2022 Equipment List

All the items below can be acquired from various sources at reasonable prices.  Much of what you see can be sourced at Dollar stores, Goodwill stores, charity stores, big chain retailers like Walmart, Target, and online.  

2022 List of Equipment and Items needed

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This list shows the most common items used to make oil. The links are intended on giving you a visual picture of the item. Most of these items can be purchased locally at lower prices. A lot of the equipment used over the course of development was acquired at the local Goodwill and dollar stores.

Common Items needed for Setup:

Non-Iodine Table Salt, Kosher, Picking, or Ice Cream Rock Salt. 

Use products without anti-caking compounds. Avoid Iodine as it bonds to lipids.

2L/64oz and 1L/32oz Mason jars and lids.

Home oven for baking/decarbing the plant material.

Optional Oven Bags to capture the aroma when decarbing.

Measuring cup.

Gallon of distilled water.

Digital Temperature Gauge

Flat nylon coffee filter.

Cheap single layer napkins used as folded filters.

Funnel for holding the folded napkin filters.

Items needed for Step 1 Washing:

99.9% USP-NF Isopropyl Alcohol. [ 4Gallons ]    [1 Gallon ]  

    WARNING: Say away from products that advertize 99.5% Isopropyl.  

Nut Milk Bag for straining out the alcohol.

Items needed for Step 2 Silting:

Turkey Baster for siphoning small volumes of alcohol.

Electric Siphon for siphoning larger volumes of alcohol.

Items needed  for Step 3 Distilling:

WARNING: Always use electric heat sources for distilling. Open flame is dangerous.

If not recovering alcohol - use a double boiler setup.

A 1-2 quart pan in the reduction skillet or fondue pot works for small runs. (See Reducing)

For alcohol recovery and condensing alcohol: 

Items needed  for Step 4 Winterizing:

Household freezer.

Napkins and Funnel.

Items needed for Step 5 Reducing:

For reduction, stable heat is crucial. Use devices that have precision heat circuitry. Devices with thermostat power cords are accurate and have very small temperature swings. This is the common piece in these devices.

     Electric Skillet

     Fondue Makers (Carla's favs)  Quisinart  or  Revin.

It's crucial to have a perfectly flat bottom bowls for even heat distribution. Use bowls like these to place in the 

     For large reductions, use a flat bottom quart pot

     For small reductions, use a broad flat bottom stainless steel bowl

Use a Copper Grill Mat to help spread out the heat even more. 

    Note: Only use devices with small temperature swings. Here is a test video showing a 5 degree swing using

        the skillet and copper grill mat. 

Obtaining 190proof/95% Ethanol for Final Reduction.

Its very important to use 190 Proof/95% ethanol for the final reduction. Lower proof alcohols contain water that interferes with dissolving the oils after distilling. If 190 proof ethanol is not unavailable in your state, here's something to investigate. Depending on your state's laws, owning and operating a moonshine still to remove the water from alcohol is legal. Do your homework. Find out if this is legal in your area before proceeding. 

Here is the most important point. You will not be generating new alcohol. You will be boiling out the existing alcohol and leaving the water behind. This is legal to do in most states. Use the moonshine setup listed above for condensing your alcohol to obtain the needed 190proof/95% concentration.  

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