12 Gal. All Copper pot still

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12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:01 pm

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How it all started

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The planning stages- make it all fit on paper first.

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Final fitting on the copper before the first cut.

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All cut out, I used air shears- highly recommend recommend!
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:08 pm

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Plywood disks used for the bottom and top molds.
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Starting to work the edges
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After first round, ready to soften again
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Heating the copper to soften it (heat, work , repeat)
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:19 pm

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Seams used on the pot, thumper, and flake stand

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Assembling (before soldering)
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Soldering
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Welsh seams
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:29 pm

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Thumper bubbler
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Thumper top
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Flake stand
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Completed thumper and flake stand. The only thing I would do differently is add a drain to the thumper, it gets hot when it's full! I charges with 1qt, and holds 2 1/2 gallons. It does not fill up during a run.
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Completed setup
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Bing-Bot » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:43 pm

LOVE THE OLD SCHOOL ELECTRIC! Nice!
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby firewater69 » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:44 pm

Nice work S.B. really like what you did with the thumper!
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Braz » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:31 pm

Gorgeous work!
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:54 pm

Beautiful work. Should be a good demo for anyone looking to do the same.
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby just sayin » Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:13 pm

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Beautiful copper! Great workmanship! Where did you source your copper? Did you use one of Pint's patterns. Thank you for posting it here.
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:46 pm

Yes, it was Pint's plans that were scaled to 12 gallons - tweaked for the 5gal flake stand, and a 2-1/2 gal thumper. On a 3'x8' sheet. Copper was from gutter supply. https://www.guttersupply.com/p-Copper-Sheet.gstml
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby hamshine » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:49 am

That is a very nice still :thumbup: and your handle makes me want cookies..... nice work sir
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby bearriver » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:15 am

Gorgeous work there! I'm gonna bookmark this so I can... "Use it" later. :shifty:
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby just sayin » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:33 am

Thanks for the link! The link showed 16 oz copper. Are you happy with the 16 0z? They are reasonable on the price. Was shipping reasonable?
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:33 pm

The 16oz copper is fine for me, as I went electric (basement). I did double up the copper where I mounted the heating element. I would say go with heavier if heating by flame, at least for the bottom. Once soldered together it is very rigid.

I built this over a year ago, copper pice is about the same, can't remember shipping charges.

After revisiting the build pics, I'm tempted to build another - 6 gallon this time.

I apologize for the turned pics. They WERE oriented correctly before I shrunk and uploaded (from iPad). They must still have had embedded code to rotate.
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby moosemilk » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:35 pm

That sure did turn out beautiful! I used 16 oz as well, even the bottom,and heat on propane. No problems at all, but I agree on thicker. If I do another, I will go with thicker bottom.
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby skow69 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:47 pm

Gorgeous! Welsh seams are sooo cool.
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Ghostpepperman » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:57 pm

Very beautiful all copper setup you have there. :-)
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby dm2211 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:07 am

One word: gorgeous! :D
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby megmoll100 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:53 pm

hey Softbatch
brilliant write up very impressed with your work i am a few years behind you decided to make the same pot and was concerned with using a gas heat source i see from you pictu res you have installed a heating element how did you do this and what did you use as i would like to use a similar option
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Re: 12 Gal. All Copper pot still

Postby Soft batch » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:15 am

On this pot I used a heating element flange. On my latest pot I installed a 2" copper tri-clamp ferrule and a stainless heating element adapter. I would highly recommend the later option - a covering for the electrical connectors is the only obstacle.
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