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Thread: Steve Kalec's Lab Pics

  1. #21
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    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.

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    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.

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    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! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkostheGnostic View Post
    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%20...Laboratory.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.

  5. #25
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    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

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    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...tml?sort=3&o=9

    Comments welcome!

    -- Don Sweet
    Last edited by theFool; 02-05-2014 at 11:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSweet View Post
    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/Do...ml?sort=3&o=76 but I'm not sure.

  8. #28
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    Hmmmm ...

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

    http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Do...tml?sort=3&o=9

    I'm also on Facebook.

    -- Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSweet View Post
    Hmmmm ...

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

    http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Do...tml?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.

  10. #30
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    Just became friends with Mr Kalec. Planning to go visit him sometime soon as he is here in Canada. Anything in particular you guys want me to ask him? He is a big authority in alchemy. I am planning to invite him into our forum.

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