QUITE POSSIBLY MY CANTOS CLANDESTINUS!!!!
If Oscar from Sesame Street were a clandestine trashcan chemist, this is the stuff he would do...
I want to lower the bar & start from a slovenly, amoral & financially strapped yet innovative point of origin for the would be home experimenter.
I'm altering the course of this thread to something more shameful. This is to devolve into projects for the bathtub cook or the wanna be upper class bums. The kind of bum that'll hit you up for change down town while they let you borrow their cell phone to call a cab after all the transit systems shut down for the night.
The kind of bum that collects not-quite-empty bottles from behind bars and so on.... This is for the technically shameless. I hope you like it for whatever it may be worth. Which is usually somewhere at or around free.
Last night someone gave me a camping double boiler thing with another (triple boiler) reservoir in it. It's all aluminum and locks down with some pressure fittings on the lid.
Soooo, the idea was, fill the main chamber 1/3 or so with something to be extracted... drill some vent holes in the next aluminum reservoir that sits inside that but seals around the mouth of the main pot. Then a 3rd one goes inside of the second one for some reason and the lid pressure fits/seals them all together when you twist lock it..
I made a hole in the 3rd one to fit a glass flower pot type container deeply enough that the lid would still fit and the glass wouldn't be touching the 2nd reservoir below it...
I drilled 3 vent holes high in the sidewall of the 2nd reservoir as a first pass capture pan and allowing more volatile vapor to reach the lid where some scheme of cooling will cause that to condense and drip into the glass flower pot thing...
Look, they all just stack inside one another already, ok?
It works in similar fashion to the Thai Power Iso-2 as a soxhlet extractor but I was just curious if it might separate thermally distant fractions. I can see this working better with the center cut out of the lid and a cold finger adapted over the glass catch trap. The cold finger would be an aluminum or copper pipe with a cap at the end holding dry ice & acetone to center the condensate into the glass trap. Provided it's not SOOO cold you sublime whatever the vapor is into a solid around the cold finger tube... Which is precisely the effect you get when you notice your freezer is growing a frost ceiling and your ice cubes are shrinking.... Sublimation..
This is perhaps my most penultimate ghetto fabulous device to date. Maybe even more so than my 2 & 1 liter soda bottle DeWars type cold finger condenser (which is nice to have if your reflux column breaks in action, BTW!!)
Notice the 'personal massager' on the side? Hey! It's an agitator!