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open flame, alcohol vapor, explosive potential.

there are many jurisdictions that are making distilleries meet explosive proof standards with electric components, and steam boilers must be in a separate room with fire rated barriers between. the days of open flame distilling are coming to a close. there are some that still do this, but not many and thy are having a harder time getting Insurance every year.

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Plan on your fire inspector objecting to the use of a direct fire. That doesn't mean that you can not heat your still this way, but you might have to make a case for why it's a reasonably safe practice in your distillery. After a lot of back and forth, our fire inspector agreed to allow us to heat our still with direct fire, but expressed his preference to us using electric or steam.

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