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Is it a boiler, a still or?

Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Posts: 1,651Member
I have a good friend living near Nashville, TN. He knows I like anything to do with hot water, so sent me this photo. I first thought coal fired hot water, but the sight glass doesn't fit that guess. But then, the name tag is sideways, which seems wrong and the upper end of the sight glass seems to be leaded in.. different from the lower port. Then there is a different name on the base than is on the tank. Any idea what's going on here? Whiskey? :D

Yours, Larry


  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Posts: 2,753Member
    Looks like an old "Side Shot" water heater that somebody sat on top of a stoker. Either that or a first gen. meth lab. Any beakers or Pitbulls around?
  • Intplm.Intplm. Posts: 1,033Member
    Let's fire it up. Drinks all around !

    A still is a type of boiler.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 6,294Member
    Made by "Standard something" Made in 1955, 320 is probably square feet of heating surface, 150 is probably psi

    I think at one time it was a high pressure steam boiler
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 3,663Member
    It's missing a few things to be a still...
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 11,834Member

    It's missing a few things to be a still...

    Not that hard to add... a nice coil of copper pipe... a few fittings...
    Br. Jamie, osb

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • pecmsgpecmsg Posts: 1,049Member
    It would make a nice Smoker now!
  • psb75psb75 Posts: 151Member
    A little hard to get the "spent mash" out. And most stills were/are copper/stainless..
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Posts: 2,753Member
    Looks like 3 taps on top. Hot, cold, relief valve. I bet theres a nice copper coil in there.
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