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OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:02 pm

Starting my mini still, why? Once the building bug infects you well it's hard to stop. Also after starting biggish it will be nice to do small test batches. The plan is a 1 gallon pot still, maybe a thumper and gin head later on. Mini flute maybe not.
Received my first part today - a mini sight glass, 1 inch
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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby OtisT » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:38 am

Cool. I can’t wait for the next episode. Where is the sight glass going in your pot still?

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Allmyexsliveinhell » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:18 am

both of you guys are making me want to start a mini boiler build! :thumbup: :idea:

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:19 am

The original plan was to place it on the 3" copper ball that I'm using as an onion, now after seeing the size of the sight glass holder it might be too large for it. Might just place it on the domed lid.
BTW your build is looking good!!

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:24 pm

More shinny parts came in the mail today
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Getting closer to the build :D

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Swedish Pride » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:10 pm

Looking great lad.
Must be something in the air, I just started tinkering with a wee still as well. Mine is going to be even smaller and made from scrap though, yous look like it will be very fancy
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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:22 pm

I'm using some scraps but also some bling :D These showed up today
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4 inch half sphere for the lid and a 3 inch ball for the onion

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby OtisT » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:15 pm

That’s gonna look really nice. Can’t wait to see it all come together. :wave: Otis
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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:30 pm

I wish that it was coming together more smoothly, one issue after another with this build :evil:
First issue was the copper ferules that I ordered are designed to fit inside the pipe, fine for type M but not so much for the thicker type K that I have on hand. I've dealt with that before by turning down the inside diameter of the pipe on the lathe. Well started to setup the lathe (it's used by many different people) and noticed that the chuck key was broken, called it the night and went home discouraged. Ordered a new key from amazon next day shipping got it Sunday night. Went back to the shop Monday morning and noticed that I had ordered the wrong size key. It's 1/4" instead of the 5/16th that I had ordered so a little machining and I had a 1/4" key then I realized that I could of just used a 1/4" socket wrench all along. Chucked up the pipe and tried to true it and noticed the bent shaft on the lathe, put two and two together - the last person to use the lathe probably left the key in the chuck and turned it on :crazy: Spent another day fixing that fuck-up.
Oh and my element arrived and even though the specs for it state 1/2" NPT it doesn't fit my 1/2" NPT triclamp adapter.

Needless to say this build is taking longer than I thought it would.
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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:49 pm

Better progress today :D
A little cutting and soldering and produced this little 4" to 1 1/2" reducer that will be used as the lid.
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Needs a bit of clean up

Sitting on top of my 4" x 18" boiler its a bit less than a gallon
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After being discouraged yesterday just a bit of assembling cured that.

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby OtisT » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:44 am

She’s shaping up nicely. :thumbup: With all those curves, you flute is gonna be jealous. :ewink:

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:02 pm

Getting closer, just some clean up and some cleaning runs to go
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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:39 pm

I definitely need to design a stand to stabilize the tall skinny boiler, she's a bit top heavy
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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby OtisT » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:56 am

She’s looking nice. :D

I just noticed you said “tall skinny boiler.” All along I thought that straight copper pipe section below the onion was a riser to go between boiler and onion. What you have is very interesting. If it’s ready, I would love to see more details and pictures of the boiler, element placement, etc.

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:03 pm

Slightly inspired by Goingbroke's comment in another thread about function rather than form, I added a few more curves to my mini.Hey it's the Italian in me :lol:
I had mentioned earlier about needing to build some kind of stand for her, or at least widen the 4" footprint to something a little more stable. Tall vertical got me thinking about a rocket and with all those curves maybe a Deco one.
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I still have another ring to attach and clean her up.

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby OtisT » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:39 am

That looks really nice OVZ.

After seeing all the gear going on top of that mini boiler and how high it will all be fully assembled, you are right to be concerned that the still will be top heavy when complete. Even with that nice base, you may need to add a sky hook for safety.

Is that boiler 3” in diameter? That should make for a really small min volume. :thumbup:

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:02 pm

OtisT wrote:Is that boiler 3” in diameter? That should make for a really small min volume. :thumbup:

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16" tall by 4" diameter, a bit less than a gallon.

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby Oldvine Zin » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:43 pm

Boiler is finished, well almost it needs a little more stability so going to mount it to an old barrel head.
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3.3 liter to the rim so saying 3 liter capacity, and minimum to cover the element is 500 ML. Should be a fun little boiler for experiments

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Re: OVZ's mini build

Postby NZChris » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:57 pm

You have done some very nice work on this build, OVZ. I'm looking forward to hearing how you like running it.
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