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Postby nedscreekkennels » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:34 pm

Thinking about building a all copper pot still and wondering about the thickness if copper sheet I need looking to build about a 25 gal pot. I want to build a traditional potstill all copper. have two now made out of 15gal beer kegs but want a all copper for tradition. If tater would be nice and let me have the one in his pic I won't have to build one. Any good places to find copper sheet at a reasonable price in south east US? Scrap yards around here only have 1/2 and 3/4 water pipe.

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Re: copper thickness

Postby Hawke » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:58 pm

I used Online Metals, they are based in Seattle, Washington though, shipping would probably be a killer.
For a pot that size, I would guess a thickness of .035 at least for the bottom half of the pot. Could use lighter for the head and lynearm.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby nedscreekkennels » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:41 pm

Hawke thanks for the info. Just checked out the site only problem shipping to e is almost as much as the copper
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Re: copper thickness

Postby rad14701 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:52 pm

Check around for rolls of copper roof flashing... They are relatively inexpensive compared to copper tube and it can usually be found in 10 - 14 inch widths... The bigger the better for a 25 gallon boiler... I'd go with extra seams if it would save me money... I'm cheap...
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Re: copper thickness

Postby nedscreekkennels » Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:05 pm

rad14701 wrote:Check around for rolls of copper roof flashing... They are relatively inexpensive compared to copper tube and it can usually be found in 10 - 14 inch widths... The bigger the better for a 25 gallon boiler... I'd go with extra seams if it would save me money... I'm cheap...

did not think about that I am not cheap I just like to keep my money
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Re: copper thickness

Postby pumpman » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:50 pm

We used to get copper sheet from an outfit in Georgia but cant remember the name. I'll try to find tomorow and get back to you.
Where are you in the southeast I see some sheet in my local surplus from time to time. Also check surplus metal suplies.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby olddog » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:54 pm

I made the thumper on my Frankenstill out of 1mm sheet, its a bit hard to roll but it makes a solid job.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby Hillbilly Rebel » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:45 pm

Nedscreekkennel wrote, [quote]Any good places to find copper sheet at a reasonable price in south east US?[/quote] What region of what state in Southeastern U.S.?
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Re: copper thickness

Postby nedscreekkennels » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:10 pm

I am in eastern nc with all the military bases around one would think more would show up at the scrap yards. the 1mm thick would be fun on the english wheel in the shop.can find all the fittings and pipe for column stills but hard to come by sheet copper. I guess not enough industry around mostly farming.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby nedscreekkennels » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:38 pm

has anyone dealt with Nimrod Hall Copper Foil Company in virginia thinking of doing a road trip
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Re: copper thickness

Postby goose eye » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:01 pm

call roofin supply house an get some sheets. nb handy best abc so on an so forth.

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Re: copper thickness

Postby pumpman » Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:54 am

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Re: copper thickness

Postby Woody_Woodchuck » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:47 am

Howdy Nedscreekkennels

Not sure exactly what you are looking for, as far as sizes but here are a couple tips. I went through this about a year ago and bought from two places, McMaster-Carr and Ebay.

Mcmaster has C110 sheets from $11.50 to $15.00 a sq ft, depending on size. Shipping was kind of expensive but I got the size and thickness I needed. First delivery came in damaged (BIG forklift dent in it) and they replaced it no problems and replaced it fast! Excellent customer service.

Ebay I bought some thicker stock (.097” x 24” x 24”) for the pot bottom from Shapiro Supply. As I remember the sheet was about $88.00 and it was in my hands for less than $100.00. Excellent packaging and I would happily deal with them again. I am actually thinking of making a 5 or 6 gallon version of what I have now so shopping around for materials again. Attached is a link to their Ebay store, check out the .032” sheets. .032” x 24” x 36” for $72.00, $86.20 including shipping. They have other sizes also, just find what you need. If the link does not work… Go to Ebay, search for “Copper sheet” then choose Online Stores way at the bottom. Shapiro’s name is right under the description, click it and search for what you need. They also have lighter gauge pieces for your cap and all.

Never bought from Online Metals so can not give a first hand rating.

I almost went the piece together route for my new pot, using 4 pieces for the pot itself and riveting/soldering together. I still have the rivets and tools so might go that route for this one just for the look! Good luck and let us know how you make out.

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Re: copper thickness

Postby Hawke » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:17 pm

Only used Online metals the one time. I do live within the same state. Had a question, so called them. Got a real person straight off, and she knew the answers without hesitation.
Within 1 hour of submitting the order, I got a shipping confermation, and the material was at the door within 24 hours. The sheets were packaged to survive a bomb blast.
Definately recomend them for thier service, although shipping cost is a killer for the oversize packages.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby nedscreekkennels » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:45 pm

I have found two sheets of copper roofing that I think I am going to use now just need the time to cut it out and fit it all together prob gonna be a winter project. Thanks to all.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby glassman » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:55 am

quickshipmetals.com is in TN so shipping won't be bad. good prices too. gman
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Re: copper thickness

Postby meangene » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:22 am

Check out these guys. Free Shipping in the CONUS.
http://store.electrical-insulators-and- ... index.html
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Re: copper thickness

Postby Dimestorecowboy » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:31 pm

Thank You Hawke! I was hoping I was going to find someone in our state that had purchased from onlineMetals.com. I live down south a few miles but this place is "local". I like keeping my money local and "some what" non corporate. Gotta keep those Ma an Pop businesses open.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby varocketry » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:47 am

So, what's the consensus on COPPER THICKNESS to buy to construct a 15 -20 gal still?

That seems to have been lost in the discussion above. Or, I missed it.
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Re: copper thickness

Postby southern traditions » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:03 pm

Another source if you have one in your area is Hinkle Metals. Their a HVAC supply house that specialize in sheet metal goods, my local one carries 3x10 and 4x10 sheets of 20 guage/16 oz Copper. Copper prices are down right now so buy while the prices are lower..


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PS, 16oz copper is pretty common for what your wanting to do..
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