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Had some Chinese customers livingin OZ come visit my store on the weekend. She was from Beijing and he was from Wenzhou so i knew both their home towns which was good.
They are starting a business in Sydney doing essential oil extraction, said they want to do roses predominately, but other herbs and flowers too.
They were interested in fabbing a vessel to accommodate the passing of steam through the rose petals. They were liking the milk can but there was not enough room to suspend material above the water.
I suggested that they could use two milk cans, one as a steam generator with 2" piping going into the base of the second can (through an elemnet port) and then fabbing a false bottom in 2 pieces for the plant material or a basket style of flexible stainless mesh.
Then a regular 2" pot still (riser bend, condensor) on top to condense the rose water product.
I'm going to mock it up today or tomorrow for them and price it, this will become a standard offering. I'm interested in ideas from the crew here as to the design of the false bottom, or other suggestions from anyone experienced in essential oil production.
I'll post pics of the mock up.
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