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Is it a boiler, a still or?

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Larry Weingarten
Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,335
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


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  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,863
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    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. Member Posts: 2,006
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    Let's fire it up. Drinks all around !

    A still is a type of boiler.
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,622
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    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
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    It's missing a few things to be a still...

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,438
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    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
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,883
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    It would make a nice Smoker now!
  • psb75
    psb75 Member Posts: 845
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    A little hard to get the "spent mash" out. And most stills were/are copper/stainless..
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,863
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    Looks like 3 taps on top. Hot, cold, relief valve. I bet theres a nice copper coil in there.