fbpx
Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil and Products

EUCALYPTUS SEASON HAS BEGUN WITH THE NEW STILL BUILT at Emu Ridge

Our Eucalyptus season has begun and Larry’s newly engineered still is proving to be an impressive time saver!  The process has changed a little bit but the overall concept remains the same which is Steam Distillation. Check out this quick video to give you an idea!

HOW HE BUILT IT BELOW

The process is now as follows below:

  • Larry collects the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee leaf using his mechanical harvester, which cuts the trees at the front and the leaf goes up the shoot then into a pot on the back which now holds 1 ton of leaf. You can view the harvesting process here.
  • The pot of leaf has a mesh lid put on top and then this pot is turned over and put on top of another pot, the original still which is filled with water.

 

  • Underneath the water pot a fire is lit and this begins to boil the water which then turns into steam.
  • The steam rises into the next pot which has the leaves. The steam goes through the leaves and ruptures the oil cell which then turn into vapour.
  • Both steam and vapour rise up and out through a pipe into the new condenser. The steam and vapour go through small pipes and cold water circulates the pipes. Cooling and condensing the steam and vapour into water and oil.

Larry with his new condenser he built, this is what it looks like inside, lot of welds in there!

The finished condenser in its correct place.

  • The water and oil run down into a tank where there is a simple separator. The oil is lighter than water so this sits on top and flows off through a copper pipe and then out into a drum.
  • And that is how the oil made.

Now with Larry’s new still he only has to do one distillation as the oil comes out clean and refined the first time. This makes it much easier and quicker for Larry to produce the oil. One process can take 2-3 hours and we get about 15-20 litres of Eucalyptus oil from 1 ton of leaf.

Emu Ridge manufacturing Eucalyptus oil on Kangaroo Island since 1991

Share this post



10 thoughts on “EUCALYPTUS SEASON HAS BEGUN WITH THE NEW STILL BUILT at Emu Ridge

  1. Excellent news Larry and Bev. Our overseas visitors love their visit to Emu Ridge. It is also fantastic to see the outcomes from Larry’s Churchill Fellowship. Our best wishes

  2. Having visited you last year it was great to see your progress and to know you are not standing “still”. Heard about the fires on KI and trust you are all safe.

    • Hi Ann & Keith, thanks for your comment. I don’t think Larry & Bev will ever stand still and it’s forever changing. Yes we are all safe and I believe they have now got the fire under control, thanks to all the firefighters. Kind regards, Ella.

  3. The new still looks fantastic. Best of Luck Turner family. I am now 80 but can remember my mother talking about a still on the Island when she was a teenager. I am a descendant of the original Biuck family. Visited your shop a couple of years ago when I was on K I

Leave a Reply to Ann and Keith McCollim Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *