Reflux Column & Still Assembling Guide

About connection style. 

The reflux column and still uses Tri-Clamp/Tri-Clover connection for most parts and it makes the still Super easy to assemble&disassemble. Simply putting a gasket in between two flanges, clamp them with a tri clamp then you will get a sealed connection.


1. Items to prepare

Parts list of a standard 4 inch 4 plates SS flute column

4* 4 inch sight glass tee
4* 4 inch copper bubble plates with caps and downcomers
1* 4 inch dephlegmator
1* 4 inch to 2 inch tri clamp reducer with thermometer
2* 2 inch 90deg tri clamp elbows
1* 2 inch shotgun condenser
1* 2 inch to 1.5 inch surge breaker
1* 1.5 inch parrot
1* 1.5 inch sampling valve
6* 4 inch tri clamp/ 4* 2 inch tri clamp/ 2* 1.5 inch tri clamp
Silicone gaskets for the tri clamps


1. Assemble the copper bubble plates

Each copper bubble plate comes with 5 caps and one downcomer


2. Put the bubble plate&gasket on the sight glass tee, stack another tee on it , clamp the tees and repeat the step.

The 4 inch column comes with 4 inch custom gaskets for the bubble plate without inner lip that a standard tri clamp gasket has, the inner lip would interfere the tri clamp connection and if you column is in other sizes please cut the inner lip off before assembling.


3. Thead the thermometer to the reducer, joint the rest parts of the column

Wrap some teflon tape to the thermometer thread will help make a good seal.


6. All-Set


How to connect the water lines

Prepare a submersible pump(a small one around 50watt would work), a kettle and some water with ice to create a cooling water circulation, you can also use a chiller if it's available.