III. Required tools for your moonshine still

Pictured above are some of the tools you’ll need to construct your column reflux still. Some tools you may already have laying around the house. Others you may have to buy. Note that you can substitute a hack saw for the pipe cutters in a pinch, but the pipe cutter will give you much better results, trust me… You can find all of these supplies at your local Home Depot or Lowes. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Small pipe cutter (to cut 1/2″ and 3/4″ pipe)
  • Large pipe cutter (to cut 1 1/2″ pipe)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil (marker, whatever…)
  • Crescent wrench
  • Silver lead-free solder
  • Tinning flux
  • Blow torch and something to light it
  • Steel wool (or sand paper)
  • Bench vice
  • Teflon tape
  • Round file (rasp)

I like to use a bench vise to hold my work. It makes the job much more simple. It’s like an extra set of hands. I lay an old towel between the jaws (you’ll see it in later pictures) to avoid scratching or scraping the pipe that I’m working on as I will polish the whole project in the end. And scratches will really detract from the overall appeal.

Time to gather the parts. >>

*Note: Only operate any still outdoors. Obtain all required building, safety, federal and state permits and licenses before operating your still.