Once again, we introduce a trade-off, this time between time and money. A safe and worry free way to significantly speed up the process of compound distillation, without stressing the column or reducing the reflux ratio, is to add columns. Using our guidelines of 1 kW of power for a 50mm (2") column, you could run with a 3 kW element continuously at full power if you mounted three 50mm columns to the still, each with their own condenser. A single condenser could be used, but only if you devise a way of splitting the reflux into three equal streams to feed back to the columns - a design challenge for you! The heat-up time would be the same, the equilibration time would be the same, but the main run would only take 1/3 as long while producing the best possible product.
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