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MarkostheGnostic
09-04-2011, 08:51 PM
I do not know this person, but his glassware is impressive. I couldn't help but notice the stained glass window with the O.T.O logo on it. I like the Christian symbols, but the OTO is anything but Christian. Moreover, Crowley did not have much to say about alchemy, and he even fought his young secretary, Israel Regardie, over the matter. Nevertheless...

http://alchymie.ca/Bin/The%20Home%20Made%20Laboratory.pdf

Ghislain
09-05-2011, 05:38 AM
Thanks for that link MarkostheGnostic

Got some good inspiration from it; and I must
agree...the glassware is very impressive.

Ghislain

MarkostheGnostic
09-05-2011, 06:28 AM
Thanks for that link MarkostheGnostic

Got some good inspiration from it; and I must
agree...the glassware is very impressive.

Ghislain

I found Steve Kalec's site through this person's site, whom I've written to and received back an offer to help, if I need it. He too has a dedicated laboratory.

http://www.alchymie.ca/labsetup.htm

http://www.alchymie.ca/index.htm

Donna Matrix
09-07-2011, 08:02 PM
Thanks for posting these pics Markos!

MarkostheGnostic
09-07-2011, 09:41 PM
Thanks for posting these pics Markos!

Your welcome. I've always been fascinated by what I used to call as a kid, "Tough-o apparatus!" :D

I often look for people's alchemy labs...

http://i53.tinypic.com/35a693a.jpg

http://i56.tinypic.com/eq5dmq.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/2modzrs.jpg

...but I've also discovered a very cool biochemist at shoomery.org, who generously provides me with information about laboratory equipment. He directed me to the proper vacuum pump, for example, which I won on ebay. It's just like the one pictured below:

http://i52.tinypic.com/11ayc69.jpg

MarkostheGnostic
09-07-2011, 09:58 PM
Also, I've marveled at the beauty of copper stills, such as these. Pricey, and not practical for anything other than distillation of potable spirits (although rotating column stills are for steam distillation of herbs), I might buy a tiny one for display only one day.

http://www.copper-alembic.com/shop/index.php

http://i54.tinypic.com/2n88xt3.jpg http://i55.tinypic.com/9u1c9t.jpg

D.Trout
05-11-2012, 12:01 AM
I've got the exact same model of copper still that's pictured on the left there, (the cask hood alembic.) Same size too, from the look of it, (the curcubit holds about a liter.)

They ARE pricey, but I got a good deal on it on eBay, otherwise I'd have never managed to get one.

I've done a couple hydrosol distillations with it, and am still tinkering with the best setup. I've gone to a hotplate for heating rather than the alcohol burner, (the burner I'm sure works well for alcohol, but it's just too bloody hot for herbal distillations,) and am probably going to experiment with a water bath for it. I JUST got a separatory funnel yesterday, (for extracting essential oil from hydrosols. I primarily got this setup for essential oils.) and I've got a distillation flask on the way to me now. I'm going to pick up a few more pieces of lab glass over the next couple weeks, and combine that with some canning jars, various bottles, etc to begin some spagyrics.

I'd like to get a aquarium pump for circulating water through the condenser, but I haven't found any that have connectors for tubing. Can anyone direct me to a specific make or model that you've found works for what you need?

Thanks in advance, and thanks for the inspiration thusfar!

MarkostheGnostic
05-11-2012, 01:19 AM
Where do you live?

D.Trout
05-11-2012, 11:00 AM
Southeast Ohio.

MarkostheGnostic
05-11-2012, 07:28 PM
I bought my small 110v fountain pump at The Home Depot, out in garden department. You can definitely get the clear tubing for it there. I also use a small cylindrical IglooŽ cooler for reusable ice blocks, into which I place the pump. I have to prime it because it sits on the floor and it only pumps about 4 vertical feet, while the condenser is at 5 feet, so I lift the cooler until the water exits the condenser tube, then set it back on the floor where gravity pulls and the pump pushes.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-110V-3W-Submersible-Water-Pump-Aquarium-Fountain-Pond-Pump-US-Plug-04997-/200739780279?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebd05f6b7#ht_3316wt_1074

D.Trout
05-12-2012, 03:39 AM
Thanks so much, Markos.

"Thou marshallist me the way I was going, and such an instrument I was to use..."

What you're describing for your condenser feed is almost exactly the setup I've been planning: (Cylinderical igloo cooler with the reusable ice packs with gravity feed out of the condenser.)

I might slip out tomorrow and pick up one of those and try to get the setup running.

All the best!

-D

MarkostheGnostic
05-12-2012, 06:10 AM
You can see the cooling system in this pic.

http://i45.tinypic.com/vgom51.jpg

D.Trout
05-12-2012, 07:14 PM
It's odd how the universe sometimes has to "pitch them to us slow" until the blatantly obvious dawns on us.

So today, on Markos's advice, I went to our local Lowes hardware store to take a look at fountain pumps. I had thusfar been looking in pet stores, and found nothing suitable for my needs, (aquarium pumps often only need to circulate water, so they just have a filtered uptake and a "jet" output to keep the water in the tank moving. I obviously need tubing connectors.)

