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Thought I should get aintog and put the bits I had been accumulating (thanks @punkin) together and get the training wheels on.
Replaced the 65mm x 1mtr packed column with 5 x 4" bubble plates.
I don't have enough ceiling height to run the column and any plates so it is 1 or the other - can't be bothered moving outside to run column and 5 plates as much as I would like to.
Stripping run seemed an appropriate time to practice before we hit the big lights.
Main thing I notice different than the column is the distillate is a lot "oilyer" (louched when I added a bit of water to test).
The bit I really like is I can see the moment it starts to puke, with the column I had to listen for the rumbling sound, by then you had to be quick on the power off or you got sprayed with hot wash.
Performance is a little different, after heatup - 1 kw max for the 1st hour then I could start inching up to 3.5kw.
I noticed the bottom plate was very easy to flood, ~3kw seems to be about the max you can throw at it early on.
Might have to look at a ProCap36 plate for the bottom one.
Anyone got any idea of the max power you can push at a 4" ProCap36 plate???