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Thread: Glassware for dry distillation

  1. #11
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    Anyone remembers from where/who the quote stems "If only those glasses wouldn't break so often."? Unfortunately I forgot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florius Frammel View Post
    Anyone remembers from where/who the quote stems "If only those glasses wouldn't break so often."? Unfortunately I forgot.
    I too remember „Wenn das Brechen der Gläser nicht wär ....“, was it written by Kunkel ?

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    what will happen at 600c or just under? will it hold without issue?

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    Oh man I am so scared that my bottom round flask may break. I know that an alchemist should be wise and brave, but this is unknown territory for me and if it does break it'll be quite a while until I get a new one from China I am thinking to gradually go up and gradually go down in heat setting on my variac. Maybe in the space of 2 hrs from full heat to nothing. What do you guys think? Is it linear or exponential graph of time vs temp?

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    Okay so doing some more research I read that glassware from China sucks for dry distillation with the exception of LABOY brand. Can any of you guys who have done dry distillation confirm this one? And what kind of glassware would you suggest? borosilicate? One thing is for sure this topic doesn't have enough information on the web. All I can find is: distilling to dryness can lead to an explosion. How the heck are we supposed to do a dry distillation then? we can't tell when the material inside the flask has reached the zero moisture level or will not distill any longer. Can we?

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    What are you trying to dry distill?

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    I am only distilling plant spagyrics for now which is fine. But soon I'll be moving into the mineral realm and want to do oil of iron, copper, lead, tin. so it'll be acetates of these metals in the form of dry distillation. I can't find much info on the subject and fear of breaking my equipment and having an explosion is getting the best out of me

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    For the acetate process, I would look at either the PON Metallic Course or Robert Bartlett's Way of the Crucible for further help.

    You can look at z0k's setup in the destructive distillation of coal thread if you are concerned with glass breaking.

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    You might also look into some of the posts made by Salazius on the forum. He has made a few threads showing some of his metallic kingdom works.

    Solidification of Mercury

    Hepar Sulfuris & crystallization.

    Spagyrics: Gold Elixir
    Art is Nature in the flask; Nature is a vial thing.

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    Oh thank you so much guys I'll review these asap. Many thanks.

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