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Thread: Steve Kalec's Lab Pics

  1. #11
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    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

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    You can see the cooling system in this pic.


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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkostheGnostic View Post
    You can see the cooling system in this pic.
    What cooling system? I only see books, lots of booksssss, my preciousss...
    Last edited by Andro; 05-15-2012 at 01:38 AM. Reason: Quotation fixed. Please insert [QUOTE=MarkostheGnostic;21593] (for example) before the quote and [/QUOTE] after quoted text.

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    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

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    Good for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guthrie View Post
    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:

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    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)

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    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

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    If you look carefully, there is a 1/2" Lucite® 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!

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