To be fair, despite the problems I've had, which I consider part of the learning curve, I'm happy with both my stills.
If I hadn't been quite so adventurous, in pushing the boundaries on what my table top model would do, I wouldn't have had any problems at all i.e. when I follow the instructions properly/closely/religiously, then it does "exactly what it says on the tin", but I've been getting "delusions of grandeur" with it and trying to do stuff that's it's not really designed for (actually it's designed for purifying water
I often read the threads here at homedistiller and find myself being quite envious of some of the "good ole boys", inasfaras they have more room/space/land to be able to play more with different designs in a discreet way, I don't have that luxury. Not forgetting the much bigger market for parts and equipment enjoyed by the good citizens of the US. Here it's a lot harder to get, for example, copper sheet and tubing (larger than 22 mm), to be able to build a DIY model. If I could locate, easily, the parts and equipment I'd have built something long since.
Hell, even getting hold of a stainless beer keg to modify isn't easy!
Suffice to say, that I follow both sides of the argument and admire greatly the points raised.
It's about what suits a particular person. As a town/city dweller, the table top model and the 25 ltr reflux model I have are eminently suitable for my location. Oh and also that even the cheapest agricultural land in my area (limited though it is), costs about the 20,000 $US per acre. Out of my price range!
What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away. Tom Waits.