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The first truly multi-function unit available, the new Essential Extractor Pro Series II combines the proven design of the Essential Extractor Pro Series with the benefit of separate Pot Still and Reflux columns! The Pro Series II allows for the 3' long reflux column to be taken apart. You can attach the top portion of the column directly to your kettle for use as a Pot Still head in traditional distillations, or assemble the column for use in reflux distilling.

Producer has combined the proven design of the with top quality components. Our 29.5qt kettle is produced from NSF Certified, heavy gauge 18-8 stainless steel with stainless steel handles, and only high-quality dairy tubing is used for our distillation column. All parts are welded with superior quality craftsmanship, polished, and pressure tested to ensure trouble free use.

The design incorporates our Patent Pending Pro Series cooling system for use in reflux mode. By placing the cooling lines near the top of the distillation column, reflux is created where it is intended- at the top of the tower. This allows for the most effective use of the column filling by causing the refluxed liquid to flow down through it, resulting in a cleaner distillate. Crossing the cooling lines instead of leaving them parallel results in a much more efficient cooling system, requiring less cooling water while maintaining effectiveness.

The uses a full length, 3’ long column for true reflux operation. This results in a cleaner, more pure distillate. We also offer the choice of either Ceramic Raschig Rings or Copper Mesh column packing. While adding copper to the distillation column can offer some definite advantages, many still prefer ceramic rings. We lets you choose your packing.

Our distillation unit has been carefully designed to allow you the greatest flexibility in method of use, depending on what you are distilling. Usable for distilling many things, from water to vinegars to essential oils, and even alcohol*.

For those in free countries where alcohol distillation is legal, or with proper licensing in North America, this unit can be used to produce 95% pure ethanol simply and safely.

In order to improve versatility and decrease potential problems, we do not include an immersed heating element with our unit. This allows the user to control the speed of boil. By slowing the boil, purity can be improved.

An external heating element also provides the option of placing solid materials in the boiler for essential oil extraction. With an internal element, this will cause burning of the material.

The Essential Extractor has several advantages over other brands:
Longer Column produces higher purity, and allows for faster distillation. No short column currently matches both the purity and speed!

Solid Stainless Steel

Patent Pending top mounted cooling system with crossed cooling lines for better efficiency

Changeable PVC hoses give flexibility on method of use (Traditional vs. Reflux)

Chemical Tolerant Distillate Hose

External heat source means no need for electricity and no element to burn out, resulting in a lower operating cost

29.5 qt. Heavy-Duty Kettle with Stainless Steel Handles allows for larger batches and is built to last!

You pick the packing!! Select from Ceramic Raschig Rings or Copper Mesh

All Essential Extractor units include a Submersible Water Pump

Lifetime Warranty