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I was wondering if anybody on this forum has explored other alternatives for the heat source of their stills. Instead of using a steam jacket or open flame, how about circulating hot oil around the bottom of the still? Any thoughts?


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I looked into heat transfer fluids a bit. The most common choice is propylene glycol (food grade) which can also be used for chilling. You can also use food grade mineral oil. The mineral oil goes to a higher temperature. Both are relatively expensive, around $800 for a drum of glycol and $1500 for the mineral oil. The glycol needs to be replenished periodically as it evaporates slowly; not sure about the mineral oil.

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