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Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:58 pm

Ok I sourced some3'x 3" copper for about 50 usd. So I tried to make a sight glass as per OD instructions and it came out great. So my question is being how my flute build is a little ways off can/ should I mount this sightglass onto my Boka just for fun of watching the action inside or would it just be a steamy mess?
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Braz » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:55 pm

Good question. I'd like to know the answer too.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:08 pm

Maybe at the coil to watch the condensation.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Kentucky shinner » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:21 pm

I dont know that you would see much going on inside the bok. But if it were me and I wanted one I think I would put it below the bottom plate and you could see how the distillate was being returned in the column and you could also see when the column was flooding..
I honestly think I would not put it on my bok though.. it needs to be insulated and that could cause a cool spot on the column?
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:43 pm

I figure on the column it could interupt the reflux
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rednose » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:58 pm

Well, a sight glass, or some of them, are used more in a plated still that needs a cooling management like my twins or the flutes which OD started and made it a very popular home still for the real great results which can be archived in pot or reflux mode just managing the cooling water flow in the dephlagmator.

If you like some entertainment I would set it direct under the bottom plate, a bit higher than the packing, you would be able to observe the reflux and some action in the packing.

To make sure where this point is you could cross a 10 gauge copper wire at it's place to stop the packing from going higher.

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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:08 pm

What about a removable section right above the packing ? Just a coupled and short section of 2"
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rednose » Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:13 pm

rockchucker22 wrote:What about a removable section right above the packing ? Just a coupled and short section of 2"

Making it removeable it would cost you some fittings.

In case you don't want it there, where else it would be util?

I would solder it fixed.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:18 pm

Thanks for the help Joe, I'm just going to go for it and see what happens. :mrgreen:
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Kentucky shinner » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:10 pm

Go for it dude.. Look forward to seeing the results...
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:19 pm

Ok I just finished shapeing my sight glass brass union to fit 2" tube so there will be no internal interference. Tomorrow I will get the glass and solder it on..hole saw the pipe and give it a go.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Braz » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:14 am

You know we want pictures, right?
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:16 am

Braz wrote:You know we want pictures, right?

OH YEA! I have been taking pics my problem is I'm on the worlds slowest internet so I takes hours to upload them all. I'm too involved in other stuff to wait too long!

Ok today I got some 4" copper!!! 3' for 60 usd. Not too bad, my question is 3' enough? I also have a plan for adjustable or removable plates. Stainless allthread as the center suport rod. Now I need reducers :esad:
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:19 am

Also had a friend give me a sheet of copper about 12"x 16" should be good for the plates.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Kentucky shinner » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:21 am

rockchucker22 wrote:
Braz wrote:You know we want pictures, right?

OH YEA! I have been taking pics my problem is I'm on the worlds slowest internet so I takes hours to upload them all. I'm too involved in other stuff to wait too long!

Ok today I got some 4" copper!!! 3' for 60 usd. Not too bad, my question is 3' enough? I also have a plan for adjustable or removable plates. Stainless allthread as the center suport rod. Now I need reducers :esad:

3' is pleanty I used 25" in mine.. 20" in the column and 5" for the dephlagmator.. Your on your way..
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:26 am

I feel rediculous, so excited like my son on cristmass.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Kentucky shinner » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:30 am

I know the feeling... Enjoy it brother... building his half the fun for me...
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:49 pm

I think that is a big part for me, the challenge of the build then to have it really work!
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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:14 pm

Ok I got the sight glass soldered on but no glass. The glass place said their circle cutter wont go that small. :esad:
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Re: Sight glass

Postby Kentucky shinner » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:26 pm

what size do you need.. I have a cirle cutter and it cuts 1-1/8" If that will work I will send you some glass already cut.
you can get the size you need off of ebay I think.. That is where I got mine. It came from japan but I got it in about a week.
5 bucks I think
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Re: Sight glass

Postby olddog » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:30 pm

You can get various sizes off Ebay, thats where I got mine.



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Re: Sight glass

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:32 pm

Kentucky shinner wrote:what size do you need.. I have a cirle cutter and it cuts 1-1/8" If that will work I will send you some glass already cut.
you can get the size you need off of ebay I think.. That is where I got mine. It came from japan but I got it in about a week.
5 bucks I think
Ah e-bay thanks!
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Re: Sight glass

Postby DorianGray » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:27 pm

hi guys, what is the name of the plumbing part you use to house the glass?
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Re: Sight glass

Postby still crazy » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:52 pm

Here is a vendor for sight glasses

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Re: Sight glass

Postby WalkingWolf » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:58 pm

Advice- For newbies, by a newbie

kook04 wrote: maybe cuts are the biggest learning curve, here.
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Re: Sight glass

Postby DorianGray » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:30 pm

those copper unions are the trick, any clue where i can find 4" brass or SS ones? or maybe its cheaper to design my own?
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Re: Sight glass

Postby olddog » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:00 pm

Have you got Bunnings in NZ, thats where I got mine.


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Re: Sight glass

Postby DorianGray » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:42 pm

yea we have a bunnings warehouse, but there supply is slack, the dont have anything of a decent size, and the price they are asking for them is highway robbery, anyone have any other suggestions? OD could you PM me your instructions on how you made them?
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Re: Sight glass

Postby olddog » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:13 pm

Here's the link to how I made the sight glasses viewtopic.php?p=6833967#p6833967


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