Everything at Lowes was too powerful for my needs, so I came home to order from the eBay link provided above. While we were out, we also stopped at a thrift store, where I picked up an igloo water cooler, (to feed the condenser,) a styrofoam cooler to convert to an incubator, and a small pot to turn into a water/sand bath for my copper and glass stills.

My wife is a Licensed Massage Therapist who had her own offices up until recently, (now working through a local salon.) Many moons ago, we'd purchased a cheap, but attractive fountain to decorate her office, (with a candle and smooth river rocks in the bottom.) Just TWO DAYS ago, she was saying to me that she'd never even plugged it in, (because while running water is relaxing, it often induces the urge to urinate, which can be very uncomfortable when you're undressed and under a towel on a massage table.)

Two days ago, that had just passed right by me without anything even dawning on me.

So, this afternoon when I got home, and Jen happened to mention "Well, you know you can get exactly what you need on eBay..." It just struck me. I stopped, went over, pulled the pump out of the fountain, and handed it to Jennifer. At which point, we both just started laughing.

The Creator has an incredibly humerous way to keep us all humble...

Just wanted to share the laugh.

-D

guthrie
05-14-2012, 04:45 PM
You can see the cooling system in this pic.

What cooling system? I only see books, lots of booksssss, my preciousss...

D.Trout
05-14-2012, 05:59 PM
My cooling system is now up and running, flow is all adjusted, and currently cooling the condenser. Doing a cleaning distillation on the copper alembic. Now have it set up on a hot plate and a sand bath.

I cleaned out an upstairs bedroom and am converting that to my lab, (I did have a corner of our downstairs bedroom set aside, but it was too small, and not isolated enough for my liking.) My new distillation flask arrives tomorrow. I still need to get a heating pad for my incubator, (an old "Omaha Steaks" styrofoam cooler I picked up at a thrift store.) and a few other things before I seriously start spagyric work.

But in the mean time, I'm doing some essential oil distillations for soap, lotion, and aromatherapy, (for my wife's work,) and that gives me time to streamline my setup and get the kinks out before I start the serious work.

Vale´!

-D

MarkostheGnostic
05-16-2012, 11:19 PM
Good for you! :)

MarkostheGnostic
05-16-2012, 11:23 PM
What cooling system? I only see books, lots of booksssss, my preciousss...

Silly! On the floor in the adapted blue cylindrical cooler with clear tubing leading to and from it. As for the books, consider the probable difference in our ages, then allow yourself to feel young and unencumbered. :) But also look at the first stack of selves on the left. Right over the 4th self, you'll see a ghostly circle. In the original computer-held copy, with a magnifier, there seems to be a small star at the center, perhaps a hexagram (nobody else sees, and I've asked lots of people to look), and some shapes around the perimeter. It is a 'glitch' in 'The Matrix,' something that appeared spontaneously, and which reminded me of this Rembrandt drawing of Dr. Faust, seeing the sigil of the Macroscopic Infinite (as I read it once described) appear in his study:

http://i48.tinypic.com/2j1k7lf.jpg

guthrie
05-17-2012, 09:23 PM
Hmm, does that mean cool water is pumped from the blue container up into the water jacket?
Personally I wouldn't want to use a bunsen burner on a table right next to a wall of books, even on a well constructed table like that. Was it Kunrath or something else that had the picture of the man praying; only his books were sensibly up on a shelf on the opposite side of the room from the fireplace.


(I'm probably not as much younger than you think, and I have an estimated 4,000 books myself, on a wide variety of topics, and I havn't read all of them yet)

D.Trout
05-18-2012, 12:44 AM
Yes, Guthrie. There's a small AC water pump in the bottom of the water cooler that pumps water into the jacket on the condenser. It flows through the outlet and back into the water cooler. The water pump is at the bottom of the cooler where the colder water settles, and the volume is so much greater in the water cooler than in the jacket, and it flows through the condenser so fast that I've found with my setup that I don't really need to put reusable freezer packs in the water to keep the temp on the condenser low. The pump consumes little electricity, and it doesn't waste water by cooling the condenser via a spigot.

And yeah, I'm not big fan of the open flame setup either. I don't think using the mantle would bother me much, but the open bunsen burner...Yeah...

I've got an alcohol burner that I use infrequently. I do NOT like to leave it unattended, and if I had half the books on my shelf that Kalec has, there'd be no way I'd have an open flame in the same room! But then, I'm a little paranoid about such things.

Thanks for the info and the incouragement Markos. I'm currently distilling some MORE lavender hydrosol, (Good stuff this time. Picked up 2oz. of fresh organic lavender at the local herbal place...Gods, I love this town!) Also got some lemon balm today, so I'll be starting some spagyric work VERY soon!

Vale'!

