bentstick wrote:+1 on bigger is better for final condenser, i figure ya can fit 12 in there with no problem, dont see any reason with that much tubeing to go much longer than 12/14 inches, put the cooling to it and run like hell wont have it!
Holly crap 12 1/2" tubes in a 3" pipe. And I was having problems with 5 in mine.
I can't say as to how much I can really throw at mine. 2700 watts is the most I have at this point. But it knocks down every bit of it. With just a trickle of water. I think you should have a good balance of water mass and number of tubes.
To little water mass with to many tubes you need a ton of water flow. It can handle a ton of vapors but knocking them all down is hampered by how much water flow you have. And flow can be hampered by having to many tubes in the path. The water needs to flow around all of them easily or you will have hot spots.
To much water mass and not many tubes not very much water flow is needed. But it can't handle as much vapors.
When I originally designed mine I had plans to use 9 1/2" tubes 11" long. The shell is 16" long with a gin basket at the inlet end. They will fit if you have a good drill to get the plates drilled right. I couldn't at the time. So I replaced 4 of the tubes with 3/8" tubes. But I think 8 or 9 1/2" tubes 12" to 14" long would work out good. But remember. That sucker will be heavy when its full of water. Hell mines heavy without the water.