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Long time reader and first time poster, so thanks for all the amazing info you guys have provided.
I am now in the position to upgrade my old keg pot still and venture into the world of plate columns. First of all I have just come across a 230lt (60gallon) old copper hotwater tank in great condition which I bought. It just needs a clean:
So now my question is this - I can build either
Both will be 8 individual sections with sight glasses.
I have access to both copper and stainless and can tig weld both.
I know what a lot of you are saying that the clamps and ferrules will cost a lot more for 8" however I have a plan to join the individual sections another way.
I usual make rums and whiskeys so will usually only use 4 plates at a time but 8 for clearer spirit runs.
I would like to go to 8" however will I be able to power it and how much kW elements would I require?
My house has a spa (so I'm guessing 5500kw on that one and run a few extension cords to 3 other circuits 2800kw each) that would make a total of 13,900 kW. Is that enough?
If people don't think it's enough power for 8" is it because it won't make to plates bubble and work or is it because there will be long heat up times?