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Brennus
09-07-2011, 04:14 PM
Where can I purchase alchemical equipment in the UK? The crucible catalog is in the US and I'm not really confident of ordering form another country (due to british customs) I would also prefer to obtain my equipment form a company specialising in alchemy.

MarkostheGnostic
09-07-2011, 06:48 PM
I went to ebay, UK, and put in all manner of words (organic chemistry/glassware, labware, glass, etc.) and nothing was recognized. Perhaps the UK has prohibitions against such equipment outside of universities and industry (?)

I routinely have books and CDs shipped to me in the US from the UK, why not try ebay, USA? Reputable sellers are going to bubble-pack glass. Glassware does NOT mean drug-lab. There are private researchers and hobbyists after all. I have purchased organic chem glassware through ebay.

Nobody really specializes in alchemy, except for the rare glass blower such as the one's I posted. Modern glassware can be fashioned into approximations of ancient designs, and not require luting, just silicone grease or teflon tape. For example, I use a chromotography reservoir as a alembic, with a Liebig condensor as the beak, and a round bottom boiling flask beneath as the curcurbit, for steam distillation of herbs.

http://i56.tinypic.com/6ss4d4.jpg

MarkostheGnostic
09-08-2011, 12:54 PM
It came to me, that on page xvi, the Introduction to Israel Regardie's The Middle Pillar, Aleister Crowley was investigated for owning an unusual glass Silex coffee maker, that was initially believed to be some form of still used in the manufacture of drugs! This was as early as 1928 in England!
http://books.google.com/books?id=KocDfK3cNpIC&pg=PR16&lpg=PR16&dq=aleister+crowley,++silex+coffee+maker&source=bl&ots=tj_LfUon0y&sig=TfxOc-94kWX4P8OYz--Lz5uoVM0&hl=en&ei=dbloTuCzLY7AgQf659XiDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=aleister%20crowley%2C%20%20silex%20coffee%20make r&f=true

So, maybe laboratory glassware has a long forbidden history in the UK. The following is a pic of the Silex I remember from the 1950s. Kinda like my own 'alembic,' don't you think?

http://i56.tinypic.com/2ugjkus.jpg

Brennus
09-08-2011, 07:43 PM
It came to me, that on page xvi, the Introduction to Israel Regardie's The Middle Pillar, Aleister Crowley was investigated for owning an unusual glass Silex coffee maker, that was initially believed to be some form of still used in the manufacture of drugs! This was as early as 1928 in England!
http://books.google.com/books?id=KocDfK3cNpIC&pg=PR16&lpg=PR16&dq=aleister+crowley,++silex+coffee+maker&source=bl&ots=tj_LfUon0y&sig=TfxOc-94kWX4P8OYz--Lz5uoVM0&hl=en&ei=dbloTuCzLY7AgQf659XiDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=aleister%20crowley%2C%20%20silex%20coffee%20make r&f=true

So, maybe laboratory glassware has a long forbidden history in the UK. The following is a pic of the Silex I remember from the 1950s. Kinda like my own 'alembic,' don't you think?

http://i56.tinypic.com/2ugjkus.jpg

Good news, I think I've fornd a few places which sell similar equipment to specialised alchemical equipment.

http://www.lowimpact.org/acatalog/essential_oil_distillation_kit.html

http://www.pelicanscientific.co.uk/analysers/behr_s1_steam_distillation_unit_for_kjeldahl_nitro gen.php

Hopefully these companies will have the full range of equipment that I need!

MarkostheGnostic
09-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Pricey! I already had a boiling flask with 19/22 ground glass mouth. I bought a chromatography reservoir for $25-30. I was given a Claison adaptor, thermometer, Liebig condensor, and separatory funnel, by a school science teacher, but even if I purchased all of them, and a receiving flask, and clamps, it would all have been a fraction of 325 €. I think your second link illustrates commercial equipment setups, but you could inquire. Hey, ordering internationally today is easier than it's ever been. Why, we just received a supply of Modafinil from Canada today. It's not from across the Big Pond, but it did pass customs.

MarkostheGnostic
09-08-2011, 09:47 PM
http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/uk/ebay-uk/?cx=partner-pub-0928879361410566%3A9uy8rj-fqm3&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=glass+chromatography+reservoir&sa=Search

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/uk/ebay-uk/?cx=partner-pub-0928879361410566%3A9uy8rj-fqm3&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=liebig+condensor&sa=Search

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Business-Office-Industrial-/12576/i.html?_nkw=organic+chemistry

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/uk/ebay-uk/?cx=partner-pub-0928879361410566%3A9uy8rj-fqm3&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=19%2F22+organic+glassware&sa=Search

Check around this pages. Don't buy ready-made apparatus when you can design them yourself much less expensively. :D

Brennus
09-24-2011, 10:43 PM
http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/uk/ebay-uk/?cx=partner-pub-0928879361410566%3A9uy8rj-fqm3&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=glass+chromatography+reservoir&sa=Search

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/uk/ebay-uk/?cx=partner-pub-0928879361410566%3A9uy8rj-fqm3&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=liebig+condensor&sa=Search

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Business-Office-Industrial-/12576/i.html?_nkw=organic+chemistry

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/uk/ebay-uk/?cx=partner-pub-0928879361410566%3A9uy8rj-fqm3&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=19%2F22+organic+glassware&sa=Search

Check around this pages. Don't buy ready-made apparatus when you can design them yourself much less expensively. :D

How much would a hotplate cost?

MarkostheGnostic
09-25-2011, 06:07 AM
I recommend a hot plate with a magnetic stirrer. I bought one of these after I had already purchased a much more expensive one w/o a stirrer on ebay. Later, I bought a soft electric mantle for a 250 ml RB flask, and a hard mantle for a 2000 ml RB flask. Of course, one needs a rheostat to hook the mantles up with. Kitchen hotplates are inexpensive. Laboratory hotplates with digital calibration can widely vary.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=laboratory+plates+&_cqr=true&_nkwusc=laboratory+hotplates&_rdc=1

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_kw=heating&_kw=mantle

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=variable+transformer&_sacat=0&_odkw=heating+mantle+variable+transformer&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Brennus
09-26-2011, 03:40 PM
I recommend a hot plate with a magnetic stirrer. I bought one of these after I had already purchased a much more expensive one w/o a stirrer on ebay. Later, I bought a soft electric mantle for a 250 ml RB flask, and a hard mantle for a 2000 ml RB flask. Of course, one needs a rheostat to hook the mantles up with. Kitchen hotplates are inexpensive. Laboratory hotplates with digital calibration can widely vary.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=laboratory+plates+&_cqr=true&_nkwusc=laboratory+hotplates&_rdc=1

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_kw=heating&_kw=mantle

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=variable+transformer&_sacat=0&_odkw=heating+mantle+variable+transformer&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Thanks! Would it make any difference that I'm living in the UK?

MarkostheGnostic
09-30-2011, 11:30 AM
Thanks! Would it make any difference that I'm living in the UK?

I don't see how.

Brennus
11-19-2011, 05:18 PM
I don't see how.

I should have my essential oil distillation kit by the end of the month!

http://www.lowimpact.org/acatalog/kit.jpg