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Why invest in a BioStill

BioAfrica has built over 40 Biostills for our happy customers

It is interesting to see that most people wishing to buy their new distillation equipment, often consult engineers or manufactures of stainless steel tanks or boilermakers and steam supply companies. Surely it would be wiser to purchase essential oil extraction equipment from companies that produce essential oils in large volumes? BioAfrica experienced this first hand, and this cost BioAfrica a small fortune. In this case we learned that most engineers are very knowledgeable in the theory of distillation and that the steam distillation process is very simple to understand. Basically plant matter is placed in a sealed retort, then steamed for a number of hours, producing hydrolyte and essential oils. This is precisely the problem BioAfrica faced: none of the engineers had actually distilled essential oils in large volumes. Their core business is to produce and sell equipment not distill essential oils. Consequently every machine BioAfrica ever bought from very reputable companies is now standing in our museum or the scrap heap.

BioAfrica's Extraction Experience

Over the last 7 years BioAfrica has extracted more than 60 000 tons of plant matter. This taught us that every step of the distillation process is vitally important including the following steps: harvesting, how to store fresh plant matter,how to generate steam, and the optimal time each different plant type is distilled. Cost is the most important consideration; most people think that a ‘cheap big pot’ is a bargain, often forgetting that steam generation is the single most expensive cost factor of essential oil production. This consumes profits. Investing in an energy efficient distillation system not only leads to the responsible control of greenhouse gases mostly CO2 but also ensures that the farmers are around for many seasons.


BioStill2000 work

BioAfrica builds all distillation and extraction equipment in our own factory. BioAfrica has equipped a full workshop consisting of benders, rollers, lathes and 25mm plasma cutters for professional workmanship.

Our qualified workmen weld high grade 314 and 306 stainless steel with our argon welders. BioAfrica's light weight mobile extraction equipment manufactured from H4 aluminium is welded by our AC welder. All distillation equipment is independently pressure tested for maximum safety and reliability.

We are able to offer our clients a range of options. From aluminium or stainless steel trailers to harvester or any other equipment required by our clients.

BioBoiler work

The BioAfrica list of products includes:

  • Boiler coal, wood or bio mass fired.
  • Extraction and distillation equipment
  • Oil separators
  • Ethanol Bio Fuel distillation equipment for 1 to 5 tons
  • Honey processing equipment stainless steel

BioAfrica's BioStills

The BioStill50


It is extremely difficult to guess exactly when the essential oil bearing plants yields the right quality and quantity oil. To overcome this 'guessing game' a small 50 litre volume distillation pot was produced for a producer in Lesotho. It runs on single-phase electricity and is completely portable.

The BioStill50 only needs 40 litres of water for the cooling of steam to hydrolyte. The BioStill50 will yield small samples essential oils, enough for most buyers to determine quality. With an average distillation time of about 2.3 hours the still is easy to operate and is cleaned in matter minutes.

The BioStill50 is made from Stainless steel. It costs R14500 per unit and requires a 50% deposit with a delivery time of 14 working days.

It Includes:

  • 50l retort with lid
  • Condenser and pump
  • Oil separator
  • Electric steam generator

The BioStill200


The BioStill200 is ideal for the small to medium sized essential oil farmer who has up to 5 ha of essential oil crops; it is perfect for; lavender, rosemary, thyme, rose geranium, spear mint etc. The BioStill200 can distill up to 1 metric ton of plant mater a day. It is easy to operate and discharging the spent plant matter takes only a few minutes.

BioAfrica has used one such unit for almost 5 years - in fact this unit has produced many hundreds of thousands of Rands of good essential oils for a very low investment. Its low electricity consumption allows it be used almost anywhere.

If an electric steam boiler is needed it requires a 3phase 360 to 400 volt system, with about 80 amps. A water intake of about 100 litres per hour and a cooling system of 3000 l/h a surface area of about 50m 2 is required and a discharge heap of 500m 2 is required. The average still time of 1.5 hours.

The BioStill200 is made from Stainless steel. It costs R49500 per unit excluding boiler and requires a 50% deposit with a delivery time of 14 working days.

It Includes:

  • 200l retort with lid
  • Condenser and pump with water cooler
  • Oil separator
  • Optional - Electric steam generator

The BioStill2000


When the serious essential oils farmers have reached the 5 to 15 ha capacity the BioStill2000 becomes the indispensable tool to reaching agricultural viability.
Designed for the larger volumes of plant matter of up to 20 t per ha. Suitable for the leafy lavender, rosemary, thyme, rose geranium, spear mint varieties. But not limited to these.

One such unit has been extensively used for the past 5 years with total satisfaction. 50% of the essential oil quality is determined by a combination of correct genetic variety of essential oil bearing plant matter and good plant husbandry but the other 50% is no mystery but the efficient distillation of ripe plant matter and the scientifically researched and proven BioStill2000 design.

The BioStill2000 is made from Stainless steel. It costs R59500 per unit excluding boiler and requires a 50% deposit with a delivery time of 14 working days.

It Includes:

  • 2000l retort with lid
  • Condenser and pump with water cooler
  • Oil separator
  • Optional - Electric steam generator

Optional Extras for all BioStills

  • Commissioning on site
  • Trailer mounting
  • Cooling Tower
  • Wood or coal fired boiler
  • Training

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