|River Antoine Wood Fire Heated Still from 200 Years Ago|
|"Coffin Still" Kentucky Hills Shiner's Method|
Many a moonshiner has blown himself up when the vapors of alcohol escaped from their still and got to their heat source and ignited. The real problem is that many of the stills, both legal and illegal don't have a way to make steam safely and rely on propane or wood fires to heat their still. I've seen people use a kitchen gas stove as a heat source. If it gets too hot, then there is a risk of the alcohol vapor being ignited and at minimum a fire or maybe an explosion.
|Stove Top Still with an Open Flame|
All I can say is before you start to play with distilling find out what you are doing and realize that it is illegal for a reason, not just for tax and health reasons, but for your well being and personal safety.