tube length for condenser coil

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tube length for condenser coil

Postby spiritsofcatemaco » Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:38 am

I was looking for this now 2 hours without clear detail...

I think 1/4 copper tube is ok, but how much should I need? I calculated about 10 ft for a 12" coil, but Im not shure...
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby rad14701 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:53 pm

The rough calculation is 1 foot of 1/4 inch copper per linear inch of double helix condenser coil... Therefore a single coil will be roughly half that... When in doubt, buy more than you think you'll need... You can always cut is shorter but you can't cut it longer... :twisted:
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby spiritsofcatemaco » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:32 pm

yea I came up with that too, what Um no clear is how many windings i should shoot for....
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby myerfire » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:11 pm

My coil is 12" and each coil is about 1/8" apart, it is a single coil with a cold finger and works great.
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby spiritsofcatemaco » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:24 pm

ok - thank you .. i'll go with this data..
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby rad14701 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:28 pm

A single wound condenser coil may need to be a bit longer, perhaps 30% - 50% longer than a double wound, with or without cold finger... Longer than needed won't hurt unless you have height constraints...
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby trial&error » Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:11 pm

what about adding a coil to the outside of the condenser/jacket

i'm thinking with a single or double coil & condenser/jacket on the outside you should be able to knock down all the incoming vapor with out any problem what so ever
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby new_moonshiner » Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:52 pm

trial&error wrote:what about adding a coil to the outside of the condenser/jacket

i'm thinking with a single or double coil & condenser/jacket on the outside you should be able to knock down all the incoming vapor with out any problem what so ever


May help some but not near as effective as having the alcohol vapors in direct contact with the coil..
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Re: tube length for condenser coil

Postby HookLine » Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:03 pm

Yeah, won't hurt, but I'd stick to just doing a good coil inside the column.
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