Why kegs for distilling boilers? Some home distillers use milk cans, others use pots or barrels. There is no more cost efficient unit for distilling, than a new or used beer keg! They are usually around 14 or 16-gauge Stainless Steel, so they will last you a lifetime. You can do anything to a keg from a four-inch clean out, chopping it in half and welding another keg on top to make it 30-gallons. Heating elements, drains, fill ports, pressure release valves, hose connections, the possibilities are endless when you have so much versatility..
To make cleaning easier we suggest welding a four-inch ferrule to the top of the keg and a four-inch clean out on the side of the keg, so now you have two points of entry to clean the keg. You can order a keg with clean out from us, or even a window clean out kit. If you do not have clean out, you go to car wash and use a high pressure hose.
Have a look at our Deluxe Lazy Boy. You can choose to make your own keg boiler by tig welding. If you know someone that can weld, you can order the fittings from us, and then have them do this for you. You can make these electric by placing heating elements on the sides that screw into a coupling that is welded to the keg. Or you can use this with a stand over propane or open fire for those more experienced. Kegs are inexpensive to get and durable. You must be sure to release pressure. There are plenty of Youtube videos on how to do this. To remove the spear and snake. The kegs are under a lot of pressure. If you do this incorrectly, you can hurt yourself or someone close. Take precaution. That is why we recommend you let our professional staff handle this for you.
We will retrofit your used keg, if provided, but currently we only provide new kegs.
They are easy to repair if anything happens. Mostly they are maintenance free. Is there is a very low risk of scorching unless you have a high BTU burner going full-tilt and less than 1/3 liquid in the boiler. When you get to 202-204 you are into your tails end of the run.