I was just trying to build a heat element control that was easy to put together with off the shelf parts and a little bit of cool factor thrown in for good measure and keep the cost reasonable. I can put the temp probe above the dephlagmater or below it or in the boiler or in my mouth for that matter. knowing everything that you guys do where would be the best place in the distillation process to put a temp probe to control the heat in the boiler?? Just don't tell me to put it up my a-- if you know what i mean..... I am a little sensitive
Thanks again for all the help. Would it make sense to put a thermowell at the base of my column because the temperature will constantly change throughout the run above and below the dephlagmater based on the abv of the vapor??
I have a thermometer in my boiler and in the head chamber above my depllag.
You will make adjustment decisions on your flute using your head temp and your parrot as your guide.
While the temp in the boiler is interesting, it is not of much value. Well, some value.
If you are controlling the boiler heating element with this controller the thermocouple should be placed in the boiler.
I have found (in my limited experience of two runs) that you can drive a flute much faster than other stills if you choose. More power in will put more vapor up the column that a flute can handle.
Running my burner hotter did not change temps much, just ran faster.
I don’t know what the upper limit is. That is when it does not perform correctly because of excessive vapor. It will be fun to learn. The flutes are a hell of a design.