BZB Manifesto

  1. The build-a-BEEST store: build your very own beest...
  1. The metaBEEST concept: a modular system for building customizable, scalable, reconfigurable systems, from certified components…
  1. The Evolution of a BEEST: from the smallest starter Bipod to the largest megaBEESTadon, a seamless upgrade path…
  1. Cut sheets: with capacity, productivity, and requirements…
  1. small BEEST
  2. medium BEEST
  3. large BEEST
  4. xLarge BEEST 

1. The build-a-BEEST store:

...build your very own beest

BEESTs are customized to match the needs and run styles of their owners. Like a hand-tailored suit, we take your measurements, show you all the options, do a dry run on the demo machine, and design a configuration that meets your needs.

Once you are ready to make a deposit, we schedule an in-person design consultation. In most cases we can build a machine while you wait. We only schedule one client per day, by appointment only.

BEESTs come in two distinct flavors: mono-racks and multi-racksMono-racks are what they sound like, having all of their machine functions on a single integrated rack. Multi-racks are mashups of several machines together, with their functions clustered on  two or more racks.

Design consultations start with The Three Questions

Riddle me this... If you answer these three questions, we can design a machine for you:

1) What is your desired end product, and what is your intended solvent? (butane shatter, propane wax, ethanol crude for distillate)
2) What is your desired capacity per day and per week?
3) What is your budget, and how soon do you wish to purchase?

2. The metaBEEST concept:

...a modular system for building customizable, scalable, reconfigurable systems, from certified components

The Way of the Five Vessel Weldments and the Five Machine Functions: The core of our design philosophy is: Modularity, Scalability, Flexibility.

Our vessel weldments come in five sizes, allowing for a variety of volumes to match design requirements. All of our vessels are jacketed and can be used with CO2, LN2, or recirculating heaters or chillers. The vessels share the same size clamps and gaskets, so all tops and bottoms are interchangeable, excluding the 4” columns. This feature allows for a seamless scale-up.

Five Vessel Weldments:

Column name ID OD Clamp
OAL
Volume (L)
4/5 4" 5" 4" 36", 42" 5-7
5/6
5"
6"
6"
36", 42"
10-12
6/8
6"
8"
6"
42", 48" 18-20
10/12 10" 12"
6"
36", 42"
40-50
600/650  600mm 650mm
6"
36" 215


We build five machine functions from these vessels: Solvent, Material, Dewax, Collection, and Molecular Sieve. Each of these functions can be implemented in the appropriately sized vessel, by combining vessel sizes volumetrically. The table below shows the relative vessel size for each machine function, and how vessels scale up with system size.

 

Five Vessel Weldments:                Five Machine Functions:

Column Name Solvent Material Dewax Collection MolSiev
4/5 0 Small 0 0 all
5/6 Small Medium
Small
0
0
6/8
Medium
Large
Medium
Small, Medium
0
10/12
Large
XLarge
Large
Medium, Large
0
600/650
XLarge
0
XLarge
XLarge
0

 

3. The Evolution of a BEEST:

...from the smallest starter Bipod to the largest megaBEESTadon, a seamless upgrade path


BEESTs are designed for evolution. You can grow your BEEST by simply buying more columns to fit on your rack, and more racks when you run out of room. Once a mono-rack BEEST grows to a certain size (Octapod or Decapod), they tend to divide into two or more multi-racks. Instead of having to buy an entirely new machine as you grow, you can focus attention and investment on the vessels you need most. Start small, and scale up by reinvesting your profits.

There are two ways that BEESTs can grow, by scaling-up and by scaling-out:

  • scaling-up means larger columns
  • scaling-out means more columns

Scaling-up to larger diameters can affect run performance, such as cooling rates and extraction efficiency. However, since the expensive cap and Swagelok interfaces are portable between vessel sizes, scaling up is a cost efficient way to grow production capacity as you grow from Small to Medium, and Medium to Large.


Scaling-out with more columns does not affect run performance at all. So long as there is enough human-power to operate, you can double production by doubling the amount of hardware and running it in parallel. This is called “scaling linearly”. The downside is that cost scales linearly too; doubling production by doubling equipment means doubling the up-front cost of that equipment. (Note: these systems can pay themselves off in 10 days of use.)


We prefer a balanced combination of scaling up and out: Find the size column that fits your process and handling needs, and then replicate it until your capacity needs are met. (It wouldn’t make sense to build a Small size megaBEEST, for instance…)

SMALL BIPOD: the smallest starter

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This is the smallest, cheapest, BEEST we make.
It has only two of the five columns types: Material and Collection. That is all you need to start processing material. To operate this unit, you will need a standard 50 lb HVAC tank and dry ice or a pump. Once you can afford the $2,500.00 for our 5 gallon stainless steel tank, you will replace this yellow and grey jank-tech.
This BEEST may be small, but  can easily grow by filling its two empty slots with more material columns or a solvent column and a dewaxer.

 


SMALL QUADRAPOD: original full BEEST

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Switch to a 6-column hex-rack and you can build out a full Hexapod mono-rack.

 


SMALL HEXAPOD: the fullest BEEST with dewax

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Scale each column up from Small to Medium. After that, you’re off to the megaBEESTs…

 


Certified MEDIUM HEXAPOD for Live Resin

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 A mono-rack live resin BEEST, sized for production.
Featuring two Medium sized material columns with CO2, for live resin processing, a molecular sieve for drying out fresh-frozen runs, and an oversized 50 L collection evaporator with squirt-bowl, for heavy production runs back to back...
 
Comes with the following components:

  • 2x Solvent columns: 6/8x42” 20L with CO2 cooling
  • 2x Material column: 5/6x42” 12L with CO2 cooling
  • 1x Collection column: 10/12x42” 50L heated, with squirter
  • 1x Molecular Sieve: 4/5x36” 5L heated
  • All hoses and fittings needed to run the machine

 

(Spreadsheet coming soon)  


*assumptions: 5 lb in the material column is a light easy pack (ethanol). 10 lb is an underestimate for hard pack with grind (hydrocarbons). 5-10 lb is reasonable for fresh frozen material.

**assumptions: 0.5 lb/minute is standard and trivial with collection pot at 100F. 1.5 lb/minute assumes there is ad
vanced level evaporation technology such as coils in the evaporator (observed).

***assumptions: Zero overhead assumes that a material column is available to run as soon as one has finished recovering; this is advanced technique. -5 minutes implies that runs are slightly overlapping, such as when processing crude oil.

 

(Spreadsheet coming soon) 


*assumptions: 10 lb in the material column is a light easy pack (ethanol). 15 lb is an underestimate for hard pack with grind (hydrocarbons).

**assumptions: 1.5 lb/minute assumes there is advanced level evaporation technology. 4 lb/minute assumes mega-advanced evaporation technology (observed).

***assumptions: Zero overhead assumes that a material column is available to run as soon as one has finished recovering; this is advanced technique. -15 minutes implies that runs are overlapping, which is only possible with sufficient solvent and collection space, and means that half hour runs are overlapped by 50%, yielding a throughput of 4 runs per hour… (60 / ((60 / 2) - 15) = 4)