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Postby LiveFreeorDieTryin » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:20 am

After much reading and research I am beginning my build. Looking at a CCVM using 2" copper pipe. Going for modular design to allow flexibility. So, 48" column packed with stainless mesh (I have about 25 yards of 6" mesh) to 2" stainless tee. 2" copper coninues towards flow to 2" elbow. After elbow reduce to 1" copper then reduce to 1/2" for 3/4"over 1/2" liebig product condenser. Was figuring 36" length on liebig. I will be using stainless flex for reflux condenser and have 2 available for repurpose. Larger is a 5/8 od 1/2 id which has to be pretzel twisted to get in 2" pipe. The other is a 3/8" od 1/4" id which can be coiled tight with nice bottom loop. I would pack either with stainless mesh to fill. Just wondering if y'all think I should go for greater water flow or more efficient shape? Posting picture for reference.
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Re: Starting my build

Postby still_stirrin » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:26 am

I "vote" for the 3/8" CSST.

But it will work almost like a "valve" when regulating the side stream vapor. So, positioning will be the tricky part.
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Re: Starting my build

Postby Klein » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:52 am

I think that the 3/8 would be the better choice, I can't see the 5/8 working nearly as well.
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Re: Starting my build

Postby LiveFreeorDieTryin » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:21 am

Thanks ss and Klein. Need a few more parts and start soldering up. In no time I'll be doing cleaning and sacrificial runs. Got a birdwatchers fermenting for the sacrificial. Gettin excited now. I will post pictures as I proceed. Thanks to HD family for this great resource for the hobby.
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Re: Starting my build

Postby LiveFreeorDieTryin » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:38 pm

Got some work done on my CCVM modular head build today. Have all pieces dry fitted. Just some clean up, flux and soldering. Friend is working on boiler a 10 gallon stainless air brake tank. Starting a birdwatchers fermenting tomorrow for my sacrificial run. Hopefully can get my vinegar cleaning run done next weekend then the sacrificial. 48" column packed with stainless mesh. 48" liebig 3/4" over 1/2" product condenser (with hookline twisted wire method). 1/4" 48" CSST reflux condenser. Need to cut my top piece for adjustability of reflux condenser. Gettin close :egeek: :D
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Re: Starting my build

Postby raketemensch » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:09 pm

Looking good.

You could always pick up some cheap box wine for your sac run and use the birdwatchers for your first real run...
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Re: Starting my build

Postby LiveFreeorDieTryin » Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:19 am

raketemensch wrote:Looking good.

You could always pick up some cheap box wine for your sac run and use the birdwatchers for your first real run...


Thanks rake. The local grocery had sugar (3) 4 lb sacks for $5. Plus I need the practice of process. I am real noob in My Journey here. :esmile:
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Re: Starting my build

Postby kimbodious » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:33 am

5/8" OD CSST works fine twisted like a pretzel in my CCVM :thumbup:
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Re: Starting my build

Postby LiveFreeorDieTryin » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:21 am

kimbodious wrote:5/8" OD CSST works fine twisted like a pretzel in my CCVM :thumbup:


Thank you Kim. I think both will likely work decently. I think am going to try the 1/4" first with 5/8" as fallback. The 5/8" gives me the longer topper piece which is the difference from high and really high for adjusting the reflux. Thank you for sharing your build...it is one of the threads which encouraged me to build my own.

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Re: Starting my build

Postby LiveFreeorDieTryin » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:49 pm

More progress today. Got everything soldered up. Tested my liebig with full water pressure. No leaks and good flow thru twisted wire configuration. Will try to do vinegar clean on modular parts then vinegar cleaning run this weekend. Sacrificial birdwatchers is bubbling away in wait. Gettin close.
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Re: Starting my build

Postby kimbodious » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:57 am

looking good :thumbup:
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