How to assemble your copper still kit

Watch our entire free video series below

This 7 video series runs through the process of assembling our 1, 5, and 10 gallon copper moonshine still kits, start to finish. We've also included time lapse videos of the construction of our 1 gallon copper still and our 5 gallon copper still. Additionally, we've included a video on building a copper parrot as well as a video on the assembly of our 8 gallon stainless steel distiller.

Clawhammer Supply moonshine still kits are designed to be easily assembled by someone with any level experience with sheet metal fabrication and soldering. The parts are pre-cut and fit together perfectly. Soldering may be a bit tricky at first, but we show plenty of examples and give quite a few pointers so even someone with no prior experience can figure it out. We provide our videos for free because we want you to know exactly what you're getting yourself into before you purchase a kit from us. Have a question about the kits or the assembly process? Feel free to contact us.

Part 1 - Safety

This video covers safety and lists the tools you will need to build copper distillation equipment. The tools needed for building a 1 gallon, 5 gallon, or 10 gallon still are roughly the same.

Part 2 - Boiler Shaping

This video covers bending tabs on the boiler, shaping it, and securing it in order to rivet the boiler together.

Part 3 - Boiler Riveting and Soldering

This video covers riveting the boiler, soldering the boiler wall seam, and soldering the bottom into the boiler.

Part 4 - Vapor Cone

This video covers riveting and soldering the vapor cone and attaching it to the boiler.

Part 5 - Collar, Cap Skirt, and Cap Plate

This video covers assembling the collar and soldering it to the vapor cone. It also covers assembling the cap skirt and soldering it to the cap plate. Note, if you have a 1 gallon kit, the process will be slightly different. See this guide for a few additional steps: Come back to this page and continue with the videos to finish the 1 gallon still after reading the 1 gallon guide.

Part 6 - Column and Drip Arm

This video covers soldering the copper column to the cap plate and skirt and assembling the drip arm.

Part 7 - Cleaning

This video covers cleaning and polishing. UPDATE: The easiest way to clean a still after building is to use some 100 grit sandpaper and apply a matte finish.

Complete Build of A Copper Moonshine Still

This video shows me building a 5 gallon copper distiller using a Clawhammer kit. Making the still took roughly 3 hours, but was condensed down to a bit less than 4 minutes for this time lapse video.

Making A 1 Gallon Copper Still

This video shows the build process for our 1 gallon copper moonshine still.

Building a Copper Proofing Parrot

This video shows the construction of a Clawhammer proofing parrot.

Assembling a Pre Built 8 Gallon Stainless Steel Distiller

Assembling pre-built distillation equipment is a breeze. Here is our 8 gallon stainless still being assembled.