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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby zapata » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:30 pm

Interesting experience mud. I haven't run into those problems....yet. I guess we'll see if they pop up as I get more runs on her.
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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby Hound Dog » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:31 pm

I don't distill on he grain so I might be bias. I started with propane. Used various burners and did ok. Then I stuck a couple electric burners in my kettle, built a controller and have not looked back. Besides ease of control and not hearing the roar of the burner I especially enjoy not having a raging heater going in my garage when it is 95 degrees outside with humidity so thick you need scuba gear to walk around.
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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby Yonder » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:54 pm

Second that, Hound Dog. Hottest weather in a hundred years right here, right now. And me with a 3d gen UJSSM slowing down. 95 in the shed and no way to get that temp down when its time to run. :ranting: Havin an electric element in the boiler is the only way to live. Decent control, no excess heat, and no danger of igniting fumes. :8)
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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby ElectricEd » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:05 am

I have gas pot and spirit stills and an electric continuous stripper.
By comparing the output from all I have found that electricity is about 10% cheaper than using LP gas.
Also a lot safer than running a gas driven BOKA, probably the most dangerous configuration possible.
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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby Tracker » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:12 am

Quote Electric Ed "Also a lot safer than running a gas driven BOKA, probably the most dangerous configuration possible."


Just wondering why you consider that particular configuration so dangerous?


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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby Saltbush Bill » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:06 am

Tracker wrote:Just wondering why you consider that particular configuration so dangerous?


Bokas can and will flood if operated badly, when that happens they can shower the operator, the boiler and other surroundings with high proof alcohol. Most stills wont or cant do that because of the nature of their design.
My 3 inch Boka is the only still that I own that I run on electricity.....all others are gas and will stay that way.
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Re: Gas or electricity?

Postby Hound Dog » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:04 pm

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Tracker wrote:Just wondering why you consider that particular configuration so dangerous?


Bokas can and will flood if operated badly, when that happens they can shower the operator, the boiler and other surroundings with high proof alcohol. Most stills wont or cant do that because of the nature of their design.
My 3 inch Boka is the only still that I own that I run on electricity.....all others are gas and will stay that way.

100% right here. When I was getting started and suffered through the ssssllllllooooooowwwwwwww 2 inch boka I had over propane I had this happen but by a fluke I had a vent ube rather than an open top and it was angled so the alcohol spurted away from the still just enough. Was a butt puckering moment though. When I built my 3 inch, I put a sight glass in the side of the clump right at the top above the packing so I could see where things were. Found this helpful.

I am generally lazy, oh I mean I believe in "work smarter not harder" so I switched to electric. I just find it easier.

Have to comment on the stainless. :soapbox: The heat transfer thing is just hogwash. Don't think stainless transfers heat? Touch it, I dare you! :shock: I use a stainless condensing coil and have a stainless shotgun, they bothb transfer heat fine. Sure in a science lab the thermal transfer is different. In your garage using a blazing propane burner or way overpowered water heater burners? Not so much. Run what ya got!

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