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by banjo
Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

I havnt Been able to find much in the way of flute hybrids(or im not using the right terms)... I've been toying with the idea of making a boka-style slant plate built into the dephleg with its own take off port in addition to the normal dephleg & condenser setup. this way I have something to expirim...
by banjo
Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

I tried in the first place hooch, just not enough light in the garage, & I'm not gonna ask Mrs. Banjo to come out and hold a flashlight for me! (and certainly not gonna attempt it blind with my skills. Got a little further, all sight glass assembles on the body, then took the next hole size down i w...
by banjo
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

right on, Ill check that out.. worse comes to worse I'm sure theres a frame and matting shop that can do it for me. to be honest I just don't want the hassle, I've dealt with glass before when i learned a bit about stained glass and i just don't have the touch for it. Im sure i could learn, but I'm ...
by banjo
Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Hahah I can see how it'd look cross eyed... I'll mock it u and see how she looks. Anyone know where to buy borosilicate glass in circles? As far as my stylish Welding boots go : I hope everyone plays as safe as I do. With the stuff we do it easy to get hurt, burnt or poisoned if you're not safe and ...
by banjo
Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

I am thinking of staggering the sight glasses about 15 degrees for a different look. what do y'all think, straight line or staggered?
shess gonna look good!
shess gonna look good!
by banjo
Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

ok, so I'm back. had life get in the way but I'm back on track now and hoping to catch up, heres the latest: Decided I wasn't happy with how the solder joint looked on the fitted cutouts for the sight port holes so i took them apart and redid them with hard 15% silver solder.. I'm much happier with ...
by banjo
Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:05 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

I've actually stalled on working on it. I plan to Finnish it before harvest time this year for my grappa runs. This is the time of year my family and I go camping and to bluegrass festivals and every other week I'm either gone or working, I'll slow down within the next month an get her goin though.i...
by banjo
Mon May 30, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Got my "0" brazing tip on friday and put it to work yesterday, dephleg is gonna be a b****... anywho. got some work done on it and it leaks, ill come back to it later and fix the rest of the leaks. took some 1/2" refrigeration tubing and started on my downcomers. tried bending it and for some reason...
by banjo
Sun May 22, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

. . . . He gave me some general pointers and good advise about the fabrication of the whole thing. Is it pointers you recon some of us poor meek and feeble sots may be able to learn a bit from? All insight is welcome. The build is coming along awesome. I do very much miss not being able to get on e...
by banjo
Sun May 22, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

spent a good chunk of the day yesterday diggin out my new toy from a friends garage... IMG_0149.jpg this morning I went out for a bit and started fooling around with it, I got out my hard solder and started putting the dephleg. together, got half of the innards of it soldered & she is one ugly girl ...
by banjo
Fri May 20, 2011 6:52 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Update. Had a oxy/aceteline torch head for cutting and a #3 brazing tip given to me! No hoses or tanks yet though, gotta go clean a buddies garage for him this weekend and hopefully some will turn up. He thinks he's got some in there somewhere so no telling the condition of it all or the hoses or ev...
by banjo
Tue May 17, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Whats my next move?
Replies: 22
Views: 2437

Re: Whats my next move?

Started a 3" flute build, check it out http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... 17&t=21066
by banjo
Sun May 15, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

ok, Last I posted I was concerned about not being able to see the solder bond to the stainless steel ferrules... Had a welder that normally works with this kind of thing stop by & look at my first two sight ports & he said they look great! He gave me some general pointers and good advise about the f...
by banjo
Sun May 15, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

You said it.
by banjo
Sun May 15, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Ya spook, I dunno what to make of it. but since we both have the same problem I guess it means 1 of two things... either we both got it wrong & made an easy to make mistake, or we both got it right... I only did one of these last night & I guess after hearing that yours looks the same Ill continue o...
by banjo
Sat May 14, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

so, here goes... started by cleaning my copper sight port really well & fluxxed the crap out of the inside and edges of the thing, then warmed it up and let it set. took my 3" ferrule to the disc sander and roughed up the edges and mating surfaces really well. used brake clean on it & went back to m...
by banjo
Fri May 13, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

