any thoughts on size ratios masters?
I have yet to really receive some clear cut guidance here, if there is any...
to reiterate my questions
ratio of column diameter to length of column roughly 1:2?
boiler size to column volume - about 1:1? For instance a 40 inch x 2 column would be around 112 cubic inches, translates to 1.8 liters volume distillate, so 20 liter boiler.
- my thoughts here is that you need to be able to at least keep up with the column volumn so that you can get full reflux of distillate?
boiler size, column volume, heater wattage guideline...I have either an 1800 or 2 KW running my still, research yielded mixed results.
- research on HD has shown that this wattage should be fine, but is there a rule of thumb?
insulating the column should account for losses due to conduction and the increased column length. The T500 stock column is only 23.5 inches in length, the one I will build will be around 40 inches, so I will be coming close to double the length.
ratio of size of leibig or graham to column size?
- for instance if I have a 40 inch column, would a 18 inch graham fairly tightly wound with 1/4 inch, with a 1.5 inch cooling jacket be sufficient? I think definitely so.
ratio of reflux condenser size to total column volume?
- I have seen folks post they are using 8 inch double wound cooling coils, but have also read caution on over cooling. I am thinking of stepping mine down to 6 inches, double wound.
I would like for this thread to one day help out the novices, hence the reason I am trying to consolidate as much engineering information into one spot, and get some confidence on my design ideas.
Cheers and good morning gents!