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    • January 8, 2021 9:01 PM EST
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      Jim, 

       

      The moral of this story is to model a controllable heat source. Sorry Dan derailed your thread

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    • January 8, 2021 9:14 PM EST
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      It is simply impossible to “derail” a train thread. Can‘t be done...

    • January 8, 2021 9:16 PM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      It is simply impossible to “derail” a train thread. Can‘t be done...

      Thank you, Jim.

       

      Devon ....... 

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    • January 10, 2021 7:33 PM EST
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      Working on the main tank of the still (the one that boils the alcohol off the fermenting mash). Rick Marty gave me a pointer in my log loader thread to a site that helps you build a frustrum (a cone with the top cut off): [link]

       

      Using that, I made a paper version:

       

       

      I'll need to cut the can down substantially.

       

      Here is the frustrum cut out of brass shim and formed into the cone shape:

       

       

      Slow progress, but progress nevertheless...

       

    • January 10, 2021 9:36 PM EST
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      Looking good Jim, glad you were able to use the information. 

    • January 11, 2021 1:11 AM EST
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      This is going to look great somewhere almost hidden on your layout, do you have a spot picked yet?

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      The Babs River Railway

      We can do that, but its gonna cost you... a lot more

       

    • January 11, 2021 1:17 AM EST
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      I don't have a spot picked out yet. Thinking about it, but no conclusion. Has to be away from "civilization" ...

    • January 11, 2021 7:30 PM EST
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      Cut down the can and attached the frustum, including a 1/4" styrene exhaust pipe. I'm currently cogitating how to make a tapered pipe. Getting lots of ideas from the chat guys (fred, bob, gary)...

       

       

      Ideas for the horizontal, tapered exhaust pipe include:

       

      • heat 1/4" styrene and pull it to make it taper
      • solid 1/4" styrene in a drill and sand it down
      • find some tapered applicator tube laying around: caulk, glue, eye/ear drop

       

      Hmmmmmm....

    • January 11, 2021 9:25 PM EST
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      Wouldn't the last be the most "MIK-like"?  

    • January 14, 2021 5:16 PM EST
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      Well, I looked around and couldn't find any existing tapered tube to use for the exhaust. I tried using the 1/4" styrene pipe heated and pulled but it just broke apart. So I went with sanding down a 1/4" styrene rod. Started by drilling a hole to accept the #14 solid wire, then used a dremel sanding cylinder to do a coarse taper, and finished it by putting it in a drill and using a sanding stick to smooth it out.

       

       

      After a little smoothing of the top joint, I primed it:

       

       

      A bit rough around the edges but generally seems ok. I need to think about how much I want to neaten up the border between can and cone, and between cone and exhaust.

       

    • January 14, 2021 5:31 PM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Well, I looked around and couldn't find any existing tapered tube to use for the exhaust. I tried using the 1/4" styrene pipe heated and pulled but it just broke apart. So I went with sanding down a 1/4" styrene rod. Started by drilling a hole to accept the #14 solid wire, then used a dremel sanding cylinder to do a coarse taper, and finished it by putting it in a drill and using a sanding stick to smooth it out.

      After a little smoothing of the top joint, I primed it:

      A bit rough around the edges but generally seems ok. I need to think about how much I want to neaten up the border between can and cone, and between cone and exhaust.

       

      Looks good!

      When will tastings be offered?  

       

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    • January 14, 2021 5:32 PM EST
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      You sure you ain't making this life size and hiding it in your back 40 somewhere? ..........

      This post was edited by Ken Brunt at January 14, 2021 5:58 PM EST
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    • January 14, 2021 5:52 PM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

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      A bit rough around the edges ...................

       

      I would say that is the embodiment of a backwoods still   The folks running them are a little rough around the edges too or at least the ones I have bought ....... errr, uhmmmm ......  seen on TV are 

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    • January 14, 2021 6:56 PM EST
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      Thats looking awesome Jim. This is gonna be a favorite of mine. Between you and Dave the uniqueness of the projects is just too cool. 

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    • January 15, 2021 12:28 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      ....This is gonna be a favorite of mine. .... 

       

         Why didn't you just loan him one of your hats then?

       

                           

       

       

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