4. You discard the first stuff (maybe 200 ml). The temp starts at 81 degrees C and rises to sit on 82 degrees during the run.
Before the temp gets to 84 degrees, you make the cut, but run it out and toss it in the pot on your next run.
Fractionating stills like this let the good stuff to condense on the way up, drip off the potscrubbers so it all gets distilled over an dover again for maximum purity. Purer it is, the less room for bad flavours.....
Maybe I should post it in the live steam forum do you think?