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Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby BumArmBob » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:57 pm

My wife keeps me out of the kitchen for the most part because she has some cool cooking toys and doesn't want me to play with them.
My new 6 gallon still is due to be delivered any day now and I was contemplating on what to use for a heat source.
Well, I happened to stumble onto an old electric griddle that she has stashed. It works and can set the heat settings up to 400*.
Would this griddle work or have enough power to use it as a heat source?

Thanks for any input you can give!
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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby cranky » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:06 pm

It likely wouldn't be a good heat source because it will probably cycle on and off causing stability issues and smearing. That said, it might beat nothing.
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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby StillLearning1 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:51 pm

Get yourself a good propane turkey burner. One that will hold a keg for the future! That will be your quickest and easiest route to take.

Outside of that your looking at using heating elements, plenty info on those here.

I guess you can mod the electric burner to make it not cycle, seems like alot of hassle to me..but im not an electronics kinda guy.
But what the heck do I know.....I am still learning.
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Postby NZChris » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:17 pm

StillLearning1 wrote:I guess you can mod the electric burner to make it not cycle, seems like alot of hassle to me..but im not an electronics kinda guy.

It's a piece of cake for most Sparkeys. Shout one a beer or three if you can't work it out yourself.
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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby Jes2xu » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:15 am

Could look at working out a heat sink to use between the still and heat source to cut down the issues of cycling?

. . . . far from ideal, but I guess you could limp through untill you find something else in the kitchen that can be stolen . . . ahhh ummm . . .re pourposed :wink: :ebiggrin:
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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby NZChris » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:39 am

Jes2xu wrote:Could look at working out a heat sink to use between the still and heat source to cut down the issues of cycling?

. . . . far from ideal, but I guess you could limp through untill you find something else in the kitchen that can be stolen . . . ahhh ummm . . .re pourposed :wink: :ebiggrin:

Far from ideal. There are plenty of good solutions, most of them cheap, all of them suggested on this forum. Use the HD Google search near the top of the pages.
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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby Jes2xu » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:11 am

NZChris wrote:
Jes2xu wrote:Could look at working out a heat sink to use between the still and heat source to cut down the issues of cycling?

. . . . far from ideal, but I guess you could limp through untill you find something else in the kitchen that can be stolen . . . ahhh ummm . . .re pourposed :wink: :ebiggrin:

Far from ideal. There are plenty of good solutions, most of them cheap, all of them suggested on this forum. Use the HD Google search near the top of the pages.


Yup I know, Just offering a potential solution to use what he has
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Postby Oldvine Zin » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:59 pm

Jes2xu wrote:
Yup I know, Just offering a potential solution to use what he has

No, just better to go with something that is proven to work. There are many issues to deal with when you are new to distilling so introducing something that doesn't work just compounds the learning curve.

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Postby Jes2xu » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:17 pm

Oldvine Zin wrote:
Jes2xu wrote:
Yup I know, Just offering a potential solution to use what he has

No, just better to go with something that is proven to work. There are many issues to deal with when you are new to distilling so introducing something that doesn't work just compounds the learning curve.

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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby shadylane » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:28 pm

BumArmBob wrote:

...My new 6 gallon still is due to be delivered any day now and I was contemplating on what to use for a heat source.
Well, I happened to stumble onto an old electric griddle that she has stashed. It works and can set the heat settings up to 400*.
Would this griddle work or have enough power to use it as a heat source?

Thanks for any input you can give!

If that's what you have, go for it
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Re: Was just nosing around the kitchen.. Will this work?

Postby OtisT » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:04 pm

BumArmBob wrote:My wife keeps me out of the kitchen for the most part because she has some cool cooking toys and doesn't want me to play with them.
My new 6 gallon still is due to be delivered any day now and I was contemplating on what to use for a heat source.
Well, I happened to stumble onto an old electric griddle that she has stashed. It works and can set the heat settings up to 400*.
Would this griddle work or have enough power to use it as a heat source?

Thanks for any input you can give!


Hi Bob. Sorry bout the arm. ;-)

I use a hotplate with some success. I purpousfully researched and bought one that was the "best" professional kitchen grade appliance, proven to run continuously 18 hrs a day, day after day. Broil King, 1500w. Ran me $140, and has been great for over two years now. Not sure how your will compare.

I use an allumininum heat sink when doing spirit runs, and have never had an issue with steady heat. I started fractioning with what I had, a 7 lb al disk, and while that was steady I seemed to leak a lot of power. I recently bought a smaller 3 lb al block (9" x 9" x 1/4") and my output increased with no heat consistency issues.

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