-D

MarkostheGnostic
05-18-2012, 01:54 AM
If you look carefully, there is a 1/2" LuciteŽ table-top that is fastened to the bookshelf directly behind the heating mantle. This being Miami, the house is usually air conditioned. The bunsen burner really should have some kind of hood, but it stands a foot and a half away from the books, and I use it only for Calcination in a small porcelain crucible. I usually touch surrounding objects for warmth, but I never take my eyes off an open flame. I am considering buying a large metal funnel, attaching a flexible metal gas pipe to its spout, then connecting a plastic tube to a vacuum line, to draw off the heat, and mounting it over the crucible. A mini fume hood!

guthrie
05-18-2012, 10:42 AM
Now you mention it I can see the see-through lucite...
Good idea for water cooling, I'll be trying to bodge mine up to the kitchen tap once I get a hotplate.
A miniature fume hood is probably a good idea if you are calcining stuff, otherwise you might end up with more soot and dust in the room than you likely want.

MarkostheGnostic
06-03-2012, 12:46 AM
I have done Incineration in my living room fireplace. Most of the smoke is burned off, and goes up the chimney. Calcination results in carbon and residual salts, but the small crucibles I use do not give off much more than heat.

Ciborium
01-04-2014, 10:28 PM
Hi MarkostheGnostic,

Silly newbie question about vacuum distillation. On the first page of this thread you show a setup that includes a vacuum pump (just like one that I purchased, incidentally). The tubing seems to lead to a bottle and then to the vacuum adapter. Is that all there is to it? Or should there be a valve somewhere there?

My experimental setup had tubing from the vacuum pump straight to the vacuum adapter - but I seem to be pulling a large amount of alcohol fumes through the adapter and into the room. Hoping that there is a semi-simple solution to this as most of the proper laboratory setups that I see online are really, really complicated (and space-consuming).

Thanks for any thoughts! :-)

JDP
01-05-2014, 12:01 PM
I do not know this person, but his glassware is impressive. I couldn't help but notice the stained glass window with the O.T.O logo on it. I like the Christian symbols, but the OTO is anything but Christian. Moreover, Crowley did not have much to say about alchemy, and he even fought his young secretary, Israel Regardie, over the matter. Nevertheless...

http://alchymie.ca/Bin/The%20Home%20Made%20Laboratory.pdf

Steve Kalec is a pretty well-known person among modern enthusiasts of alchemy. He can be found in many alchemy forums, like Rubellus Petrinus' forums, and has also contributed articles to sites, like Adam McLean's:

http://www.levity.com/alchemy/steve_kalec.html

Here you can see a picture of him:

http://thefirelizard.wordpress.com/tag/steve-kalec/

He is the fellow on the right, the one with the pen and papers sticking out of his shirt pocket.

DonSweet
01-13-2014, 06:38 AM
MarkostheGnostic ...

You may be interested ...

I've started acquiring the parts for what you've called a "mini fume hood." My work table is in a small hobby room. There is little circulation, so I've been planning how to handle any steam, smoke or vapors I may create.

Everything I'm using is available at a hardware store or home improvement chain. Essentially, it will be a heating duct outlet attached to a flexible vinyl dryer hose and a normal bathroom exhaust fan. The duct outlet will be mounted to my apparatus lattice via either a gooseneck or a commonly available armlamp arm. I haven't decided which.

I'll be able to position the hood/duct just about anywhere over my work area and change its position both laterally and by elevation due to the flexible hose and gooseneck or arm, then up and out of the way when not in use. I want to localize my venting depending on the work employed on the lattice.

I'll be providing links to photos as I assemble the moveable mini hood, as I did with my lattice. I'm anxious to get it going, so it'll be soon.

-- Don

DonSweet
01-20-2014, 04:12 PM
MarkostheGnostic ...

The moveable mini fume hood I mentioned is finished.

If you care to, have a glance at how I made it. PhotoBucket seems to load photographs backwards, so click the LEFT arrow to follow the progression.

http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/DonSweet11/media/SANY3860_zps0f63b897.jpg.html?sort=3&o=9

Comments welcome!

-- Don Sweet

theFool
02-04-2014, 01:39 PM
MarkostheGnostic ...

The moveable mini fume hood I mentioned is finished.

If you care to, have a glance at how I made it. PhotoBucket seems to load photographs backwards, so click the LEFT arrow to follow the progression.

http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Do...ml?sort=3&o=76
Unfortunatelly your link to images is not working. It seems that the url was mistakenly inserted. I think the correct url is this: http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/DonSweet11/media/SANY3498_zpsa057008d.jpg.html?sort=3&o=76 but I'm not sure.

DonSweet
02-05-2014, 05:45 AM
Hmmmm ...

Sorry theFool ... see if this one works for you. It looks to me that something truncated.

http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/DonSweet11/media/SANY3860_zps0f63b897.jpg.html?sort=3&o=9

I'm also on Facebook.

-- Don

theFool
02-05-2014, 11:34 AM
Hmmmm ...

Sorry theFool ... see if this one works for you. It looks to me that something truncated.

http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/DonSweet11/media/SANY3860_zps0f63b897.jpg.html?sort=3&o=9

I'm also on Facebook.

-- Don Thanks, this link is ok! I tried before to communicate to you by PM about the link. I don't know if you are aware of the Personal Messages function of this forum; they can be found on the top right, under the "Notifications" tab.