How to Distill Oil Using a Coffee Pot

Traditional stove-top coffee pots contain an internal structure that makes distilling liquids easy.
••• coffee pot image by AGphotographer from

Distillation occurs when a liquid is separated from impurities within it. The most common distillation method is to evaporate the liquid and collect the cooled drops into a separate container, resulting in a pure form of the liquid. You can easily distill liquids such as oil in a traditional stove-top coffee pot. These coffee pots force liquids through a gasket filled with ground coffee and collect the coffee in a container. If you remove the coffee gasket from the coffee pot, the coffee pot will simply distill the liquid that is poured into it, via the evaporation method.

    Unscrew the coffee pot and remove the gasket from the middle. This gasket appears as a small round container with many small holes in the bottom.

    Place the oil you want to distill into the coffee pot's bottom container.

    Screw the coffee pot’s top container onto the bottom of the pot, while holding both pieces upright. Do not tilt the coffee pot.

    Place the pot on a stove and turn the stove on with minimal heat.

    Wait for the pot to make noise and start spouting vapors in the air. This tells you that the oil has been distilled.

    Things You'll Need

    • Coffee pot
    • Stove


    • Do not use a high flame on your stove if you plan to distill oil. Some oils might reach ignition temperature due to extreme pressure. The pressure relief valve in your coffee pot might not suffice if you use a high flame.

Related Articles

How to Increase the Viscosity of Oil
Steam Distillation vs. Simple Distillation
How to Extract Lemon Oil
How to Separate a Mixture of Sugar & Water
Difference Between Hydraulic Fluid & Oil
What is the Difference Between Reflux & Distillation?
Test Your Knowledge on Middle School Science
How to Increase the Viscosity of Oil
How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg Go Into a Coke Bottle
How to Separate Ink From Water
Advantages & Disadvantages of Rotary Screw Air Compressors
How to Make Crystals with Epsom Salt
How to Make a Water Filter Using Sand & Rocks
How to Build a Small Still
How to Make MSM Crystals
How to Convert PSI to Horsepower
How to Make a Vacuum Chamber for a Science Experiment
How to Distill Used Motor Oil for Diesel Fuel
How to Separate Alcohol From Water
How to Calculate the Horsepower of a Compressor
How to Convert Salt Water into Freshwater (Drinking...