How is the build progressing Banjo? I'm looking to build my very first still - in a very similar style to yours and olddogs I'd like to make the system fairly modular, I'll draw up some plans soon. I've still got quite a long ways to go on the bubble plate design. I like the 'no moving parts' desig...
by banjo
Thu May 05, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Banjo, A word of caution. I've read somewhere that brake fluid + welding = phosgene gas, a deadly poison. You may wish to confirm whether or not it's true, and also if it would apply to soldering. Acetone should work for cleaning. Also FWIW, Lennox white flux paste (a zinc compound) has worked well...
by banjo
Thu May 05, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

But with what I see that damn copper to stainless is getting the oxy/acetylene treatment at work next week. Be careful banjo -- it's not a lack of heat. You'll have plenty of heat with MAPP (or propane for that matter). It's about proper preparation and follow through. As a reminder I keep several ...
by banjo
Thu May 05, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

U.A.G: I'm sure youre right about the heat. I struggled for over an hour with multiple attempts & failing, stopping, cleaning, sanding, cleaning, fluxing, failing again. Huge bummer but it was a learning experience. My only success & thin hat taught me ANYTHING was taking two pieces of dirty scrap s...
by banjo
Wed May 04, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

This stuff is waaaaay hard to work with with my little mapp torch... Super super frustrating. So, I took a step back and approached my heat problem a few different ways and still nothing. I know it's a heat issie because I can braze copper sheet to copper sheet with some trouble, needing to manage h...
by banjo
Wed May 04, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Looks like I've got a couple things to try. I reckon I'll first: clean & prep everything, Rough up the stainless, Question: should I tin with hard solder or soft solder? Does it matter? Tin both copper and stainless, Put em together & heat while filling with hard solder. Hopefully I can try and star...
by banjo
Tue May 03, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Well shoot... after I told somone I ordered hard silver solder a buddy comes up with a pound and a half of harris 15%... just my luck! hopefully I can get some stuff done after I get back from camping! I'll keep y'all updated. edit: one more thought. anyone think I'd be better suited taking the stai...
by banjo
Mon May 02, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Got my 2x3" reducer today - aperently it was mis-shipped :thumbdown: ... still waiting on hard solder & flux. :yawn: No new news to report till I get it. I'll be goin' camping over mothers day weekend so probably wont have news till Monday.
by banjo
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Is there a specific flux to use with the rods? I'm sure they take more heat than the low temp soft solder flux I use, what's should I look for? Aldso, what should I get for hat sil fos 15 if I want to use it? I've never done any brazing before and don't quite understand " liquidus or solidus" on the...
by banjo
Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Wow, here I was thinking I was gonna spend 5 times that much... You're a hero KS! I called my buddy about getting the chunks welded and one of the two welders said he wouldn't touch them for fear of messing them up, the other was out on a job site so they havnt been welded yet. He did say I can have...
by banjo
Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

that could be a problem. I dont think a standard 1/2 NPT female will be deep enough.. Is there any way you can turn down the shoulder on the thermometer? If it's a standard thing I'm sure I can mak wit work, I dunno how much I wanna mod the thermometer though. Maybe I'll find the right fitting In c...
by banjo
Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

Just went to a welding shop during lunch and priced 2 different hard solders. One was silv aloy 15 and the other was sil fos 15. Looking at the MSDS they both only contain copper silver and phosphorous so they would be safe but damn... The price! They were both in the $150 USD range! I knew they'd b...
by banjo
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

kept on truckin tonight... got the end caps for the dephleg. & condenser done. I dont have any drill bit size larger than 1/2 inch so I improvised. I first cut out a round with tin snips from what used to be copper flashing, then fit it to the inside of the pipe. then I drilled the 1/2" holes in the...
by banjo
Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: iFlute - 3" build
Replies: 83
Views: 6638

Re: iFlute - 3" build

I'm still waiting on my 2x3" copper reducer, I'll finish up work on the down comers & plates untill I get it. Once I get it I plan on soldering the base of the column on up with the sight glasses & easy flange at the top of the flute body. If it dosn't come before then, then I suppose I'll start on ...