I’ve got a 4" Pope with the factory feed flask, which of course doesn’t work very well for our purposes. I’ve picked up a Masterflex peristaltic pump and a cone-bottomed stainless tank, and my plan is to make a Beaker-n-Wrench style feed system (cuz I can’t afford an actual B&W system, as awesome as they appear to be).
My question is what to do with the de-gassing step that is part of Pope’s SOP. They have a little vacuum circuit that draws down the crude, and the recommend doing this for half an hour before beginning distillation. We’ll be feeding de-carbed, winterized crude - is this even necessary, or can I skip it? If it’s necessary, would simply pulling a vacuum on the stainless tank do the trick?
Thanks. Any other ideas you might have for this project are also very welcome.