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  1. #11
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    Re: Water distillation more

    Well I'm finally working on this again. Pretty sure this is a big waste of time and money but......
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    I finally figured/found something to use as nuts on the copper connector, used two conduit nuts and a couple big washers, not sure if this will leak, guess I'll find out in a day or two.

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    Got my pipes soldered together, the top connection I'm leaving un-soldered, (Where it goes from 1" to half inch) if it will hold I can take it apart there to add water. If that doesn't work out I've put a union at the lower point.

    I'm short a straight piece of copper to go threw the wall, getting that tomorrow. I will use that piece of conduit (about 12") to go threw the wall then the 1/2" copper pipe threw that with fiberglass stuffed between the two pipes. I don't think the copper by itself would get hot enough to start anything on fire (the hottest the copper inside got with the other setup was about 240F).

    Outside I will connect the 20' copper coil I have there next to the stove and build a shelf to support a container for it to drip into. The red dot is about where I think I'll come threw the wall.
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    Besides being a waste of time and money what do you think, will it work?

    Thanks ~Mike
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    Re: Water distillation

    Well I finally got it all hooked up today.
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    I've got this dripping into a funnel with a coffee filter into a 5 gallon water jug.

    If I did this right should be a short video of the water dripping from the pipe.

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...43&pnref=story
    Looks better if you click the HD button. Don't know what I did wrong, thought it was supposed to be an embedded video, oh well.

    I'm getting about 20ml per minute so that works out to about 1.2 liters per hour or about 3 hours to distil a gallon of water.

    It took 2 and a half hours to get the 4 gallons of water I put in the pot to boil, with my stove top oven thermometer reading around 400 threw out that time. I think I can cut that down if I bulge the bottom of the pot, for some reason the plate on my stove isn't completely flat and the pot doesn't touch in the middle.

    Anyway it seems to more or less work like I figured, be interesting to see if in colder weather (25 so far tonight) if I'll have issues with freeze ups.

    So now I can get back to woodworking and quit wasting time and money on this goofy idea.

    What do you think of it?

    Thanks ~Mike
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    Re: Water distillation

    Just trying the embed thing again.
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    apparently still wrong.
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    Re: Water distillation

    Yeah I think it will work.

    Cool setup.

    Can you loop it back inside so the final product doesn't freeze outside?

    As far as it being financially feasible? Who cares - it looks like a fun project.
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    Re: Water distillation

    Hey mike - the embed thing in our forum software for facebook is probably outdated which is why the embed thing isn't working. When I get a chance to upgrade our stuff, I'll see if that was addressed.

    Looks good!
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