How often to clean copper condenser coil?

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How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby Manback » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:11 pm

This may (probably will) seem like a stupid question, but if it's here I can't find it.. the search function on phpBB forums is a little average I guess.. how often would I need to clean the oxidization from the coil? Every run?

This is something that to be honest I hadn't thought about til now, just realised I'll have to make the top removable.. or could I just run the vinegar solution or whatever it is down the column and kinda.. shake it around? No big deal if the head needs to be removable, just means another $30.00 on those damn RJT fittings :P
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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby olddog » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:16 pm

If you run your still on a weekly basis just hose the column out, if you are going to leave your still unused for a while, just run a vinegar / water mix through as per a cleaning run.


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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby kiwistiller » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:37 pm

the HD google search link at the top of the page is very useful :)
A lot of columns aren't even capped - the condenser just sits in the top.
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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby Manback » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:33 pm

Thanks olddog

kiwistiller I really want a cap.. dunno why but I do :lol:

If I can just clean with a vinegar run then I guess the top can be all tigged up (bar the vent of course).. schweet.

Just tried the Google Search.. can't believe I didn't see it.. what a fool.
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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby rad14701 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:54 am

My entire rig never gets anything other than a quick rinse after each run and that has been enough regardless of still size being used... The reflux condenser stays squeaky clean due to all of the high temperature high proof ethanol vapor it gets exposed to...
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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby ScottishBoy » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:57 am

When you say "squeaky clean" do you mean that it continues to look like shiny brand new copper or that it has the basic light brown patina, maybe with some streaks?
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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby MuleKicker » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:47 pm

olddog wrote:If you run your still on a weekly basis just hose the column out, if you are going to leave your still unused for a while, just run a vinegar / water mix through as per a cleaning run.


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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby rad14701 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:08 pm

Patina is a must...
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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby Samohon » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:20 am

MuleKicker wrote:
olddog wrote:If you run your still on a weekly basis just hose the column out, if you are going to leave your still unused for a while, just run a vinegar / water mix through as per a cleaning run.


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Re: How often to clean copper condenser coil?

Postby MuleKicker » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:01 am

you got a good one, keep her
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