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I have just finished what I hope will work to recover the methanol from my byproduct.The pot is made from a 13.4 gallom HDPE tank. How much byproduct can I safely put in there start with?

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Location: Athens Al | Registered: July 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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None , the plastic tank will melt at about the same temperature as the methanol starts to boil .
 
Location: Crosby Tx. | Registered: June 14, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Someone on here,sorry I lost the link to it and dont remember who it was,Made one from a plastic 5 gallon bucket thats not nearly as thick as this is.This one is made just like a 55 gal drum just smaller.
 
Location: Athens Al | Registered: July 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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but what's going to happen to the plastic at 200+F? mehtanol starts to boil off when the pot temp reachs 148F but to get all the methanol out you'll need to heat the glycerine to atleast 200F.
I like to mine to 210-220F.

so forget the plastic tank.

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I think you are mistakenly thinking of a condensing coil that was built into a 5 gallon plastic bucket . That will work for the condenser , but it will not work for the heating tank .
 
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Yup, the condenser was in a five gallon plastic pail, not the boiler pot, go ahead and pour ten gallons of glyc in the barrel then fire up the heating element (do this out in the middle of a ten acre freshly plowed field or ten acre blacktop parking lot) and see what happens, be sure to stay at the edge of the field/parking lot, until the inferno subsides.
 
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The idea for the Boiler part of the system came from Legals page ( http://b100wh.com/recovery1.html#condenser )after rereading that,I'm not sure if its a plastic or metal pail. I guess Legal could tell us.
 
Location: Athens Al | Registered: July 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I am pretty sure the boiler pail is made from metal. Look at the way the handle is attached, it is riveted on. I can' remember seeing that with plastic.


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Yeah thats what i was thinking after looking at it again
 
Location: Athens Al | Registered: July 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Guys,

I used to make lots of Homebrew Beer before moving on to Brewing Biodiesel. How would this work as a small still?? (something similar to Legal's http://b100wh.com/recovery1.html#condenser) Which would be installing a element in the side and seal with "goop".. My concerns are finding appropriate fittings to match the fittings on top of the corney keg to attach the condenser..

thoughts/comments?

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Location: Sweet Home Alabama | Registered: February 07, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Do like I did and grind 'em off. Then weld some stainless or black iron couplings over the holes.Cornelius kegs are great.
 
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Fyremedik,

how did you attach your heating element?

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Beer,
Where would i get one of these kegs?
 
Location: Athens Al | Registered: July 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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You can find them on ebay... Since you are in Athens, there is also vendor in Huntsville that has them also.. http://www.kegkits.com/index.htm

Keep us posted on your progress.


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Location: Sweet Home Alabama | Registered: February 07, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thx,
I see that they only have 5 gallon ones.Thats kinda small. Was Hoping to find something in the 15 gallon range. Any ideas?
 
Location: Athens Al | Registered: July 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Tiger,

In the 70's the soda distributors used a 10 gallon Cornelius Keg. They are highly sought after by the home beer brewing community. You can find them occasionally but they are expensive. ($100+ range)

If you wanted to look at the 15 gallon range, I would recommend possibly using a standard beer keg (15.5 gal - which are also pretty cheap to acquire). There are several websites showing using them to distill alcohol spirits. You would have to cut a hole out in the top and affix your column assuring that their are no leaks.. I think it would be very do-able. Take a look at this site... Page 18 shows how you could do it.. http://www.moonshine-still.com/page18.htm

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Location: Sweet Home Alabama | Registered: February 07, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by Tiger744:
Thx,
I see that they only have 5 gallon ones.Thats kinda small. Was Hoping to find something in the 15 gallon range. Any ideas?


Tiger,

Try your local Pub or bar and talk to the owner about a keg, offer to pay the keg deposit (in NH its $25 bucks) and you might get you choice of sizes. Largest is 15.8 gal.
 
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