I recently have been in contact with the guy who founded Clawhammer Supply. Long story short, he is a pretty damn awesome dude, and here is a little bit more about him. Basically he got super into brewing beer and it led to distilling alcohol and then it turned into him realizing how vital distilling equipment is for any survival situations.
He wrote this summary for me basically explaining the importance of this distillation equipment:
"Stockpiling is only a partial solution to emergency prepping. To truly be prepared, one must have provisions to
replenish their most highly valued consumable goods. Consider this: simple, small-scale, distillation equipment
can be used to make distilled spirits (whiskey, rum, vodka, etc.), fuel alcohol, antiseptic, and distilled water – all
highly valuable during an SHTF event.
For obvious reasons, whiskey doesn’t make it onto many emergency preparation lists. Even for the most avid
whiskey fans, distilled spirits would be far from a necessity in a survival situation. However, consider this: In
America, whiskey was used as currency during the American Revolution. In a situation where luxuries are, at
best, hard to come by, and worst-case, non-existent, whiskey could be a great item to barter with. A simple pot
or hybrid still can be used to make corn whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey, Bourbon, rum, vodka, and more.
Almost every survival prep list includes fuel, which has many uses. Solid fuel (such as wood) is very abundant
in most areas and can generally be easily replenished. However, liquid fuel (such as gasoline) has a
limited shelf life, is susceptible to theft, and won’t be easy to replenish in an event that cripples supply-line
infrastructure. However, ethanol, a clean burning, highly versatile, gasoline alternative, can be used to power
small engines, to move cars and motorcycles, heat, cook, and much more. It can also be easily produced in an
inexpensive, simple, column still.
Humans can’t live more than a week without potable water. There are many ways to clean water, some more
effective than others. For example, boiling water will kill microorganisms but it won’t purify. Filtering will remove
most microbes and pollutants, but good filters become clogged over time and need to be replaced. Distilling is
a highly effective way to remove impurities, and a good still can be used to clean water through thousands of
Clawhammer stills are 100% copper hybrid column stills that can be used to produce whiskey, fuel alcohol,
clean water, essential oils, and even disinfectant. They’re available for purchase in a DIY kit format, which
keeps quality high and prices low."
While distillation may be useful in a survival situation, it is questionable how useful the stills shown would be in those types of situations. If you look at the condensers, you'll notice how tiny they are relative to the boiler. That's not a problem when you have an abundant water source that you can flow through the condenser at a constant rate. In the pioneer days (or modern TLC shows ) the condensers used by distillers were typically comparable in size to the boilers because they didn't have readily accessible pressurized water.
Have you priced copper lately? Those big worms are worth more than the rest of the still!
I could set up a hand or solarpump to circulate water a lot cheaper.
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R Scott wrote:Have you priced copper lately? Those big worms are worth more than the rest of the still!
I could set up a hand or solar pump to circulate water a lot cheaper.
3/8" copper tubing runs about a buck a foot while half inch is about $1.20 a foot. Maybe if built the water jacket out of copper it would cost as much as the rest of the still, but that would just be for showing off.
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posted 5 years ago
Not bad, definitely looks more characteristic of an old era. I like Hillbilly Stills product line but it's a bit more expensive. Copper does not perform as well as stainless steel container for the practical functions of a mash pot. Your going to pay for the benefit but the engineering of the product looks more modern and durable.
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Im using one at the moment made from a ss bread bin. Copper head made using some offcuts from around the house, only thing we had to buy was the silver solder, i use an elextric water pump although you could run it off any water source as long as you got a head or some pressure.
@ Iorweth Caradog. Interesting idea to use a rocket stove. The tricky part is after you reach 78C I guess. Do you have to add a twig or so every couple of minutes for hours? When in need, we all would of course. Cheers
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I purchased a copper still for making essential oils and read that it's also great for distilling water. I got mine from the Whiskey Still Company. They have a lot of good info about distilling on their blog which is useful if you're a first time distiller. Plus, they can be used to make a whole lot of other things that could come in handy in the event of a Doomsday