RxCE 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.  

List of Equipment and Items needed to make oil

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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:

2 cups Distilled Water.

1L/1qt or 2L/2qt Mason jars and lids. 1 gallon and larger may be too heavy to handle.

Linen-like paper napkins for straining the wash and collecting waxes from Rapid Winterization

Digital Temperature Gauge for the reductions

Flat nylon coffee filter basket for collecting sediments

N04 or N06 Unbleached coffee filters for straining the wash and collecting waxes from Rapid Winterization.

Metal or Glass Funnel for holding the filters.

Items needed for Step 1 Washing:

Your choice in Solvents, if permitted by your local laws.

Ethanol - Food Grade ..........................................................At a liqueur store near you!

Isopropyl - USP-NF 99% Isopropyl Alcohol .........................[1 Gallon ]  [4 Gallons ] 

Or 91% works very well. USP-NF 91% .........................Out of Stock

Acetone - ACS Reagent/USP/Food Grade .........................[1 Gallon]

Tip:Buy a still for alcohol recovery. Isopropyl distills to 91% so you can recover and reuse it.

    WARNING: Say away from products that advertise 99.5% Isopropyl. There is something 

very questionable about this product. Best to stay away.

Ethyl Acetate - ACS/USP/NF Grade.................................... [1 gallon]

Items needed  for Step 3 Distilling:

WARNING: Always use electric heat sources for distilling in well ventilated spaces. Open flame is 

             dangerous. Use a hotplate or skillet for the heat source. A Quart pot is fine if not recovering alcohol.

For alcohol recovery, it is recommended to use either a table top Moonshine Still or Water distiller.

Moonshine Still with an Aquarium Pump for driving the still’s condenser plus silicone tubing 

to hook it up. Typically these small stills use 1/2 Silicone Tubing  and  3/8 Silicon Tubing for all the

connections. Use a 5 gallon bucket to hold water for the condenser.

Countertop Water Distiller.

Items needed  for Step 4 Winterizing:

Household freezer.

Napkins and Funnel.

Items needed for Step 5 Reducing:

Note: Only use devices with small temperature swings. Devices with thermostat power cords are most 

accurate and have smaller temperature swings. 

     Electric Skillet

     Fondue Makers  Cuisinart  or  Rival.

Electric Griddle.

Here is a test video showing a 5 degree swing using a skillet.

Also, it's crucial to have a perfectly flat bottom bowls for even heat distribution. Use bowls like these to 

     place in the freezer as well as the skillet for the final reduction.

     For large reductions, use a flat bottom quart pot

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

Tips and Tools

Tip: Water distillers work, but lose a substantial amount of alcohol due to heat. An entry level Moonshine Still is the real engineered solution that works. Use a Still for alcohol recovery and, if legal, raising the proof of the alcohol.

Obtaining 190proof/95% Ethanol for Final Reduction.

Its very helpful 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 available in your state, here's something to investigate. Depending on your state's laws, owning and operating a moonshine still concentrate the alcohol may be legal. Here is the most important point. You will not be generating new alcohol. You will be removing the water. This is legal to do in most states. Use a moonshine setup like the one listed above for condensing your alcohol. You can take 80proof/40% vodka and concentrate it to 190proof/95% in a single pass. The trick is to stop distilling once the rises a few degrees above ethanol's boiling point, 78c/173f.  What the temperature gauge closely. Once the needle starts moving higher, swap capture jars.  The first jar will contain 95% ethanol, the second about 70% as it collects more water. Save that second jar for future distillations.

Do your homework. Find out if this is legal in your area before proceeding. If not, then use the highest proof available but you might have to heat it up to 65c/150f. Do not boil the alcohol, you'll end up with water only. 

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