While the basic distillation process is more-or-less the same for various types of essential oil production, it’s important to know the difference between distillation equipment.
These two main varieties of copper distillers are used for making homemade essential oils.
Both distillers have the same description, and it looks like this
“Amazingly simple and functional, especially for the production of essential oils and simple schnapps”
And it’s true! In the same time, we have to decide what to choose. Let’s get it started!
The bowl-shaped Alquitar head has a semi-spherical interior chamber where vapours gather.
This bowl is filled with cold water and when the vapours come in contact with the cold surface they liquify and exit through a spout, commonly known as “Biqueira” in Portugal.
Depending on the model and/or size the bowl may have two spouts (in addition to the spout where the essential oils exits), one at the bottom where the cold water enters and cools the condensing chamber and the other on top of the bowl where warm water exits. Alquitars are of soldered union construction, meaning they are constructed in the old traditional way, a tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation. Any soldered unions are welded with brass or copper depending on location, thus obtaining a non-lead construction.
Pros: Design, copper
Cons: inefficient cooling system, a small volume of the chamber for herbs,
And as you see there is no such a feature as refilling the chamber (herbs) during the distillation process.
Ukrainian essential oil distiller
Manufactured especially for making essential oils so that we designed it with the extended column.
Distiller has 2 parts -- column & condenser, and boiler
Both parts tightened by Tri-clamp connection. It gives additional value for this distiller, because of the durability of such type constructions.